Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A Note To Artists

If you're drawing someone firing a gun right at us, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't compose it as a flat, side-on profile with the muzzle of the gun cut off by the panel border. Not only is it deeply undramatic; it's poor storytelling if we can't see that the gun is actually being fired. Plus, let's face it, there's nothing duller than a profile shot.

Check out Jock's work on The Losers to see how to do it right. Deep perspective reaching into the panel draws the reader in, puts them right in the thick of the action. Low angles, high angles, deep perspective, whatever it takes; just please, PLEASE don't give us dull-as-ditchwater left-to-right profile shots. Bring it alive!

And while we're on the subject, if the script asks for an intense close-up of someone's eyes, it's worth bearing in mind that a side-on profile shot giving us a close-up of his FUCKING EAR is somewhat less effective.

That is all.

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