Ab­stract Lay­outs

ImagineFX - - Artist Insight 15 Manga Secrets -

Manga doesn’t just stick to tra­di­tional boxes in rows. It of­ten em­ploys dy­namic panel lay­outs that stretch across the height or width of the whole page, along with di­ag­o­nal lines and ir­reg­u­lar shapes. Some­times boxes aren’t even used at all, with hazy pat­terns used as out­lines, or the char­ac­ter breaks out of the panel. Pan­els can even fade in and out as part of the sto­ry­telling. The dif­fi­culty is en­sur­ing that re­gard­less of lay­out, the panel or­der re­mains clear. Try read­ing some manga to find lots more ex­am­ples to play with.

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