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Tutorial-Effective Storytellig by Fyuvix Tutorial-Effective Storytellig by Fyuvix
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PHEW This was a bit of a doozie. I tried to cram everything I learned as a sequential arts major at SCAD into a tiny little tutorial. Hopefully, however, I've covered the tip of the iceburg, the basics of visual storytelling by use of ~PaMikoo's comic, Her Monster pg11. If you like the art, please comment on the original. (she deserves it!)


Further Reading:
"Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud
"The Five C's of Cinematography" by Joseph V. Mascelli
"Visual Storytelling: The Art and Technique" by Tony Caputo & Jim Steranko
"The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics" by Klaus Janson

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:For more tutorials of mine, see the Reference folder of my gallery: [link]:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

Shamelessplugtime, and check out my webcomic at Pompfiction.com if you get the time!
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:iconcrystal-gryphon:
Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This will definitely help me,since I'm in the process of making a comic right now!>U<
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Neko-Poisoned Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, I gave the 1000th favourite :XD:
By the way, one of the best tutorials ever. Very nice tips!
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh snaps! thank you so very much! n.n
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WilliamCGibbs Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome I Learned a lot from this. Thanks!
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TrixyNetex Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this, very useful :D
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is very useful, thanks for sharing.
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AmyCheshireHansen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I'm jealous you went to SCAD. :) It seems to have paid off, great tutorial! :D
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw well thanks! Unfortunately it has not literally "paid off" XDDD yaylifeofeternaldebt TuT But I'm glad to be putting my college to good use at least. XD
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AmyCheshireHansen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I'm getting myself in the same boat. XD

What are you going for? :)
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I actually graduated back in 2010, went for Sequential Arts, and you?
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AmyCheshireHansen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I wish I was going to SCAD, but I am sadly not. :(

I am going to AI of Pittsburg online for Video Game Art and Design. We'll see what happens. (shrug)
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah actually. Do let me know how that goes. I love PA, and considered going there for my masters, but I don't think they do masters programs, or if they do, it wasn't in my field. SCAD is so expensive though D8 be glad
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AmyCheshireHansen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Well, I start today, but I'm doing the Online part of AI of PA, so on the online they don't do the Masters degree, but They might in your field! You could always call. :)

Lol, that's why SCAD is my dream school. XD
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What did you want to major at SCAD? if I haven't asked already XD I think I did talk with a representative online, but they didn't have what I was looking for sadly
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TheNazzaro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
These are great concepts to understand, and then re-shape in your own way. Art should never be done by the book, but this is a great tool for those starting.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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sombra013 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good tips, thank you!
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Raidell Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome! Super helpful. :D
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theladyems Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for posting and sharing your knowledge and experience. I'm finding much of your resources to be extremely helpful.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind comments! I appreciate it n.n
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movedelsewhere Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool!
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cosmiclemur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Hmm good tips, gonna help with panel layouts in the web-comic I'm doing. I was also wondering if you know anything about the animation program at SVA. How similar it is to sequential art, etc.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know much bout SVA. I went to SCAD. But animation and sequential arts are to entirely different beasts. Though they both borrow from the same concepts of art & design the actual career path is worlds apart. Sequential arts is all about visual story telling; how to convey story through composition, script writing, panel layout, body language etc. Animation is a focus on the movement of a character in a given space. As for the career, sequential can be entirely self-run like a webcomic or self publication, or even working for a small publisher where you do everything from the sketch, inks, color and lettering. Bigger companies in sequential will hire you as one position: penciler (sketcher), inker, colorist, scriptwriter or letterer. Animation is never a one-man show. It's not what you want to get into if you want to "see your characters come to life." It's a group project, and you'll often be animating one tiny scene in an entire movie. You follow the character desingers' models, and nowadays 2D traditional is minimal to none, so you'll be working with 3D models, moving points on rigs, working in a graph editor and more. If you're a hands-on art person and love working in any medium from paints to inks to digital art, sequential is the way to go, especially if you feel like sharing your art expression with the world. Many will argue so dont take this next phrase to heart, but animation isn't where you go to be "famous for your art." With the exceptions of the very few who stand out and make a name for yourself, animation is entirely synnergetic, and its not what you want to go into to stand out or express your artistic opinion. (ugh I'm going to get SO flamed for that comment XD. Disclaimer: take it with a grain of salt)
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cosmiclemur Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Hmm, insightful,
I plan on adapting a story idea I'm developing with my friend to animation in the future.
Or I could simply keep it in sequential art form.

