Anonymous: Hi! I want to try making a short comic myself just for fun but I'm having a hard time with the panels. They either end up too big or too small or mess up the composition of the rest of the page! How many are necessary? Do you have any advice?
This has a lot of great samples of how some artists do their layouts!
I personally work on a three row layout, because my pages are a few inches shorter in height than an average comic. Namesake has a regular sized comic page, and isa can put in a few more rows than me and still have her pages looking super clean and concise.
A good thing to think about when paneling is to think of what the broadest action will be, and fill in the panel accordingly. Try to show feet if you pull out of a shot, don’t cut off characters unless it’s waist and up (take a look at cinematography and their shot layouts, to give you an idea of what is commonly used)
Temple of the Seven Golden Camels is a resource and a half for comic and storyboarding and storytelling. Just go read it, everybody!!!
I’m still figuring out panels myself, so good luck anon! I hope that my links and advice will help!