Monday, August 14, 2006

Coming Attractions

I’ve been going through some stuff I’d previously written and think this blog would be a good place to re-visit some of the old material. Two articles in particular will find a nice home here, with a little updating. My next post will be an edited version of an article I wrote for Comiculture magazine (still available!) called The Genius of Jerry Bruckheimer. It is about a trend I call "Economy in Storytelling."

The second is a little public service article called Breaking in to Comics. That one was originally written in 1998 for and updated in 2002 for I think it’s worth repeating here for posterity with some new info for 2006.

Look for the first article later today or tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’m pleased to report that I’ve finally finished thumbnailing my Tokyopop book (That means I’ve done rough, miniature layouts—called thumbnails-- of each page, so my editor can get an idea of what the whole book will look like). I’m pretty jazzed because now I can start actually drawing the real thing! I’m a little behind schedule, but the book is not scheduled to be on sale until next July, so I have time to catch up to where I’m supposed to be. Here is a little look at what my thumbnails look like..



Allen Gladfelter said...

Wow! Thanks for showing that! Very interesting! 118 pages.. Wow! That's a lot of pages! Do you thumbnail the WHOLE THING before you start working on page 1 or do you do a batch and go?

The thing I'm working on, I'll be thumbnailing about 20 or so pages ahead of where I'm pencilling and inking and just do it as I go. I like to do thumbnails at a coffee shop with music and bustle and coffee around me. Then I saunter over to my studio and set myself to drawing around 10am or so. It's a nice way to break up my day.

Don Hudson said...

That page looks like an excellent start! I look forward to more art.

Steve Buccellato said...

Thanks, guys. Actually, the final page count is 181 pages, which include 11 chapter title pages and a couple of title/credits pages. It's a big 'un!

I've never worked this way, where I've thumbnailed the WHOLE book before starting the final art. Usually, it is done incrementaly. I usuallu thumbnail, say, five pages, then start pencilling them. The all-at-once method is Tokyopop's standard working policy.

I can see why it is useful. I feel pretty good about the project and have a better idea of how the story flows. Also, I find that as I got further into the book, I went back to earlier pages to make notes, and establish little details that pay off later. If I'd already drawn page ten, but had a new idea after thumbnailing page 80, I might not go back to make the revision if it weren't necessary. Also, I can get good advice from my editor well before starting the 'actual' pages.

I think the project will be better as a result.