Sunday, January 13, 2008

How to Draw Noir Comics

Inspired by a book of that title, which I bought and read cover-to-cover today, I pulled off a few quick sketches:

The idea here is that I'm going to try harder to move away from my usual subject matter. So far, the movement has been slight (though significant for me). I am determined to start drawing buildings, office supplies, cars, trees, and dishes. Bear with me, as the hotties will, no doubt, return regularly.

(Corel Painter Essentials 2.0, approx 20 mins per picture)


Tim Akers said...

Jacob Burn is Noir.

colin said...

Indeed he is. You want to collaborate on a Noir-Cog-Punk graphic novel?

Tim Akers said...

Um. Yes! Only I don't own the rights anymore.

Tim Akers said...

Actually, maybe I do. I'll have to look into that.

colin said...

You'll just have to write another one, then.

And congratulations on no longer owning the rights, too. [applause]

Tim Akers said...

Either way, I still own the rights. And yes, thank you, but it's not signed yet. We're still getting some legal definitions cleared up. Maybe tomorrow with the announcements and the dancing.

I have no idea how to write script for graphic novels. How does?

colin said...

How do you write scripts? I only have a few examples, and I think most writers do whatever ends up feeling comfortable for them. Warren Ellis writes stuff like this. Archie on the WGB has let me look at a couple of his scripts, and they tend to be mostly dialog with a bit of description of what is going on in each panel, notes about what characters or environments look like, that sort of thing.

I imagine most writers treat it like a movie script, except they deal with panels instead of shots. Not that I know how to write movie scripts either.

Tim Akers said...

I was about to say: You just compared one thing I know nothing about to another thing I know nothing about. So awesome.

Times is busy, but I'll snap something together. An intro piece, perhaps.

colin said...

There's also this.

Hrggh. Must find some self-discipline before you get something written...

Tim Akers said...

I am the man of many things on his plate. You'll have some time. Unless inspiration strikes or something.

Anonymous said...

Just passing through random google searches.

About the scripting, depending on the writer, each panel may be described vaguely or strictly, vaguely leaves room for the artists imagination, but when the writer is strict and specific on a panels description it is usually so that they can get a point across.

There are a number of scripts you can look at online, in fact, I was thinking about starting to script as I have had a flash of inspiration. But at the same time, I am trying to teach myself to draw.

But I digress, scripting is usually done in the following format:
Page #
Panel # (insert description of panel placement, if necessary)
Panel description (can include who is in it, as I said before sometimes it is strict, sometimes it is loose)
Text (Can be in the for of speech, or captions, etc. Looks like a play format, ie 'Char 1: Why hello!' or 'Caption: Heh, I wondered why he said that, now I know.')

And then it will go to the next panel, and the next, and so on until the next page. Sometimes there are page notes, for example the scripter could say: 'Panels 1-4 image of car comes closer' for a car driving towards the panel (if that makes sense.)

Help from a random anonymous ;)