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The Making of a Page by Majnouna The Making of a Page by Majnouna
A while ago I posted a step-by-step series of my work process in making a comic page. They were very quick and concise, and I always meant to go into more details, and touch upon some issues comickers should be aware of. Here, then, is the extended version. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask (but if they're software-related, I'll only answer if you're already quite familiar with the software sorry, teaching Photoshop isn't my call!)
More related info in my interview by `misskittyoooo: [link]

I keep toying with the idea of making a comic tutorial, but for one thing, it would be positively book-length, for another, it has been done masterfully several times, most recently by the wonderful Scott McCould, so it doesn't seem there's a point making another!
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DhilieDale Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
This is awesome and you are Fantastic love all of your tutorial ^^ thank you soo very very much :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconjonkiser:
jonkiser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is a dream of mine to become half as talented and capable as you. This is superb 100% mastery.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, you're too kind!
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:iconmrvisualguy:
MrVisualguy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks! Very helpful
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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:iconcrimsonberry:
Crimsonberry Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Never really thought about this before! Brilliant!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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coldfire0007 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
This is very useful, but Im still going to have to figure out how im going to set it all up when I feel confident enough to make my graphic novel. Ive been studying alot lately of art, and story boards like this. mabey one day I can be as good as you. Well thats just my goal ^^;
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
A GN is no small endeavor, it helps to achieve a comfortable degree of drawing before embarking on one.
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:iconcoldfire0007:
coldfire0007 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Yes, Im aware. I'm pretty good with simple forms of media like pencils and color, but Im not good with pens or computer design yet. I pretty much have the story down, but I was hoping someone could give me a 2nd opinion about it. As for now, Im just practicing using my tablet and reviewing the basics. Its been a long time sense Ive constantly drawn every day
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peaceandquiet01 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I have always wanted to make meh own comics, but no matter what I tried they never came out right. I think this might work very well, thank you! (of course I will try to change the process a little to suit me more, as soon as I get used to is ^ ^)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Definitely, one should find the process they're most comfortable with :)
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:iconpeaceandquiet01:
peaceandquiet01 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student General Artist
yup, I like to try other peeps styles to try to expand what i draw (although I'll never post a pic using someones style 0______0 thats bad....)I also do that to improve, but anyways, i will probably send a link after I've made the comic ^ ^.
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peaceandquiet01 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
to this > < sorry
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:iconaicent:
Aicent Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I find it very interesting that you draw each panel as a separate drawing , I love that process !
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's a lot more liberating (and forgiving), but it does mean a lot more work to finalize the layout!
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:iconaicent:
Aicent Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah , I think it would be alot more work and alot more paper !
But It would make the final alot better
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:iconandroid3000:
Android3000 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist
I can use this! Sweet!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great :aww:
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el-e Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
nice work:]
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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el-e Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
you welcom:]
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FoxxBrush Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
very helpful indeed :D I have my own way of doing things, but there are a few things that you do that I'd like to try out. What kind of paper did you say you do all your pages on? I always just use regular 8.5x11 but that seems smaller than what you use. I also bought some legal-size paper recently, but that seems much too long. I'm wondering if A3 or A4 or whatever you use would be shorter than legal but bigger than 8.5x11 :nod:

Basically I just wanna know what kind of paper you use lol And I must pat you on the back for doing the synopsis first XP I usually just do thumbnails (aka a "name" ) and then do the finished manuscript from there.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
I use A3, which is about 11x16.5 inches :) Double the size. I used to work on the smaller size but it became impossible at one point, I started feeling like the size dictated what I was drawing.
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FoxxBrush Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
daaaang lol How do you scan something that huge? 0w0 The only way I can see myself using that size is if I just draw each frame on it's own, then scan them and compile them separately. I don't really like scanning pics in parts but that's just me.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
:shrug: I'd rather deal with scanning in parts, than with crippling myself.
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:iconfoxxbrush:
FoxxBrush Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
heh, that's true as well XDD Drawing each frame separately would take more paper, but it would give me some extra freedom to redo any frame that doesn't work, as well as give me an entire sheet of paper for one frame.

Thanks for the tutorial ^^ I might just start using this size of paper, just digitally XP
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figaroo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hi,nice work!
one question,how do you make her hands glow?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's simply a soft brush on a different layer set to Linear Dodge.
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figaroo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot
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:iconaflartist:
aflartist Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is quite helpful and puts the whole process in easy to understand scope!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's great, glad it's helpful :)
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December-Devil Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Thanks!!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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December-Devil Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
:aww:
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Clearie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Cool.. I'm always interested in other people's processes of doing things, since I'm kind of lost myself. I'm working on my first comic now. My process is a lot simpler but at the same time that makes me feel like you are working way harder on your comics than mine :D

I basically just pencil in all the detail I'm going to have. I estimate the balloons for the dialogue to be slightly larger than what I imagine would be comfortable to read (in case the work gets scaled down later) then ink it onto a sheet of the same size. and I'm doing mine black-and-white. I agree with people who say sketchwork looks awesome. I totally agree which is why i'm shading mine in pencil.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sorry for being so very late in responding! Your work process sounds a bit like the one I began with, a long time ago, but I can't discipline myself to pencil things in place so it evolved into something else :XD:
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ZZEO Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
You did great, this will be very useful, especially with such a free-style example. Thanks.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Enjoy!
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Ziggyman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Let read it. Would it works?
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theawsomearmadillo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Thanks a ton for putting this up, I'm starting a comic soon, and this will be a big help.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's great, good luck :)
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theawsomearmadillo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Thanks.
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AlienJunkie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
All of your tutorials are such a big help to me thank you very very much i am amazed that you have so much knowledge across so many areas and have been able to transfer it all into such awesomely well organised tutorials
thanks alot!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, I just research what I need :) You're welcome!
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AyaKittie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Thank you times a million for this!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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saihate Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Student General Artist
you are a true life saver * w *
this is going to help me so much!
thank you so so so much for sharing this <33
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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