November 10th, 2015

Using Reference

by Francesco Marciuliano

2015.11.10

Script description from writer Francesco Marciuliano for the first panel:

Scene: Exterior, Plane in flight in very early morning.
Sally and Ted’s dialogue come from the midpoint in the plane’s cabin in that order.
Sally: You’re doing it again, Ted.
Ted: Doing what?


After some searching on the internet, I came up with the following for “airplane” and “sunrise.”

aircraft

SunRise

The finished drawing.

plane


Here’s a couple of tips for finding and using reference:

Never use the first image that pops up in your search just for expediency’s sake. Take the time to find the image that best works for your layout. The layout should dictate the reference you use.

I will sometimes place the image right on the layout (in Photoshop), but I never pencil the image verbatim. Doing so makes for a stiff drawing. You should use your reference as a jumping off point for your drawing – translate it and make a drawing that best suits the storytelling.


All for now and all the best!

-Jim Keefe

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