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comic panel layout by gurukitty comic panel layout by gurukitty
a REALLY rough quick tutorial on comic panel layout.
its not terribly indepth but , i dont think tutorials should be. should be jsut a foot hold on the mountain climb of learning.
basically only discusses fonts and timing.

but ya, it was kinda a tricky one to do, because despite the fact that i took a comic production course, I havent done comics in a good long while.


made by ^guruubii for *gurukitty

feel free to suggest future tutorials from us here at *gurukitty

omg! apologies 0_O the file is huge oh dear XD
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:icontreegarchie:
treegarchie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks, that was really hepful. I find layouts and panels are one of the hardest things to achieve and backgrounds UGH. I just recently figured that many artists use one or two establishing shots, and if they are well used, the reader barely noticed that they only see people, face and more people. I love that, feels like magic :D
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errrshadowtrollface1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
THANK YOU YOU SAINT.
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial! It is very well thought out and helps explain the concept behind comic paneling nicely. :) I can hardly wait to try it out! :D
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:iconvicat:
ViCat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you so much :D
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:iconharlequined-gypsie:
harlequined-Gypsie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for some helpful general guidelines
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:iconraidell:
Raidell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks!
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Alyssa-Rice Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup: thanks, read the whole thing ;)
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Swevenzre Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! This is really helpful!
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:iconfrothinglizard:
FrothingLizard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Brilliant and incredibly helpful - thank you so much.
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Objectionized Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very, very helpful <3 thank you so much for this! <3<3<3
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Sub-divisions Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks for this it is a little helpful :)
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LeaLupin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Ahahaha, nice.
:+fav: Think I'll give it a whirl sometime. Always wanted to, but generally went crazy at the amount of things to do. This is step by step, should keep me from getting distracted :dummy:
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Baka-Ranger-Green Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This will prove most helpful thanks for making it^^
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Thanks for this!
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:iconlaynafeynreique:
LaynaFeynreique Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
this definately will help >]
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:icongurukitty:
gurukitty Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
YAY :D
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einthewonderdog Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
thank you so much for making this! i don't know how much time it took (probably more than you cared to have spent, aha;; ) but it's saved me a LOT. this is just what i needed; thank you, thank you, thank you! :glomp:
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:icongurukitty:
gurukitty Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
thanks :D glad you enjoyed it :)
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:iconpoothos:
poothos Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly what I needed... thankyou.
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:icongurukitty:
gurukitty Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
:w00t: glad it was useful :D
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Great job thank you for making this! =)
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Gelfling-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good advice! I particularly like the part about having different character designs. I Hate having to recognize a character by hair. If it's dark, or there is a costume change, I have to ask questions like, "who is that? OMG! He's cheating on his wife? Oh...that IS his wife!" hehe

The thumbnail idea is good too :)
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f1RsT-MPx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
thank you..
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:iconoblivion-of-sanity:
oblivion-of-sanity Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
heyy, this is pretty sweet

it's better than normal tutorials that tell you stuff you could have figured out easy on your own. I like how you added ideas like zooming in on a menacing object, and how people only remember flashes from action scenes
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
glad you enjoyed :D

sorry for late reply
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oblivion-of-sanity Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
you're welcome, no prob :3
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Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial.
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
Thank you :3
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sorrowisapanther Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Slightly embarrassing, but I don't think I ever considered making a rough pre-sketch before working on the main project.

:) Lots of good, practical tips in this tutorial. And I'm actually glad you didn't go into TOO much depth. I'm all for artists figuring out the fine details themselves... Sometimes all one needs is a little nudge in the right direction... something you did rather well here.

A fine example of teaching a man to fish as opposed to giving a man a fish.
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
Glad you like it :3 thanks so much :3
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:icondasaru:
Dasaru Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
Very great tutorial!
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Manah-Angel-Eyes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it'll help me a bit, I'm making a manga (but it's in color :XD:)
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Khezix Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Wow, this is great! Thank you very much, now I must go back and re-do my cruddy comic. XD
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solarwind06 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
This is helpful! Thank you! =D
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zyphyre21 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
That's a very interesting guide :) I'll try to use this lesson later when I try to make a comic on vacation. (The typos bothered me a bit though cuz I'm a grammer (sp?) freak >_<;)
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Akiharo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Student General Artist
What's a BG? and what do you mean by establishing shot? please help out!
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
BG= background

Establishing shot is a panel that will show where the scene takes place. Establishing the setting :)
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:iconakiharo:
Akiharo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Student General Artist
oh!!! :lol: THANKS!!!!!
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
No problem :3
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Akiharo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Student General Artist
:D
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Cyber-Shady Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
Very helpful :D Thank you so much for sharing
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corbinism Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was looking for something like this... thanks! The tip on tracing photos will be a huge help to me!

+fav
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
:dance: glad to help :D
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Gemini-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
This'll really help me~
Thanks! :)
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:icongurukitty:
gurukitty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
:w00t: I'm glad :D
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RoseRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Very nice, makes me rethink how I should do my comics :D
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Evil-Tomato-Glomp Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
I'll keep this in mind next time I work on a comic page. :)
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GiNe-M Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Thank you so much for making this guide about making panels.

I know what you mean by trying to arrange boxes in an interesting way. Sometimes, I overlap them to make the comic flow more... Is it too distracting that way?
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gurukitty Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
(sorry for late reply)

as long as its not done in excess its not too distracting at all :d quite appealing :D
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resuki Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial. While I read it I had a vague feeling of 'I knew that,' but actually having someone tell me it in words helps a lot! Plus it was funny to read.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who has funny looking thumbnail images. :XD:
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