Terry Shay is back with another installation of Creativity Corner. The “insta-piration” this time: Creativity Around You – Graphic Novels and Instagram.
Victoria Jamieson, author of several acclaimed graphic novels, posted this photo. These stacks of paper will eventually create a graphic novel. I had never really thought about what goes into creating a graphic novel, so I asked for more information since I thought the Creativity Corner readers would also be interested.
Victoria said that the process was this:
She submitted sketches to her agent, who used those to sell the book. Victoria first turned in sketches for the first chapter or two, and a written manuscript for the rest of the book. After a publisher bought the book, Victoria started with this stack of paper and began creating each page.
I know that authors who write books have many edits, so at this stage, I asked if once the art was done, would she have to go back and recreate some of the drawings, like an author does with words when writing a book. Her answer was, “I’ve already submitted sketches for all the drawings, but inevitably there will be some edits and corrections. I can often sub in corrections via Photoshop; however, so it’s not often that I need to re-draw an entire page.
Sometimes a panel or two, or new expressions or missing details.I get many more edits on the text, which is much easier to change. I try to get the manuscript as polished as possible, then do the sketches for the rest of the book. There are more edits to come once words and pictures are together, of course. By the time I get to final art, I want the sketches to be approved and to have as few changes to make as possible, as it can get confusing to shuffle panels and pages around.”
Recently, she posted this photo with the caption, “150 pages down, 100 to go.”