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Tutorial: Comic making by Celsa Tutorial: Comic making by Celsa
This is the 'mini' tutorial about how to make comic pages I mentioned before. It's become longer than I though (sorry). I hope it's clear and useful.

Please, do check both text an images in combination >_<

:star: TUTORIAL :star:

Here I'll explain how I do my comic pages. Note that each person may have different techniques.
Forgive any english errors I may commit. It's not my natural languaje.

:bulletgreen:1. WRITING THE STORY

First of anything, you need to have a clear idea of the full story you are going to turn into a comic.
Then, write it down, as briefly as possible. If your story is long and it's going to be divided into chapters, write sinopsys for every chapter (or at least, for the one you're going to draw now). Make sure chapres are not too long.

:bulletgreen:2. WRITING THE SCRIPT

Now you're going to write the script in full detail

Start planning the content of each panel and write it down. Add what type of view is going to be (bird view, from below, close-up) and what the character/s are doing (that's is, a full description of the scene, but be brief. Always be brief)

Then add the dialogue for it's character. Something like this:

1. Half-body view of Dino, trying torecover from the fall. Hibird is near him.

-Dino: Ouch... Can't believe it...
-Hibird: (small) Dino, hurts?...

Do that for all the panels (it's tough and tedious, yeah...)

:bulletgreen:3. PANEL PLANNING

Now that the script is written, you need to plan the panels and pages layout. With the script nearby, do sketch as simply as possible how you want the panes to go on each page and the scene they'll contain (see the deviation picture for a sample)

This have to be quick, so don't detail the drawings. It just must give you a quick refence of what you're going to sketch later.
And remember to take text into consideration; if the scene's text is long, make sure there'll be enough space for it.

If you have to re-do page planning drafts, do as many times as you need. Also, you can change the script if you see fit (but remember to type down the corrections in the sript text as well)

Don't add to many panels per page. Around 6 is good. Less it'sperfectly OK if you need, but more than that can be troublesome and make the page crowded (unless they're blank panels for trasition scener or just text)

:bulletgreen:4. PANEL / PAGE TAMPLATE

You may do the panle lines digitally ot by hand. If you do by hand, use rulers always. If digitally, just use an editing program like Photoshop, then print them and sketch on them.

Keep always a copy of it.

And make sure to set up the page on a set-up format (like A4, A3, B5, B4....)

Print the template in some color, so it can be removed easily from the sketch in the computer.

And it's good to make a border to make sure where it's off-limits.

:bulletgreen:5. SKETCHING THE COMIC

Now, with the panel planning nearby, you just start sketching the pages. You're going to have to draw a lot, and later is going to be inked/cleaned in some way, so it's best if you leave the detailing for the inking, and sketch roughly for now (not too roughly)
See the picture on the deviation for sample.

:bulletgreen:6. INKING

For inking traditionally:

You'll have to either trace the sketch with a pencil, then inking and erasing the pencil.

Or, scan the sketches, print them in some light color (prefirably warm, since it's more different than the black of the ink by it's lightness level) in thick paper, then ink over that, and remove the color sketch in Photoshop (look for Hue/Saturation options, choose the colors, and take the lightness value to the max)

For inking digitally:

Scan the sketch and open it in a program like Photoshop, Corel Painter, etc... (I did in Corel Painter)
Then, it's just inking. In my case, I used different colors to tell appart the line from the filler more easily (see the deviation picture). I used dark blue for the line, lighter blue for the black filler, and other coloer for the parts where screentones should go.
You need to use different layers for each thing.

:bulletgreen:7. FINAL EDITING

Finally, it's just some editing and adding the screentones. (see the dev picture for sample)
In Photoshop or the likes, pick up the layer for the line, and edit it so the colors turn black (in hue/saturation, make the lightness to the minimum). Same for the layer with the black filler.

For the screentoning, select the colored area, and fill with the pattern, or add a pattern manually, select the color, select inverse, and cut. Add patterns in a different layer, and blind the layers with the colored areas ('cos it sometimes can be seen trought the borders)

:bulletgreen:8. ADDING THE TEXT

Since the edited file is going to be heavy, amke a copy with merged layers, and possibly save it a .JPG
Open it, and add the text, and the bubbles (if you didn't by hand) Then save as .PSD
I like to save a .JPG copy as well, for easier use. (see dev pic for sample)

And that's it. It should be done.

