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How To Draw A Comic Book Page

Updated on April 3, 2011

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Drafting A Comic Book Page

Before anything is drawn, a simple written page plan of the panels that make up the page needs to be done, the layout is considered in this plan and each panel can be a description of what is happening, as this is uausally a good reference to draw later on.

The following is an example of how a page plan could look, this is called a page synopsis.

Panel 1:

Close up of a demons eye or head, looking evil and dark

Panel 2:

Small cutback shot of the full demon in his demonic lair that is dripping with slime, again looking evil.

Panel 3:

The demon as he leaves his lair and he lunges towards us.

Remember a page can have as many or as little panels as you want, so you decide, unless you aren't the comic book writer that is, I only assume you write and draw your own comics like me!

Now what we do is take that example above and start to sketch a thumbnail or two, just to plan out the page further, we of course don't concern ourselves with drawing details at this stage, we just want to capture the basis of our idea.

When I draw thumbnails, I usually draw a draft on A4 size paper with a HB pencil to sketch it in as I find them just excellent to draft things out.

You can see the ideas taking shape in the thumbnail sketch below.

Thumbnail Sketch Example The Draft Layout

A rough draft layout of the comic book page what is often referred to as a thumbnail.
A rough draft layout of the comic book page what is often referred to as a thumbnail.

Developing That Draft Page Sketch Further

 The comic page draft needs now to be worked on and so I retrace a basic outline from the initial draft with a pencil, but I do this loosely to not cement the pencil lines yet as there are some issues to be worked out, such as form and structure of the demon and it's relation to it's surroundings in the background.

Developed Page Draft- Looking Better!

Sorting out some of the elements of the detail, but mainly whether your initial idea will work, now's the time to change some stuff to suit.
Sorting out some of the elements of the detail, but mainly whether your initial idea will work, now's the time to change some stuff to suit.

Adding More Dark Areas And Detail

 By adding more dark areas to your page drawing, you can pretty much say at this stage that what you shade in and add more detail will more than likely stay when you come to ink the page later on.

See how the drawing is coming together now...

More Detail On The Comic Book Page

Drawing in the detail and more harder pencil lines sets things up nicely for the inking stage.
Drawing in the detail and more harder pencil lines sets things up nicely for the inking stage.

Inking The Comic Book Page Will Continue In A More Detailed Hubpage

The inking stage of our comic book page will continue in a future hubpage, because I want to go over in detail on the inking process and what mistakes to avoid as well as how to clean up your artwork and make it looks as professional as possible, because there's more to inking than I have ever explained in any of my drawing tutorials, so look out for this hubpage coming soon...

For now see how to draw comic books from professional resources with the books below...

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Robert!

      I'll have a go at putting all of my thoughts into a script writing process hubpage, because I find the scripting process a disjointed one that I quite often make up as I go along after I have worked out the story I start from different parts and work my way through them on seperate chapters and script accordingly...

      Scripting is about writing lots of notes and joining up all the loose ends so that it makes sense.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Dale!

      I do some free stuff for drawing here on hubpages and my blog, but plans are afoot to do some paid ebooks this year, it's just a matter of prioritizing my work, because I've got a graphic novel coming out soon and I need to really focus and finish that off.

      Thanks for the kind words and you are an excellent hubber too!

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      robertsloan2 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      THANK YOU! Script Frenzy begins in April and I'm going to try to create the script for at least a first chapter/book of "Three Dead Punks and a Telepath." I wanted to do thumbnails or a storyboard for it along with the script so that they could take the place of description... this is helping me a lot in what I have to do to make my graphic novel a reality.

      Please continue this series! Including one on how you script and write it! Fast! Soon! As in, before April!

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Dude, drawing and stuff like that doesnt interest me. However for those who are interested they certainly need to pay attention to your teachings.

      The info you give for free is really priceless and I hope people realize that.

      You are a hell of a great hubber

      Keep up the great work.

      Cheers

      Dale

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