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How To Create a Graphic Novel
It can be fun to create a graphic novel, as you get to write an original story and use illustrations.A good graphic novel will move readers emotionally and visually.You can show the characters and setting in your story in graphic detail in this genre.You can create a graphic novel with a little creativity and time.
Step 1: There is a plot outline.
A good graphic novel starts with a strong story.The exposition is the set up for the graphic novel, including the setting, the main character and the conflict.A young alien living in a small town falls in love with a human girl.The event that changes the course of the main character's life is the inciting incident.A human girl breaks up with her human boyfriend and is looking for a date to the school dance in an inciting incident.The rising action is where you explore the relationships of the characters.The alien starts spending time with the girl after school to study for the exam.The high point of the story is where the main character has to make a decision.You could have a climax like the alien decides to ask the girl to dance on a study date.The alien has to figure out what to do at the dance after she says yes.The falling action is where the main character deals with the results of their decision and is usually packed with action and suspense.The alien and the girl go to the dance but everyone else is hostile towards them.The alien had to deal with a mob of people chasing him and a girl at the dance.The resolution is where the reader learns if the main character succeeds or fails in their goal or desire.You might have a resolution like: the girl stands up for the alien and they fly off together on a plane.
Step 2: A cast of characters is an interesting main character.
A main character that is memorable and unique should be created.Give your main character characteristics and perspective on the world.A reader may already know a cliche character.You could create a main character who is born with a secret superpower and struggles to keep it away from others.Maybe your main character is an alien who is trying to win the heart of a human.To give the graphic novel more scope, you can focus on a cast of characters, such as a family or a group of friends.
Step 3: You can explore a setting.
Pick a setting that will give the novel depth and make it interesting on a visual level.It's a good idea to include landscapes that are fun for the reader to look at.It's possible to make a setting a little strange or skewed by taking it you know well.You can set a graphic novel on a planet that resembles Earth but is populated by aliens.You can make that setting by adding incomprehensible elements to your hometown.
Step 4: Pick a drawing style.
You can do well with a drawing style that you like.Maybe you draw inspiration from U.S. comics.Maybe you would like to try a new drawing style.For a drawing style that feels unique, but also true to your skills and vision as an artist, go for it.You should choose a drawing style that is easy to do and not take up a lot of time.You can always change the drawing style once you draft the novel.
Step 5: Here is a storyboard.
Small squares are created on blank paper.Panel by panel, draw out a scene in the novel.Text should be at the bottom of the squares.Think about how you will represent the setting and characters in the scene.You can storyboard several scenes to get a better idea of how the novel will look on the page.You can experiment with different sizes of panels or make the panels the same size.
Step 6: You can read examples of graphic novels.
To get a better idea of the genre, read graphic novels that have been published.You may be able to see what you like in a graphic novel that uses different drawing styles.Alison Bechdel wrote: Fun Home.The best we could do was written by Thi Bui.This One Summer was written by Jillian Tamaki.Alan Moore wrote Watchmen.Adrian Tomine wrote Summer Babe.
Step 7: Introduce the characters to the reader.
The first few pages of your novel should tell the reader what to expect.There is a scene that shows your main character in action.Dialogue and images will tell the reader about the conflict between the main character and another character.There is a scene where the main character gets ready for school.You could show the alien habits of the main character and introduce the school as the setting for the novel.
Step 8: Conflict between characters should be included.
Conflict and tension are crucial to a good story.Don't be afraid to put your main character in difficult situations.It is hard for your main character to achieve their goal if you put obstacles in their way.Conflict can be caused by your main character and others around them.A conflict may be created between the main character and their boss.You can show the main character butting heads with their boss.
Step 9: The features of the characters should be the same throughout the novel.
When drawing a graphic novel, focus on several key character features and try to make them the same way each time.The novel feels cohesive if you maintain consistent features for your characters from panel to panel.To keep the initial panels consistent, use pencil to draw them.You can give your main character a hairstyle.You need to make sure you draw their hair the same way as the character in the novel.
Step 10: The setting should be detailed and eye catching.
The setting should be included in the story to make it interesting for your reader.Just as much attention is given to your setting than your characters.You should include objects that are specific to the setting you have created.The world of the story will be built with this.If your novel is set in a high school for aliens, you can include details like parking spaces, textbooks, and time zones across the universe.
Step 11: Dialogue that develops character furthers the story.
The dialogue in your novel should tell the reader more about the character.The story should be pushed forward on a plot level.Don't include generic dialogue such as "Hello" or "How are you?"Some graphic novels have little to no dialogue, but you can give your main character a slogan that they tend to say when startled or surprised.If you're the creator, you can either include dialogue for your characters or let the visuals do the talking.
Step 12: It's time to end with a resolution or realization.
Your graphic novel should end with resolving or addressing the conflict.Your main character may get what they want, but for a price.Your main character may feel a sense of resolution if he knows something about another character.If you can bring the story full circle for the reader, they will be satisfied with the end.You can include images that show a resolution of the conflict.You could include a conversation between the main character and another character to help them realize their mistakes or resolve their misunderstanding.
Step 13: If your graphic novel is part of a series, use a cliffhanger end.
The reader should be left in suspense if you are writing a graphic novel as part of a series of novels.There is more to come from the characters and the world you have built in the novel.
Step 14: Show the book to other people.
Ask your friends and family to read your draft.They can give you feedback on whether the novel is interesting or not.Ask them if they liked the visuals.Constructive criticism will make your graphic novel stronger.
Step 15: You can read the graphic novel.
Listen to how the dialogue sounds when read aloud to make sure it's natural.If your characters have a different way of speaking, notice it.The dialogue helps to move the story along.If you read the novel aloud, you can check for spelling and other errors.
Step 16: Check the plot and flow.
The novel should flow from scene to scene or section to section.There are sections that do not flow well.The plot of the novel should be obvious to you.It should follow your plot outline and have a conflict.
Step 17: The novel should be changed.
Take the feedback from others, as well as your own thoughts, and do a deep revision of the novel.Any content that does not make sense or further the story should be cut out.Try to make the novel more engaging.
Step 18: There should be ink and color in the novel.
You can do this with ink and colored pens.Paint or art markers can be used for coloring.Once you have inked and colored the novel, make sure you don't leave any pencil marks.You can use a computer program to speed up the inking and coloring process.
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