How to Become a Comic Strip, Comic Book and Graphic Novel Artist
The Horizontal Panel
This shape most closely fits the normal human field of vision which is 180 degrees. This shape can help to make the reader feel comfortable. This panel shape is good for panorama views also.
The Inset Panel
This is usually used to show a close-up of a detail or to highlight something you don't want the reader to miss.
Best to use a double border to separate it from the surrounding panel to avoid tangents as well as confusing the reader.
The Overlapping Panel
Usually used to make a stronger connection between panels or to really compress time.
Best to use a double border or cut-in to separate it from the surrounding panel to avoid tangents as well as confusing the reader.
Or a nice strong black in one background can separate the the panels.
I see a hand raised. "What's a tangent?" I'm glad you asked. Let's go off on tangent now to answer that question and then come back to panels and page design.
Be here tomorrow for a visit to Tangent City.
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