My way is a little weird... My comic is two parts, and the first part is completely written out in a sort of novel format. I got the story critiqued before I began drawing, because story and character development are really important to me.
While I was getting it critiqued, I did character designs. Then I did revisions to the story. Once the story was all set, I started to take a chapter and I thumbnail the chapter out on regular printer paper, 2 pages on one sheet. Then I use the thumbnails as a guide for the comic pages, which I draw on bristol board traditionally. I ink them using Microns and a Japanese G-Pen with Deleter Black manga ink. I used to fill in blacks with regular india ink and a brush, but I've moved away from the pure black. I scan the pages and then color them digitally.
Having all the planning, story, and designs done makes it sooo easy to just go in and start drawing. I constantly have motivation and a direction to go in.
I prefer to work this way, because I found that by not planning out, or only planning things loosely, made me lose interest, because I'd be agonizing over how to lay out a page. Now I get the layout stuff done beforehand, and I can tweak it if I feel like it's not working. But I don't have to think about it otherwise, lol.
I see!! Haha, the comic I'm doing is going to be an expanded and updated version of a short story I did a while back. I want to make it both cute, and rather engaging, and I'm aiming in a different direction than the old script. The goal is to have story, characters, and conflict, but also have the romance and cuteness of the original draft. I also want to bring it out to be more realistic, and yet still carrying that innocent atmosphere.
Sounds like your technique is very advanced and planned out... but I'm happy that it works for you! I think I need a combination of planning, and just straight forward "going into it" because that's how my story style goes too. When I write stories, I tend to like to give myself a very basic planning, and then go into it expecting the entire story to change as I write it XD As it turns out, when I give it space to change, but I still have a direction, it does far better and exceeds my expectations!
I think I will take your advice on doing character sheets and I might try summarizing the basics of the story in a short and not very descriptive way so that I can keep in mind the story as I write. Then I will use these summaries to create dialogue, but leave room to change dialogue as needed. Character settings and expressions will only be said briefly, to leave room for drawing, and character dialogue will still exist. I think that would be best for me. It's great to see how everyone else does it though!!!
Oooh, sounds like you have a nice goal in mind for where you want to take it! Goals make things happen! ::high fives::
I totally see where you're coming from, haha... I actually write the exact same way. I often write out bullet-point outlines, which I totally ignore when I start writing the story XD The outline for me is a way to sketch out the major story points and find out where the thing is going before I commit to writing in a certain direction. It saves me time and headaches and makes it easier for me to just go in and write lol. Sometimes I'll have to re-plan a thing too, because I'll go in such a different direction that the original outline is just obsolete.
I encourage you to experiment with what works for you! I did and that's how I found out I work better with heavily planned comics, and vaguely planned novels/stories. You can only know through practice <3
Character sheets are very useful! Just be careful not to go too overboard, lol... I can spend days upon days making them. I also prefer flat colors, (what designers call "local colors" I think) because I can just shade on top of those. I also did a little environment design, and I have organized reference folders for deserts, cities, horses, etc.
I did the same thing with settings and expressions! Unfortunately that made the writers who critiqued it real mad XD a lot of them commented on me leaving those descriptions out. It's funny because when people read my non-comic writing I usually get the opposite, since I'm a "visual" writer more than anything else. But it's saved me a ton of time leaving that stuff out while planning the story, because I'm drawing it myself, I don't really need that stuff. If I was gonna hire an artist, that would be a different story...
I'm excited to see where you go!! KEEP IMPROVING YEAH ::fist pump::
Well, I'm still not experienced enough in making comics to say what actually works for me. I'm still just messing around. Sometimes I write a rough script, and sometimes I just draw whatever I feel like.
Just be careful that you don't get stuck in perfectionism. That's a huge motivation killer!
Fair enough XD I wish you luck for your projects though. I really like what you've done thus far, and I'm sure you'll find a good technique. c:
I'll try I tend to be a HUGE perfectionist, so that might end up being a challenge for me. I'm trying to be less of a perfectionist about art though... I want to do well, but the point is to IMPROVE, not kill yourself doing it! LOL
My biggest advice is to NOT make a script and just go from page to page and have fun with it. Whenever I've tried to make scripts in the past, I end up losing interest quickly because everything is already planned and I like to have a bit more freedom in my comics
I've actually tried that in the past and my comic ends up being a mess I've really thought about it based on everyone's suggestions, and I decided I would do a combination of planning and just going at it at random, since that seems to be my style of writing as well in terms of my short stories. Because I've tried having a super detailed script, and that doesn't seem to work either, because I get too "perfectionist" about it, and then I don't end up getting anything done :c My goal is to cure my perfectionist side and just go at it xD
That's a good suggestion Since everyone's suggestions are so different, I might try a little of everything myself. I think I need a combination of planning and just going at random myself - so I might see what works for me.
Indeed, I think actually having discussions is my biggest motivator for a lot of things I'll have to see if this comic will draw any attention from my readers of my short stories. I'm still deciding whether or not I even WANT to do a comic. I've never really been able to stick with comics before.