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BITEGHOST
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I'm Biteghost and this is the Bad Guy Appreciation Station.

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BlackCat5643 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
HI YES HELLO
If I could take just a moment of your time, Biteghost-senpai.
I was wondering where you learned to plan out comic panels so darn beautifully ;<; I’m always in awe of Backlash’s flow and striking layout.
This is an area I really struggle in, so I figured I’d ask a master ;w;’ Any tips you have would be would be a serious help and honor.
-Your faithful kōhai ...Ok... Homer hides! 
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BITEGHOST Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
HEY HI HELLO THERE YES I'm so sorry that I didn't reply to this sooner!! I'm absolutely terrible at replying to messages/comments on dA ToT

Honestly the answer is just, practice. Lots and lots of practice! I've been practicing making comics for a very long time! The first comic I ever attempted was a fan-comic of One Piece, and with that I was trying very hard to copy Eiichiro Oda's comic style, so I studied his work for a long while! I think his comics have influenced me forever, honestly, I'm probably never going to shake the need to make all my comics Cool and Shonen, haha!

After the fan-comic, I moved ahead and decided to take a crack at an original story, which was the original (and now non-canon) version of BACKLASH, which was started back in 2012! That was before I had a tablet, haha! The whole thing was traditionally done, and I got a lot of extra practice in layouts and staging with that run too. Before I started the current version of BACKLASH that I'm working on now, I had somewhere like 70-100 pages of comics under my belt that I'd already used as practice and experimenting. And I'm always working to get better, too! I read a lot of comics to help inspire me and push my knowledge of what panels can be like in comics (especially in webcomics! Digital media allows for so much rule-breaking and cool layouts!) Some comics that I love that have really awesome layouts are basically anything that Tradd Moore has done (especially All New Ghost Rider #1-5), mancameron's webcomic RoomZERO, Tessa Stone's webcomic Not Drunk Enough, and honestly? Homestuck. Homestuck is such a good and interesting format for comics on the internet, and I can go off on a whole rant about how it changed the comic game, but I will spare you, haha. It's just really good and well-done.

I'm not really a master of comics, or at least I definitely don't consider myself one, but I DO draw a LOT of comics, and have put in a lot of time and practice into getting better. Practice Practice Practice is how you'll get better, which is kinda just the rule of any skill you'd like to improve in! Study work that you really enjoy the flow of and layouts in, figure out what it is about the layouts that appeals to you so much, and try incorporating it into your own work!

Some resources I've used/read that also have good tips are Framed Ink and Understanding Comics, thought I'm definitely not saying you HAVE to buy these books. They're just resources I've found helpful! You can probably find them used or at your local library, honestly.

Some quick tips I can think of off the top of my head that I usually think about when laying out my comic pages:
-Lay out the dialogue/speech bubbles before you go into lineart or heavy sketching. Figure out where your speech bubbles are going to be and how big they need to be for the dialogue to fit in. Make sure they aren't covering up important bits of the art. Make sure the tail from the speech bubble is leading close to the speaker's mouth, in order to increase clarity. Don't cram a lot of dialogue into one panel, let the dialogue breathe, and spread it out over multiple panels if you need to!
-Try and have your figures facing the next panel that should be read. The action of the characters should move your eye through the page naturally. The speech bubbles should also move your eye throughout the page.
-How long has it been since you pulled out and did an establishing shot? How long has it been since you showed your character's feet? Maybe you've been having too many mid-shots or head-shots. Pull out the camera angle every now and then!
-If a scene has some kind of action, I make the panels weird and angular shapes to help move the pacing along. If the scene doesn't have any action, the panels are square.
-If your scene has a lot of dialogue between a few characters, feel free to maybe get abstract with it! Play around with shapes and the colors and the backgrounds, or heck, show something happening just off-panel to break up the back-and-forth flow of two characters just yakking at each other.
-This post has a lot of good tips about staging, and even though it's about storyboards it's still applicable to comics!

And just keep at it! Every page you make, the better you get! Don't be afraid to experiment and take risks - it's how you get better and learn your limits and the rules of the page!
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nakklevaar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
dad?
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BITEGHOST Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
*smiles and fades into the shadows*
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have a happy birthday!<3
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BITEGHOST Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
oooh thank you so much! <3
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome good sir~
please have a good one<3
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Leo8488 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Happy Birthday!
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BITEGHOST Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! ;w;
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Leo8488 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Your welcome. =)
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