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  •  Those are great! Do you draw on the computer (8+ / 0-)

    or on paper?

    What is the man with the gun dictum?

    -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

    by SensibleShoes on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 06:19:08 PM PST

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    •  Laying it Out (3+ / 0-)

      I've made out these "forms" pre-marked to my proportions that I use for roughing out my layouts.  Sometimes I script out the dialogue for each page first and design the layout to fit; often the dialogue and the layout sort of evolve together.

      I then draw out the art on paper and ink it with technical markers.  I scan the art into my computer and do the greytones and insert the dialogue with PhotoShop.

      Because my ancient version of PhotoShop doesn't have any good tools for creating word balloons, I draw them freehand at the inking stage and hope I leave myself enough room for my dialogue.  It helps to write the dialogue out on the page at the pencilling stage, but sometimes I wind up having to edit in order to fit the balloons.

      I think Dashiell Hammett was the one who said that "When things begin to flag, have a man walk into the room with a gun."  SF writer A.E. van Vogt had a similar principle:  he liked to say that he tried to introduce "Something New" every 700 words to keep the reader surprised.

      Read my webcomic, "Hannibal Tesla Adventure Magazine" at

      by quarkstomper on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 02:24:22 AM PST

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