These are my preliminary eight pages of the first issue. I specifically did these without dialog balloons and text to see if the sequence of images tell the story alone. This was a good exercise for me to see where I need to improve the story visually. Some standout observations.
- There are too many panels per page so I intend to rectify that in the pencil stage. It is probably going to increase the page count. If this spreads from eight to twelve pages it will be good. If so I will have to retool my script which is currently 64 pages long for 40 page graphic novel.
- These were done all digitally with a Wacom tablet directly into a graphic art program. I want more control over my lines so the next stage is pencil on Bristol boards. Then I’ll scan them in to Ps and ink digitally.
- I want more definition in terms of how my characters look these are too generic.
- I want to include clearer visual transitions or connections from one page to the next page. To my eye the story seems to jump around and not flow linearly.
- I am exploring example of how to distort panel sequences of my characters’ memories, looking at my fav artists Dali, Kara Walker, Peter Chung (animator)
Additionally I’ll work on some prelim cover ideas for the first issue and post up my ideas as I narrow in on the one I want. I plan to ink and color all my covers by by hand. My plans for this story is very ambitious for one person so the interior pages will be pencil, then scanned, inked and colored on computer.
Whew! Go me!
SOMETIMES LIFE IS LIKE A TUBE OF PASTE,
WITH ENOUGH PRESSURE APPLIED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,
YOU EVENTUALLY END UP WHERE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE
– ROBERT HUGHES
I sketched out some ideas of the first page, introducing the world of Red Amygdala and the people who inhabit it.
Here is a more finalized inking of how the first pages will appear in the book.
These ideas are closer to final panels of first page of Red Amygdala.
Initial Sketch Ideas of Page One
I’ve been working on conceptualizing this world and on the characters which I’ll share next time.
Finished the complete 40 page outline for issue one in five days and finished the first draft of the script for the first issue in two days. I started the outline two days before the start of class.
Taking a course at SVA to get my graphic novel out of my head and onto the page (PLEASE DON’T SUE ME PILAR!) First class was this past Monday, September 19.
My Core Project is Red Amygdala
Synopsis: Red Amygdala is a story of a cursed book in which six people are imprisoned.
I’ll post ideas and sketches, updating my progress as I go along this adventure while keeping the demons of procrastination at bay as I focus on the end game, where ever that takes me.