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Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist (Will Eisner Instructional Books)
Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist (Will Eisner Instructional Books)
by Will Eisner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy, 17 Oct. 2013
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Together with "Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative" this is simply a must-have for anyone who's interested in understanding comics as an art form, or writing his own graphic novel. There's such a great amount of essential information in these books, and each concept illustrated is masterfully exemplified by Will Eisner with snippets of his graphic novels and comics. This new edition also contains notes about new tools and techniques (such as Photoshop) and new media (webcomics).


Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner Instructional Books)
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner Instructional Books)
by Will Eisner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy, 17 Oct. 2013
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Together with "Comics and Sequential Art" this is simply a must-have for anyone who's interested in understanding comics as an art form, or writing his own graphic novel. There's such a great amount of essential information in these books, and each concept illustrated is masterfully exemplified by Will Eisner with snippets of his graphic novels and comics. This new edition also contains notes about new tools and techniques (such as Photoshop) and new media (webcomics).


Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork
Perspective! for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork
by David Chelsea
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lessons in a concise format, 9 Oct. 2013
This book follows the line set by Scott McCloud of instructional books about comics... made in comics format.

David Chelsea covers working with one to three point perspectives and shows in a practical way how to apply those in comics. From the introduction aimed at perspective neophytes all the way to working with multiple perspective grids, circles in perspective and so on, the book is very thorough and it's written in a concise, clear fashion with of course lots of visual aids.

The book assumes the reader is already a decent draftsman and there's very little material on the human figure. If you're looking for a book about figures in perspective, this isn't what you're looking for and you're better off with a good figure drawing book (one of the many available) and drawing figures from life.

Overall this a great book for aspiring comic book artists who already know how to draw the human figure, looking to set their characters in a realistic world.


Mechanika: How to Create Science Fiction Art
Mechanika: How to Create Science Fiction Art
by Doug Chiang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on sci-fi design, 18 Sept. 2013
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This book shows concise, straightforward guidelines to flesh out detailed yet usable sci-fi concepts.
Several designs spacing from aliens to starships are broken down in a step-by-step fashion, from the blue pencil sketch to the finished piece in either traditional (markers and ink) or digital (Photoshop); that said, the book is always valid regardless of what medium you're using. Each step brings some "happy accidents" to the table, and the author's method relies on building on top of these unplanned elements to flesh out a more interesting design.

Mr. Chiang assumes the reader is a good draftsman already which means the book is primarily focused on method. There's also general guidelines on design (strong silhouettes, resting areas vs. detail, leading the viewer's eye).

Overall it's a great book for artists who need to develop sci-fi concepts but don't know how to approach the genre. The quality of the artwork is great and the book is pleasant to read. I wish the book were more detailed on the actual subjects depicted (e.g. joints and other mechanical parts, equipment, etc.), but it's nothing that looking for your own reference doesn't cover. It's definitely worth its price.


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