This week’s tutorial focuses on building your storytelling skills using the Rule of Three.
When creating a comic story the primary aim is to show a sequence of events that are entertaining & clear to understand.
The Rule of Three can be understood in multiple ways depending on the medium’s frame of reference.
In the setup introduce characters that can resonate with others. Pose a challenge for them or create some sort of disruption in their world.
Build anticipation for future events. Give the reader something to look forward to.
Think of the environment as a character as well.
All information in your panels must be pertinent to carrying the story forward.
For the second panel or the Hit pose challenges for your character to overcome. They should be striving for something but some sort of resistance is in the way.
The events should be pertinent to their change.
The aftermath should have a sensational ending. The ending needs to resolve something from the beginning.
Cliffhangers are fine to use but give your readers some satisfaction and something to look forward to.
Always aim to give your readers an emotional impact. Make them feel something about the story and characters.
The Rule of 3 is useful for comics as short as three panels, multiple pages and so forth. Utilize it as an extra tool in your kit.
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