Becoming a comic artist (part 3)
Gathering the basic ideas for my comic project was harder than I thought it would be, because I could not decide what I really wanted to do. Yes of course I had a basic direction but it stays just a direction. The route I want to take is still not very clear to me. So I started to use the idea-gathering-techniques I knew:
For me brainstorming is the first stage of collecting ideas. This is the first time I saw my ideas on paper. But now I did not know what to do with them. First I tried with a second brainstorming but that did not help much. So I let the ideas rest for one day. One day later I decided I had to draw the ideas so I have a first visual reference of what I want to do.
So I drew. Now I have a first catalogue of ideas, which I can use in the future. The image you see on top is one of many sketches I drew for different undefined characters. These sketches are just a way for me to build on my ideas until I have something that I can make a comic out of. Now it is just a big mess of different ideas which I still can not use in any way. I will have to explore these ideas further and somehow make a frame of a possible story.
These are my experiences so far on gathering ideas and how to process them. I hope this was a bit helpful for you and your projects. Next week I will share how I am trying to create the first draft of the plot of my comic project.