I'm an aspiring writer and artist, so I'll try to answer them accordingly.
As an artist, I've not yet accomplished much, haven't been published yet, and I am still learning. I think I can ink / draw from reference fine, but I'm not yet dynamic enough to pencil an entire project by hand. That said, if I was a penciler, I'd like very in depth descriptions and where possible, reference photos so I know which route to take. Leaving it open, for me, I think would end up in me falling flat on my face. As a penciler.For artists, how do you wish panels to be written for you, and why is that important to you?
If it's a project I am planning on writing and drawing my panel descriptions usually leave something to be desired. I can see a panel in my head and have a rough idea of how it'll look like once I drew it. But I don't describe my panels, as a writer, good enough for others to understand. That's one thing I gotta work on.Question 1: How much information do you feel is necessary for including in panel description?
I think you should let a professional / talented artist do what he wants, so I'd say not that much information. And where it's needed, or essential to the story, I'd like if the writer said so. Don't just throw in a ton of details and not explain why this is more important to include than that. But don't confine the artist so much so he's drawing what you (the non-artist / writer) imagine. Writers write, artists draw (or whatever). Bleh.
I think so, definitely. If I know the artist good, or if I have a project lined up with some great professional, I think I'll leave most of my minor details out. If instead I'm going into this project with another no-name creator, I think I'd like a little more control over the panels, and be more in depth with the information. If the artist is unproven, I feel like adding in more description is like holding his hand. If I can help describe what I see as a writer, then he can help me by drawing the best possible panels he can. If I KNOW the artist is awesome, I know regardless of how I plan out the panel, the amount of detail, all that, I KNOW he'll end up with awesome panels.Sub-question: Does knowing the artist affect that decision, and if so, how?
Wow, hah. As a writer (for projects I'm going to write and draw, and also cause I'm still not that great a writer. I can't really explain what I see in order), I usually skip over small details that I know I'll remember when drawing them. I skip things, then end up backpeddling, etc. It'd probably drive any other artist crazy. I can remember enough as the artist, it's just if somebody reads my scripts without viewing my panel sketches, I think they really miss some stuff. Mainly because I'm not that precise as a writer. That's one thing I need to work on, especially if I ever choose to just write or not draw my own stories. Right now I think it can work, even if it's something I'm trying to work on, to write the way I write. But if I'm not the artist too, I'd either have to send panel sketches along with the script to the artist or really get better at my panel descriptions.Question 2: How do you feel panel-writing should be approached, stylistically, for yourself as a writer or artist, and why does that work for you (if not necessarily for others)?
Panel writing, though, and you'll hate me for saying this Lee, I still feel like I really want to describe the foreground of each panel before the background. Like I'd rather explaing the focus / main point of the panel, even if it's on the far right side of the panel. I feel like the foreground has more dominance over the background. Gah. I dunno. I feel like getting to the main point earlier on in a panel description reminds the artist, and the reader where we're at. Then they can go in and fill in the background with little details and such. That said, yeah. I'm still having a hard time trying to go from left to right. Bleh.
I guess I also don't totally understand that last question. I'll have to wait and read other people's replies to see if anything else comes to me. But yeah...
Being an artist / writer combo is awesome (so far, heh) cause it gives me the freedom over everything. I'm a nit-picker. It's just in a way it's also my crutch in not being perfectly clear when describing panels, when writing out my story, etc. I might seem anal when describing, in depth, every page layout, the size of the panels, etc. but that's because I'm planning on being the artist too. While I wouldn't boss around Todd McFarlane with my panel descriptions, I will boss around myself. Guess that's about it.