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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Visual Scripting by Jessica Abel

Have you heard of "Visual Scripting?"-- a method of drafting comics first developed by Alison Bechdel and then refined and written about my Jessica Abel?

I hadn't either until just a few months ago when a colleague in comics, Jesse Lambert, mentioned it to me.

It has changed my process of drafting comics completely.

You can read about Bechdel's process in Abel's book, Mastering Comics (one of two great books she co-authored about creating in this medium).

Or you can check out her several posts online about it as well.

Start here.   This website is the source for the images below.

Though Abel is telling us how to use InDesign (an Adobe page layout software) to do this), don't get hung up on the technology (it's expensive).  You can use this method to great effect on regular paper, or with a free app on an ipad called Adobe Comp CC. 

There's grids and color coding and nerdy stuff like that.  It was a little overwhelming at first. 



But especially for me, a writer, who struggles to turn on my visual brain, this has been amazing and worth the effort!

Then, you use words to script the words of the comics as well as to describe what you will draw, roughly planning out the visuals, but recording them quickly only with words, but in the actual space of the page.



I find this much much much more inspirational to my writer's brain than writing a normal script and then trying to translate it to a visual page.

This post also includes links to her template and a video.

I'll share more soon on my process with this method.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Aviator Sunglasses, Drafting Comics

I'm working on a book-length graphic memoir, so lately a lot of the sketching I'm doing is practicing images and drafting text for that project.  Little scenes or reflections.

Anyhow, this is a three-page riff I did asking why police officers always wear mirrored aviator sunglasses...




Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Kitties

Hattie and Tim are nearly eleven years old.  We adopted them when they were barely six weeks old.  They had arrived at the shelter in a box with several other siblings.

Since then, they have been separated for only about three days, many years ago, when Tim had an infection.  They sleep in a yin yang position every single day.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sketching Holland Pride 2018 Part Three

On Saturday June 23, 2018, I spent the day sketching from life at the Holland, Michigan PRIDE festival.

I hope to use these live sketches as the basis for a comic book of images from the day.

I sketched off and on for about five and a half hours!  I filled sixteen spreads (which I'll share over the next few blog posts).

This is a fun way to commemorate an event and keep a journal.






Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sketching Holland Pride 2018 Part Two

On Saturday June 23, 2018, I spent the day sketching from life at the Holland, Michigan PRIDE festival.

I hope to use these live sketches as the basis for a comic book of images from the day.

I sketched off and on for about five and a half hours!  I filled sixteen spreads (which I'll share over the next few blog posts).

This is a fun way to commemorate an event and keep a journal.

I had particular fun sketching the caricature artist while he drew me!






Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sketching Holland Pride 2018 Part One

On Saturday June 23, 2018, I spent the day sketching from life at the Holland, Michigan PRIDE festival.

I hope to use these live sketches as the basis for a comic book of images from the day.

I sketched off and on for about five and a half hours!  I filled sixteen spreads (which I'll share over the next few blog posts).

This is a fun way to commemorate and event and keep a journal.








Thursday, June 28, 2018

Comics Belong in the Classroom

Comics Belong in the Classroom
A TEDx talk by Gene Luen Yang

Worth a watch.  Because, yes, comic books do belong in the classroom.  For SO many reasons.