If you have questions, or I forgot anything, comment them on this deviation.
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SenXIII Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
This helps!
Featherwhiskerbunny1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So Awesome!!!! XD
NamiAnArt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dino and Hibari))
ParaXellate Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hi, with your permission can i use this for a group i recently created?
if no thats fine.
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
This will prove useful, I'll text ya if any problems occur.
Earthstripe09 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Wow! This is super helpful! Thank you so much for the tutorial. 
MagnificentScarlet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
6 looks 3D...
Kittenpiez1 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful thanks for submitting this
NekoChiiandChidori Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
How to you create the flash/interactive versions
NekoChii911 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   General Artist
-i used the wrong account above-
But yeah how do you create the flash/interactive versions?
xBlackBlueWolfx Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks a lot :D
LiLKANDiiKiTTY Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful ^.^ Thanks!
goomar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
vladimi12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
great tutorial =D
i have a question to ask?
how do you create a story from chapter to chapter?
Also, what are the formats/guides for a story?
motherfuckinjones Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read the Artist's Comment.. :3 She talks about writing the whole story out briefly first, then creating a summary/synopsis for each chapter. The next step is to then write the script. Study movie writer's scripts, also called screenplays to learn more.. ^_^

Formats/guides? Expound upon that more and I may be able to help. :3
mikymaku Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
omg thanks so much @_@ bless ur face
AEmeya Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Lol, your panel planning is as beautiful as mine is~ xD
An-Ari Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Willow-Pendragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your a lifesaver.
I really needed this..and probably more.
But I have to get a LOT more done before then...:
AUGH so much more work.!
siren1234 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice tutorial.Is than katekyo hitman reborn dino and hibari
sebo3e Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Wow this helps
sanny1264 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
holy crap dude! you have saved my life. i've been looking for something like this for FOR-EVUR!!
maxpanda Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nice tut, really helpful to know
Riatsila Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! A friend linked this to me. I'll no doubt go back over this more than a few times when doing my own works. Thanks :D :+fav:
Timagirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No seria posible que este tuto lo posieras en español por casualidad??? T_T

Sino puedes no pasa nada, al emnos tenia que probarlo >.<
Celsa Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Pues, mucho tiempo no tengo, la verdada T_T Si alguien se ofrece a traducir, quizá.... U_U
Timagirl Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No te preocupes ;)

Supongo que en verano tendre mas tiempo que ahora y si podre traducirlo ^_^ (a mi manera claro xDDDDD)
ryan-azarcon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
This is really helpful, thanks!! :3
hitsugayahinamori Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
i've wondered, what do you use to ink? cos you get those really crips sharp lines.. is it very hard mechincal pencil?
Celsa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Depends on the comic; for 'The Cursed Prince' it's all digital inking (is very slow though) My next one is traditional inking. Dharma, is all macha pencil work.
hitsugayahinamori Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
wow it looks like trad inking though. anyways, good stuff
firemisse Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't really understand it.. so i want to ask clearly... after you colored it.. you changed its color to b&w using huE/saturation? haha... ok.. guess it is.. gotta try this... one more Q: why'd you have to color it and chnge to bW?
animenutcase4reel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Thank you so much! One question: Does Corel Painter have speech bubbles?
Celsa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Not that I know :/
I edit in Photoshop though. I do speech bubbles with the circle tool.
animenutcase4reel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Aww ok. :) Thanks anyways!
Neoneelart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
great ttorial
FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
What an interesting inking technique. I may have to try it.
Cisiko Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
This is great =D Really makes me want to try writing a manga too~ Your techniques are so... organized? If I was making a page, I'd probably skip a couple of steps.. ^^; (so lazy)
Celsa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
But if I don't do this I get lost XD Once the first stages are done, it's just draw, draw, draw XD
Spirit-Of-Dreams101 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD After reading and looking this was teh first thing I thought--


But I'm sure all worth it in the end, then you do THE NEXT ONE!!!
Celsa Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
It is tedious. Specially the inking/penciling. I like the drawing part much more XD
hotarujaejae Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist
cool, the inking part looks so colorful XD
ninnt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009   Digital Artist
Waaa *__*

Thank you so much!!! It really helps me!!!

asoulkat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
You're the best!!! This was so helpful XD. Thanks :heart:.
atobira Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will surely help. :)
lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
really good tutorial!
Danyeda Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Student Artist
great tutorial ;D
Making-Kill-Toyz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
I love seeing how artists work
and your style rocks! :)
aeues Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Good tutorial! :dance:
Kauthar-Sharbini Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Thank Thank you very much !
it's extremely awesome !!
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