Module 5: Layout & Lettering

Now that we covered the basics drawing techniques for comic illustration, let’s move into how to compose your comic. With how comics can be published and read on the internet today, panel layouts aren’t limited to pages. It can now vary depending on the screen of your device.

Page Layout

Page layout is your traditional comic style layout that can still be done digitally. Within this layout, panel composition is a key factor in making sure your story is easy to follow and has a nice flow to it.

https://www.clipstudio.net/how-to-draw/archives/160963

Vertical Scroll Layout

Depending on the platform you’re publishing to, it may be easier to use a layout that is readable when scrolling. Content Aggregates like Webtoon and Lezhin publish vertical scrolling panels to their site.

https://www.clipstudio.net/how-to-draw/archives/157055

It is important that no matter which layout you end up doing, it should always be easy for readers to follow. Complicated layouts can make readers lose interest and your story hard to read. Practice makes perfect! Play around with different layouts that would best fit the flow of your story.

Lettering

Lettering refers to putting words to your comic. It can be about dialog, captions, sound effects, etc. I’ve included this alongside layout because of how important placement of the bubbles and blocks containing your words can be.

https://blambot.com/pages/comic-book-grammar-tradition

Here are some image tutorials from around the internet that may help out with lettering.

Exercise

Module 5 Ex: 1

From module 2 exercise 1 or exercise 2, take your storyboard and layout the panels to your preference if you haven’t already. Next, add in your dialog. Keep this exercise for when we move on to the next module that deals with inking and line art.

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