I got up to speed but stopped short of the hurdle.
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Feeling out the distance. The effort. Psyching myself up to jump. Then I had an idea for a graphic novel about amateur motorcross racers. I was inspired by the television show Veronica Mars an edgy, funny, modern take on Nancy Drew and I thought that my graphic novel could be a modern take on the Hardy Boys.
They would be real kids from working-class families, struggling against authority and injustice in small town America.
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I needed to plot out the mystery, so I sat down in front of my computer and ended up writing a novel instead. I had so much fun writing the story that I wrote and published two more books in the series. Continuing with the track metaphor — I was finding my stride. But the graphic novel, unfinished, nagged at me. So I picked it back up again in November or December In every creative project you have to give yourself some leeway, some time to struggle and explore.
After working for almost a full year, in November or December , I had a horrible gut-wrenching realization:. Falling on your face is bad enough but wasting an entire year and then falling on your face is pretty excruciating. Backgrounds, line weight, composition, black to white balance… it was all over the place. I knew that this was happening, but I just kept thinking I would be able to go back and fix it once I got into a rhythm.
I have to remind myself that we learn from our mistakes. As painful as it may be. So I went back to the drawing board literally and figured out exactly who the characters were and what they look like.
He felt that his character was a judgemental jerk. In my book, I had more tools to help the reader feel for Nick. We were on the outside looking in and not enough in his head. At this point I threw the story out. I read a bunch of books on screenwriting, because I figured that was more accurately the storytelling structure I needed.
Both of them recommended a technique where you write a skeleton of your story on index cards, with each plot point or turning point on a card. Now with my stack of index cards I sketched out the new version of the story. I had to let go of the story as I had written it in the book. They are different storytelling tools. So I had to treat them very differently. Sean talks about how he was drawing too large on large format paper and with too many tiny lines, so when reduced for production, all that time and effort was wasted.
All of his fine details disappeared. I was working in Photoshop already much as McCloud explains on page of Making Comics , but he explained the nifty idea of the top layer being white with the panels punched out. So the art would show through. I was I was drawing in layers of the individual panels which was way more work intensive than it needed to be.
This was happening because of my misguided goal to draw the graphic novel panel by panel and post it to my blog — one panel a day. Seller Rating:. About this Item: Mick Wade. Condition: Good. All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Before placing your order for please contact us for confirmation on the book's binding.
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