Just how do you go from an idea in your head to a fully-realized comics panel? This GIF takes us through the whole process — from storyboards right up to a full-color finished product.

Commenter JohnGreenArt shared this GIF with us in a recent io9 show-and-tell thread. Using a panel from the graphic novel he illustrates along with writer Dave Roman, TeenBoat (just like it sounds like: “combine the angst of being a teen with the thrill of being a boat!”), it shows the different steps in the process, including thumbnail sketches, inking, the different coloration protocols, and adding dialogue.

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Even more importantly, though, it shows the progression of each step, and just how each one stacks on each other.

Image: John Green

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