Drawing Blood & Valour: The Legends of the Knight Sir Bevis
From Script to Finished Page – by Matt Beames

Welcome to part three! (If you missed them earlier, read part one here and part two here.) So, this blog will look at how Marcus Pullen (who is creating the sequential artwork for Blood & Valour) takes the script I send him and creates a final finished page of the comic.

Rather than look at the script as a whole, as I have done in the first two blogs in this series, this time I focus on the development of a single page of the comic, or more specifically Page 8 of Issue #1.

The Script
As detailed in the last blog, the finished script for Blood & Valour is broken down into Pages, and has details of each panel on that page.  Page 8 of Issue #1 is made up of four panels, and for each one I gave a description of the rough shape of the panel and what the image is, and any dialogue or SFX that need to be included.progression-1

The Layout
For each page I also gave Marcus a small sketch of the page as I imagined it, numbering the panels to match up to the script.  The intention was to give him as clear an idea of what I was seeing in my mind as I wrote the comic.issue-1-page-8-progression-2

Roughing out the Page
Marcus took the script and panel layouts I provided and used them to create a rough version of the final page.  He took the dialogue into consideration at this stage, to ensure that the images wouldn’t be lost behind the text later on.issue-1-page-8-progression-3

Adding the Detail
Once the layout was set, he began to create the final, detailed artwork.  Marcus uses illustration software and so could draw directly on top of the rough image, using it as a spacing reference.issue-1-page-8-progression-4

The Finished Image
Marcus works in sections, using layers to keep the various elements of the page separate.  Finally all the elements are finished and combined, and the rough layer is removed.  The page is nearly complete.issue-1-page-8-progression-5

Adding the Text
The final step is adding the text, both narration and dialogue.  The positioning Marcus has used is pretty close to his planning in his first, rough drawing, but is adjusted slightly to fit the final image.issue-1-page-8-progression-6And with that, Page 8 of Issue #1 of Blood & Valour is complete!

I hope this insight into the process of taking Blood & Valour from an initial concept to a finished comic has been an interesting one to read. Keep checking back for more blogs from behind the scenes of Blood & Valour, including a From Concept to Comic: Creating The Covers guest blog from our cover artist, Guy Stauber. See you next time!

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