This week learn how to utilize the subjective camera technique to create compelling comic sequences. Lets go!
When making comics your primary objective is to stimulate an emotional response in the reader.
What is the Subjective Camera?
The Subjective Camera is when you see the action (or much of it) from the character’s point of view.
Why use the Subjective Camera Technique?
Using the Subjective Camera (SJ) technique serves the purpose of stimulating an emotional response from the viewer by placing them in the character’s shoes.
By getting in the character’s head you see what they see & feel how they feel.
The S C Technique follows a 4 part formula. First start with a close-up of the character. The one you want to use to bring the reader into the story.
* A close-up is when the panel is zoomed in close.
Second, show the following shots from the character’s point of view. As if you were seeing through the character’s eyes.This allows us to see what they see. Below I am doing a POV shot from another character to build up anticipation.
Now show the character again but with a different expression. The reader will feel what the character feels. Check out how I switched him from looking nervous to more menacing in this shot.
Lastly, add additional panels to show the spatial relationships and passage of time. Make the sequence of events & actions as coherent and clear as possible.
The Subjective Camera Technique is useful for making compelling scenes in your comic. Storytelling can be tricky when it comes to pacing a sequence of events. As a cartoonist you want to be able to keep your reader’s attention engrossed as possible in your story not just demonstrate elaborate talent or boring panels. Make magic happen in your sequences by paying attention to the panel compositions and how they will keep a grip on your readers. Give them a clear & emotionally impactful story. They’ll love you for it.
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