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August 04, 2007



I can answer this one a bit: the art usually serves the scipt, and the balloon placement is generally considered along with the art for overall composition of each panel.

If you want to see a cool worksheet, check out Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work:

I believe I first found this via The Temple of The Seven Golden Camels, a site on composition and drawing that I always geek out over:

Ted Slampyak

Thanks for linking to my post, David!

It's not really a question of art serving the script, or vice versa -- they both should serve the story. Tony's got it right -- the lettering is a necessary element to the panel, and its placement needs to be a part of the design layout.

Putting the lettering first shouldn't be seen as giving it a higher priority -- it's simply a fact that lettering size isn't negotiable the way art is. I always try to make the artwork as attention-getting and powerful as I can, as appropriate to the story. But the fact remains, I can show Annie from the waist up, or only from one side, but the words can't be cut off. The quickest way to make a professional drawing look unprofessional is to screw up the lettering balloons.

David Wahl

Thanks for the replies you guys. Ted, I am obviously not an artist, I just enjoyed the insightful way you wrote up your process.

Thanks for the great post. I signed up for your feed!

Tony, thanks for the links. I love it.

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