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Useful tips for the beginner artists,
This review is from: Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist (Will Eisner Instructional Books) (Paperback)
Telling a good story is an incredibly difficult. In this book, Will Eisner shares with readers some of things to be aware of when tackling storytelling using comics.
He talks about techniques to use to help build a more convincing story. This would include comic tools like lettering, building momentum, using visual clues and writing. Examples include how props (i.e. guns) are held to reveal human characteristics.
There are lessons on how to engage readers, how readers think and mistakes to avoid. These are followed with lots of comic strip examples -- including a selection from different comic artists. