Making a graphic novel involves starting with a story and idea, and deciding who is going to illustrate it. Create a graphic novel with tips from a professional cartoonist and illustrator in this free video on drawing.
In this clip, I'm going to walk you through the steps that you want to take. If you want to create your very own graphic novel. Basically the steps that will take you from the earliest conceptional designs. all the way to the finished result. Now the very first thing, you're going to want to do, is start with the story and idea. The general idea. And you're going to want to basically, at this stage in the game. Whether you're going to be a writer or the animator, illustrator, artist. Is sit down and just get the story down on paper. Write it all out. Create the characters, create the world. Right now, it's just the blank page. There's absolutely nothing. It's all up here. So you're going to want to start with some conceptual sketches. If you're the artist, you're going to want to get, sit down. And just come up with all these ideas. Get them down on paper. It doesn't matter if they're perfect. You're going to use a pencil. You're going to go over them, you're going to change them. Basically, just let the ideas start to pour on to a white piece of paper. And get these ideas down. Slowly, the story and the characters will start to come together. You'll write the back stories, the. You know, the, for each episode. You're going to want each character to have a story arc. You'll start to break up the story into chapters. And you'll see the characters evolve through the chapters. Basically, take as much time as you need to develop the story. Because this is where it really you know, gets a life of it's own. And becomes unique and interesting. Or it just falls flat on it's face and dies. And is completely boring. And not even worth anyone's time. Take your time, find a really good story before you even jump on the next steps. One thing, it's very important, when you're drafting your graphic novel from scratch. Find a style that's your own and stick with it. Comic book artists and comic book writers are known for their distinct styles. It's a community of people and everyone's got their own look. And most fans can spot an artist. Just by looking at one or two panels of his work. Find your style and stick with it throughout the entire run of your novel series. That is very important. At this point, we're assuming that you've done all your prep work. That you've made out a list of characters. You designed them from head to toe. You've created the world of these characters inhibit, inhabit. At this point, we're assuming you've got your entire cast of characters created from head to toe. When you've created also the worlds that each one of them inhabits. You've done all the scripting, all the writing. It's all down on paper. All that you have to do now, is actually put the pieces together in their final format. So first thing, you're going to want to do. Is sit down and look at the blank page. Now I'm assuming that under these circumstances. You'll not be the only one working on this. Usually there is, if there's only, even just two people. One is usually the artist and the other is usually the writer. You're going to want to sit down with the two of you. And look at each page at a time. First thing, you're going to want to decide. Is how many panels are going to be on each page? Literally, break it down. One, two, three, four. The standard is six to eight but you are the artist. And you are the creators. You can literally do as many or as few, as you like. The next step after that would be describe to the artist. This is now speaking as the writer. Describe to the artist, exactly what you want to see with each frame. So they can kind of go off and start sketching the early, rough designs on their own. And kind of, get a feel of what it's going to look like. While they're doing this, what you're going to want to do. Is start to actually fill in and create each individual panel. Whether you do this, as the writer or the artist. It's up to you. It can really be done by either. Or an entirely different person. But create each individual panel and clearly line each one of them up. So that you know, this is where each bit of the action's going to be. Then give that page to the writer. And they're going to go in. And they're going to write everything, that's going to go in each panel. From the dialog of the script to the notes on what happens in the action. Or a person's inner thoughts. Which are usually in a separate box, entirely. Go in and basically get all the written material down in each individual box. Step after that, you're going to give it to the artist. And he's going to go in and sketch in the action. Every single panel, one by one by one. And that's the process that you'll take for the entire creation of the graphic novel. Ultimately, at the end, what you'll do, is. After you've got all the sketches down and all the dialog and written words put in. You're going to then hand the graphic novel over to the person. Who will be doing the inking. And then, they will go over everything, literally with a fine tooth ink comb. And just fill in all the final details. This again, is assuming that you're going to be doing a black and white graphic novel. If you decide to go color, more power to you. You've got that much more work to do. But you know, I'm sure you can do it. You've got the talent, I'm sure. But I would say for your first one, keep it simple. Get the story down from A to Z. Write out the script, write out everything. As it's supposed to be seen. Sketch it in, ink it over. Put it together. Rejoice and be happy. You've just created your first graphic novel.