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Comic Panel Tutorial by akeli Comic Panel Tutorial by akeli
Something I thought I'd share :) Please click "download" to properly view this.

Next tutorial will probably be common mistakes.


Do to some confusion, I want to make a note: Squares are your friend. The most common, go to panel shape should be square! :XD: The point is, to keep the "Flow" and invisible eye-lines in mind. Please do not try to ditch squares o_O

Tutorial copyright :iconakeli: 2011
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:iconashwolf-forever:
AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
These are nice!
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selftaughtartist1 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
this is exactly what i was looking for! thanks for the tips! 
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stubborninsomniac Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
so, essentially, make the panel flow in a z like shape?
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:iconstygma:
Stygma Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link] :D
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:iconleafaye:
leafaye Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your tutorials have helped me so MUCH thank you so so so much
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:iconmilovanf:
milovanf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THANKS.
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:icongabyta10:
gabyta10 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thank youˇˇˇ
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:iconsuperalphawolf:
SuperAlphaWolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much, Akeli!!!!
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:iconflameshadow117:
Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I will try to keep this stuff in mind! Paneling has always been one of my greatest issues...........
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Lady-Dracoleo101 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Looks awesome. o.o
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:iconjoshualove1:
JoshuaLove1 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Bad ass man, very informative.
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SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never knew there was so much to think about when making a comic, this is proof that I'm still a amature. I know that if I try to do this all at once I'll naver be able to draw another page but think I'll fave this future reference.
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ShahirahLikesMilk Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconiloveitmoreplz: Thank you so much. You're a hero.
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deathstar899188 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful since im starting a comic my self! :D
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FantasySkrivebua Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Great! I'll keep this tutorial in mind. :D
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:iconriftmaw:
Riftmaw Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful tutorial; thanks for sharing~
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o-rlyization Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for the awesome tutorial! It's a great point of reference and I'll probably end up studying flow on comics I read more! :)
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Scarletmoon1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
This is Awesome! And very helpful.^^
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Dragongryph Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Your comic tutorias are really helping :D
I'm trying to make my own comic, the thing I lack is a non-changing comic style, so I've got lotsa work to do^^'
Thanks for making them ^^
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YeriDG Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that could come in handy, when I've got time
to continue my own project, thanks a lot :)
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kotacat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Right now I'm making a comic and the time is supposed to stop... Do you have any ideas on how to portray that?
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:iconfernsway:
Fernsway Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I just realized that in the second picture it says Akeli....
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:iconakeli:
akeli Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   General Artist
Hehe ;)
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:iconfernsway:
Fernsway Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
cant wait for more tutorials
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for making this Akeli, I really want to do better paneling and speech bubble work in Prayer, so all your knowledge sharing is very much appreciated. :)
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StarRaven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Thank you for the tutorial. :D
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:iconrynn19:
Rynn19 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great tutorial! Thank you very much. :)
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:iconbearlyfeline:
BearlyFeline Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
FFF so helpful! thank you <3
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:iconbananamuffins:
BananaMuffins Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Thankyou this was very helpful <3
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ViturinnFox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Even though im never going to make a Comic, i liked this! It's so easy to understand :D
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darkcrystal1209 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really interesting. I don't make comics at all, but I read a few here and there (obviously, since I'm watching you and your fabulous comic) but I'm fascinated by the art form. I'm a graphic designer myself. I love to know the behind-the-scenes info on nearly everything, love to know how and why things are the way they are, particularly when it comes to art and design. I really enjoyed reading this insight into the details and careful thought that goes into your comic. Thanks so much for sharing! I'll look forward to reading the next one.
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dragonflare92 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! I've been trying to get a handle on comic paneling so I can start my own and this definitely helps!
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Phantazmas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
That's a lot to think about! :XD: But it's certainly helpful! Thanks for taking the time to do this :heart:
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Brigpod Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful!
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PHantomDragon-56 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011   General Artist
Well well, this is a very informative and helpful guide to any comic maker. Thank you for taking the time to do a step by step explanation of things to look out for when paneling a comic.
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AlieTheKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow very usefull. i remember hearing about stuff like this in my design class at s school but not necesarily for a comic. it a coincidence that you submited this just when i was starting the first page of my comic. il try it out :meow:
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TreefoxYllavyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011   General Artist
Very fascinating :o
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
That would be helpful!
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auxeru Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Thanks for posting this! Boxes can be so confining.
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burakki-ingoe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
the first page is very well layouted, it's easy to read.

it has been mentioned before: some of your pages aren't easy to read. i think so too. i'm telling you this because your comics are great and they even can be greater =)
look at small thumbnails of your pages - do they still read the way you want? what about color, light & dark areas, do they still distinguish?
first page - yes
second page - mostly
third page - eeehm... not quite
I recommend John Kricfalusi for easy reading layouts (his blog is worth tons of gold)
:)
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akeli Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011   General Artist
Well, if you notice...you're going back in time. First page is the newest - third is the oldest. I used my own pages because I didn't think someone else would like me stealing theirs. I learned these techniques from various people FAR better than me (people making loads of money, and some famous, at that), and I was sharing in order to better DA's host of comics. Nothing more. :)
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burakki-ingoe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
sure thing, the best page is the newest. you should write that in your comment so people can see the difference (maybe you wrote it and i just didn't see it)
:)
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TenshiOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Nice tutorial! =D
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:iconfernsway:
Fernsway Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is really cool. Ill keep this in mind while I plan my own gn.

The speach bubbles are always hard for me. Ive seen pictures that the speach is backwards cause the characters are positioned that way.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Helpful, thank you!
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:iconakiyata:
Akiyata Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank YOU!!!!!!!!! :heart:
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:iconnumdenu:
Numdenu Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Oooh, these are good pointers.
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alexzemke Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Great stuff, thanks!
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Krazoa-Kescime Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D hehe I find this tutorial very useful Akeli ^.^ thank you for posting it up X3
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Hatta-san Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Very helpful, thanks =^-^=
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