Thank you for your response, regardless.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome; I would keep it sequential. There's more to animation than it would seem at first, and there's so much you can do with the sequential form that can't be done with animation (and vice versa), but I find the still form of comics to be more in control. (augh XD also probably going to get flamed by animators for that. Just keep in mind this is from a comic-biased person XD)
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cosmiclemur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
sorry, meant SCAD
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Kolmoi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite handy! Thank you so much! :D
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ChachiTonks Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!

Excellent work. I don't do comics, but this is still crazy useful... and you never know. I might end up doing comics. Stuff like this inspires me.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for all the comments!! And yeah, it's kinda fun to see how different art medias can blend so well together. A lot of film/cinema goes into the visual arts as well, so you just never know. XD
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Caraphae Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it's nice to see someone else telling a longer-form narrative comic with horizontal pages! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and that link!
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
by all means n.n
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Synchros Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for creating this! I need some more practice with my comicing skills, so this'll be really helpful.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! I'm glad to have helped n.n
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voulezclan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
You're generous teching Art, for free.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thank you! I really appreaciate it n.n
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ravenlael Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student General Artist
thaaaank you!:heart:
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alisalley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you very much for taking the time to make this :D I would love to go to school for sequential arts, but I'm currently tinkering away at my Game Art degree and hardly believe finances will let me go to yet another school :c

I'm writing two future graphic novels at the moment and I would love to learn as much as I can before I get started on drawing them out. =)
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds awesome n.n Well comics isn't something you need to go to school for! You can learn the same things in all the books. School helps to get feedback and critique, mentorship and inspiration of other artists, but DA creates that great environment well if you know where to look n.n Best of luck to ya!
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alisalley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
That's true ^^ I've been doing my best to pick out clues to good composition from sources all around. I guess I'd just love to be in that school environment as I take each step forward for graphic novels :XD:

Thank you!
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problemo! Well do be sure to check out a lot of great clubs on DA for feedback too! I love the new club system. It's getting people together to serve actual purposes! Check out my mainpage for a bunch of the groups I'm in. Most of them are tutorial/feedback based groups.
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KAMtheInfrastructure Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
such small font very difficult to read
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Download to full view
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Larkspur-KiwiPickle Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Just as I was thinking of trying to make a comic or at least write the script for one, here comes a wonderful tutorial to definitely give me a few basic pointers! You can't believe how helpful this is!
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks n.n I'm glad to hear!
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PaMikoo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! I wasn't expecting you to go all out on your critique like this but damn if it isn't appreciated! 8D!

This is extremely helpful, especially the panel size/layout pacing. I would like to learn more about composition that has to do with backgrounds though. Do you have any recommended reading for that or if the ones you already listed talk about this? xD

All of this information is very insightful and I will be using this to guide me through the next page. Thank you man! 8D
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad it could help! As for further reading, I'm not sure about any of that in paritucular, though the main thing to think about compositionally is how the lines in the background help or hinder the reader's eye-flow throughout the comic page. For instance, you can use diagonals to direct the viewer into the next panel, or horizontals to lead the viewer to the right.

The only current example I can think of is the page I just did [link]
Panel 3, the rail guides your eye to the correct next panel. Because stacked panels can be visually confusing, I had to make sure people read the top one first, then the one below it.


THe last thing you want to remember with background composition is to beware of "tangents" or weird visual illusions where it looks like the drawings in the panel accidentally connect with lines of another panel. A good example is in that same page XDD Panel 3, the lower line of the railing kinda leads RIGHT into Ernie's hairline in panel 4. Try not to do that. XDDDD Also be careful for things mimicking the width of panel borders like poles, doorframes, etc. Just make sure that when you zoom really far out, nothing looks strangely connecting to something else xD If you find yourself with a tangent, either readjust the composition slightly .... or cover it with a speech bubble XDDDDDDDd
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Coretoon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-gaaaaaaaaaasp- this'd be a GREAT help since I'm getting back into comics soon!
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Mercury5 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
That's alot of info! Thanks for putting so much time into this to give others tips. :3
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Android3000 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist
I've been waiting for something like this. Thanks!
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Nightdoodles Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, I always get into so much trouble when I try to come up with a good composition :faint:
This will be like a life saver to me :D

Specially the panels shapes part. I never thought about things like a pacing rhythm and how the shapes would affect the way in that the action is followed through the page.
Very useful indeed :nod:
Good job! :#1:
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