Batman Page 1 – Full sized rough

This was drawn at the full 10″x15″ american comic size. It’s not that important if your measurements are right or wrong when you’re doing a sample – after all they’re not gonna just print it – if you’re good enough for publishing they’ll tell you the exact sizes to draw to.

It’s a five panel 5, panels 3 and 4 are a problem for me – in my head I seem to have merged both the panels into panel 3 – making panel 4 seem somewhat redundant, so, when I re-rough this (or pencil it, whichever happens first) then I’ll have to make panel 3 more obviously different – maybe have a doorway in the middleground with the display cabinet even further in the background.

As ever I’m full of enthusiasm at panel 1 and run out of steam by the last panel – which explains the heavier rendering on panels 1, 2 and 3. Course by panel 4 and 5 I’ve a better minds eye view of what’s going on on the page so it’s less important what I’m drawing on the rough. Batman wasn’t supposed to show until the last panel – I bunged him on panel 1 and was gonna put him in each of the panels to show a progression of time, but looking at it again, I kinda feel it’d be better going with what’s in the script and just having him in the last panel – that way he keeps his impact (in the same way that the Alien in Alien only appears in fleeting glimpses). Anyhue, off to bed. We’ll see what I get done tomorrow.

Author: PJ

Belfast based Comic Artist who won’t shut up on twitter.