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