The original page size that I like to work with is 14" x 18". The initial rough layout drafts are done on a regular 8.5" x 11" sheet but then I take that layout and do a more detailed image in blue pencil before going over that in regular pencils to add definition and details. This is a nice size to work with because it gives ample room for detail work and a good feel for how the page looks from across the studio. The downside is that each page needs to be scanned in sections and then combined into one large image to work with. That large image is then also resaved at the regular 8.5" x 11" size for use on the website so that my images don't take forever to load.
Eventually, once each page is completed in the large size, these will be resized to the regular size for printing and also for future use as a webcomic. It's all a process of learning as you go since, no matter how many videos tell you how to do it, nobody ever seems to do it the same way and every artist/writer combination is unique . . . both in their images and story, and in how they work together.
Here then is the first page of clean pencil work for the graphic novel project. Some of you may need to brush up your Russian to read it but I think you'll get the drift.