Monday, January 26, 2015

The First Step

In my last post I went through the process I use to create an ink-and-watercolor illustration. There is, of course, one very important part of the process that I neglected to mention and it is this:

These are some of my sketchbooks from the last few years. This is the foundation block of both the drawing and the writing that I do. I thought of posting these because my friend Lucy Bellwood posted a similar picture of a stack of sketchbooks saying "Creativity is a habit. Don't you forget it."

She's right. And it's good to see, sometimes, how much work goes on behind the scenes and below the surface.

21 comments:

Tim Canny said...

Quick question Ben, so I don't expect a long answer, and please feel free to ignore it if you are too busy. So, what are your thoughts on studying screenwriting as a way to learn how to write for graphic novels? Have you studied or used screenwriting techniques/story structure for your books?

Ben Hatke said...

Tim!

Good question. I totally do think a lot about screenwriting with GNs. They are very similar. I've read several books on screenwriting and even though I'm not beholden to the sort of classic 3 act structure, I do check all my stories against a version of it.

Robert McKee's 'Story' is really worth reading. Like I said, as long as you don't feel beholden to it.

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