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Scripting...sort of.

Thu, February 13, 2014

brionsalazar

I've spent so much time reading books on scripting that I'm pretty sure that I could write one. I'm convinced that while there is certainly some good information in the many, many books on the subject, ultimately you have to find your own system that works. I've gone through many different processes myself, most of which involve long outlines, plotting, character arcs, breakdowns, etc. For POSSESSED, I have decided to eliminate a lot of the steps in an attempt to speed things up and not get bogged down in the process. For most of the pages I have simplified things into a few steps:

  • Outline an arc or chapter of the story.
  • Create bullet points of the story "beats" for each page.
  • Thumbnail the panels based on story beats.
  • Pencil, ink and color pages
  • Add dialoge.

It's sort of a modified Marvel style of scripting, except I am doing everythign myself instead of handing things over to an artist. So far this has helped me keep things moving. In the past I found that trying to write a finished script would create so many road blocks that rarely did anythign get finished. This way, I don;t really have a choice - I have to just keep going.

My scripting process

Like I said, this is what I have found works for me, for this project. You have to find your own style. 

 

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R is for Restricted

Sun, February 2, 2014

brionsalazar

Yes, this comic is restricted. This is a story designed for adults and as such will contain many things that ironically, are "mature". Although knowing myself, this comic is bound to be pretty immature too.

As a parent, I wanted to make sure that that is clear as possible when comign to the site. I've never understood the hub-bub about putting a rating sticker on comics, games, movies, etc. People seem to get up-in-arms and want to call out censorship, but to me I have no problem making sure that people are aware my comic is not intended to beread by children. Will it be the worst thing for some child if he happens to read this? I doubt it, but I don;t feel the need to contribute to any child's lossof innocense. I have done my best as a parent to make a balance for my kids so that they keep that magical part of them as long as possible, while not keeping them in a bubble. Only time will tell if I've done a good job. Until then, you can't say I didn't warn you.

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Process stuff

Sat, February 1, 2014

brionsalazar

Going to try and post some process stuff here for those that might be interested.

I feel like I am still learning so much about being an artist. The internet is such a great resource for information, advice, tutorials, etc. I spend way too much time filtering through endless blog posts, videos, etc trying to find that next little thing that might help me be a tiny bit better. It all comes down to just doing the work.

I could draw as a kid, but I wasted too much time not improving, not working on being better. Better late than never I suppose. I feel like I've come a long way in the past few years, but have so much more to learn and do.

I'm gong to try and share aome of the more helpful tidbts here. Some of this may be extremely basic for you, some of it might be completely foreign like it was to me. Feel free to share any of your own tips if you have them. I'm always looking to learn.

One of the concepts that was new to me was character maodel sheets. For those that don't know already, this is somethign very common in animation, game design, etc. Keeping a character consistant looking throughout a book or even a few pages has laways been a struggle for me. Doing a character model sheet is very helpful. You can put your character through his/her paces before trying to render them in your pages. Sort of a test drive. Go online and you can find a tonof these model sheets. There are some especially good ones from Alex Toth. Whenever I am having trouble with a characeter its probably because I stubbornly or lazily refused to put in the work necessary beforehand. 

Det. Paul Kostas

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