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Folk Music

Hello,

Thanks for checking out my project. My comic is named “Folk Music”. I followed Christine's process pretty closely to develop my piece.

The first step in the process was to decide on  a memory for the story. I listed a number of ideas and chose one I felt was interesting. I decided I wanted to create a silent comic so I felt that this story would work well. 

The second step involved laying out the story. The story needed to be clear and easy to express within a limited space.  With a loose narrative in place I began to break the story into steps. Given that I was creating a one page comic I needed to limit the number of steps. I wrote the story out in numbered points.  I then reduced these steps in order to tell the story as concisely as possible, finally settling on seven points. This helped me to clearly visualise the story.

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In the third step I drew a number of thumbnail comic pages in which I could explore various panel layouts for the comic. This helped me to visualise varying ways of laying out the finished comic page.

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In the fourth step I chose a panel layout for the comic. I assigned a word to each of the panels corresponding to the steps within the story, this helped me to further visualise each panel. I then created a larger version of my layout and began creating rough sketches for each panel.

Once I had a clear idea of the imagery I wanted to use for each panel the fifth step involved sketching out the illustration for the panels.

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The final step of my process involved digitising my comic. I began by scanning the panels which I had sketched out. I then recreated my comic layout in Adobe Illustrator. I placed each of my sketches within my illustrator project and I then inked each panel. I had originally intended to create a black and white comic strip. I found, however, as I added a black fill to my illustrations they contrasted nicely against the beige tone of my scanned images. This gave me the idea to colour my comic with a beige fill which I think helped the piece to stand out in the end.

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