So, been working on and off on pages and artwork this month, still behind on my self imposed deadlines, but I'm learning every day. For example, I'm going to try to take a less linear approach to my page count. I was reading about Jim Lee and Sylvestri, or maybe it was Scott Campbell - their approach is to just do whatever pages come to them first in their minds (and consequently, their fingers). It's tricky, I would be doing alot of splashes, as those are usually very solid in my mind. And I would have to send pages out of sequence to the writers, sometimes do repeat panels. However, I think that, in the long run, it would be much more fun to do things that way.
Reading more on cinematography and panel layout this week. I'm attempting at least one hour's worth of study every day.
I've gotten away from actually reading comics the past few months, things have been so busy. Nothing an early New Years Resolution can't cure. From here on out, I'll try to read one comic a day, regardless of what I'm doing - currently reading the Infinity Gauntlet, because the story has been running on the Super Hero Squad. I love that show.
Thing that is currently kicking my ass? Perspective. I just can't seem to get a handle on it. It's not so much that I don't understand it, horizon line goes to camera's line of site, one point, two point, three point - I just have trouble placing the lines on paper in order to make the picture I wanted to in the first place. Horizon line low for worms eye, high for birds eye... and then there's simple proportion. I'm horrible at placing things in proportion.
I have a few books on the shelf for learning perspective, but I think I need a hands on approach to learning. Any of you guys out there who have mastered the technique of perspective, feel free to pass along your sage-like expertise here. I already have plenty of books. What I need is a website or something that SHOWS someone drawing the perspective lines, so that I can SEE what to do. This is where I get stuck every time! I have a page and I don't have any idea how you guys build a grid inside a panel and make it all look so cool. I've gone to a few youtube files online, but they're either very simplistic one points of cities or they're drawn to music...fun to watch, but not very informative in regards to scale.
Honestly, I think if I can just nail perspective down, I can manage my pages much faster.