After boarding the scenes, I sketch out the entire page on my computer, then transition to inking, coloring and shading, and final touches such as glow effects and overlays to enhance the hues of the page.
You’re probably wondering why I’ve used a few cinematic techniques while creating this comic. Attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has opened my eyes to various aspects of film, including animation. During those four years of college, I’ve storyboarded and written scripts for all of my student film projects.
I was always a shy person, but my teachers helped me come out of my shell. They’d arrange a lot of collaborative projects amongst me and my peers, which made me more confident with displaying my creativity in public. More importantly, it helped me explore styles outside my comfort zone, and made me better at asking for feedback from others. Connecting with your peers on your project can be difficult, however, if no one is on the same page.
Your viewers may see, or not see something, that you distinguish in your own work. It’s beneficial for both you and your viewers to be able to perceive the same message your project is trying to deliver, which leads me to one of the most vital elements necessary for film and art – communication. Storyboards were a better way of rendering my concepts than screenplays, and it was important for them to be clear and precise to my audience when they’ve become the final animated sequence. Even before college, film, animation, and visual art has always helped me bring my written stories to life.
Often times, I see Never Normal as a colossal storyboard instead of a comic, and to this day, my dream is to transform this comic of mine into a successful animated production for television and cinema.