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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823003124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823003129
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Smith, whose own comic books are published by Image Comics, has worked as a penciler, inker, and art director for several top companies, including Marvel, DC, and Acclaim Comics. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
I rate this book extremely highly. It contains tons, and I mean tons, of useful info. It really does help you to get a grip on drawing superhero figures with correct anatomy and proportions.
There are shedloads of useful drawings that will help you draw specific parts of the superhero bodies.
But it's not just limited to drawing bodies. Andy Smith explains, almost effortlessly. how to put figures, objects and buildings in perspective. On top of this you are shown how to use photographs as reference for scenes, how to use lighting and shading in order to make your drawings look more realistic.
The book then delves into actually drawing comic book pages, using a writer's script to work from, including pacing the story, using camera angles correctly, and getting the maximum output from your pencilled artwork.
AND! then the book goes onto the art of inking comic book art, including how several well known inkers go about inking artwork.
After you've read this book, you'll want to get cracking with a pencil and paper. I really cannot rate this book highly enough. It is absolutely fantastic and one of the best 'how-to' books on sale today. I recommend it wholeheartedly. 5 stars!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lomed@mweb.co.za on 30 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
The book for myself is really a great help. I am totally into this book, I am sitting and reading this book cover to cover and enjoying drawing figures from my book.I Think every kid who wants to draw dynamic comics should get one. The illustrations are great and help a lot of them help me to keep going. The book instead of being filled of long boring text has short but to the point paragraphs and added jokes which should keep the reader entertained. The demonstrations of drawing small but important parts of the figure such as ears and noses have being set out in such a way that what I once found hard is now easy. Nicholas lomax
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crimperman on 18 Jan. 2010
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Unlike so many "how to draw comics" books, this one explains _why_ you are doing something as well as what to do. Consequently it does a much better job. No "4 step" processes here (complete with a huge gap between two of the steps). This explains all the aspects of drawing dynamic comic art. Like many of the others though it won't turn you into an artist - you will need some raw talent as well. But it doesn't have those "anyone can draw" claims on the cover either. This will allow anyone who has _some_ talent and has tried and failed to draw comic art to enhance their skills and understand how to draw, rather than copy comic-book heroes and heroines.

Excellent stuff. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Carr on 1 Dec. 2014
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A great book by an obviously accomplished comic book artist. To begin this is a book on drawing comics and this is what is does. It doesn't pretend to be a general art course and it isn't. It does however sneak in some nice lessons such as perspective that can get students thinking without realising they're following drawing 'rules'. A good book for students and as a lecturer I'd say a pretty good book for us as well. My only niggle is the text - I'm not sure why (perhaps it is the font). However the old adage of you can't please everyone is true and it deserves the highest grade and I'd say a good one for the comic book artist shelves.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tex on 26 April 2003
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Drawing Dynamic Comics is one of those very rare animals; a reference book which is also a great read. This is packed full of step-by-step instruction, illustrated examples, and valuable industry tips. Everything you could ever need to be a comic book illustrator, be you beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
It teaches you how to do what it says on the cover!
Enjoy!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Greenhalgh on 29 Nov. 2004
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ive been drawing for around 3-4 years now and im an experienced cartoonist and manga artist.However when i bought this book i found that the way i had learned anatomy was realy slow!! i picked up on the easy to follow stages and examples and i am now..even though ive never done comic book art before well on my way to a more realistic look for my characters! GREAT BOOK!!!!
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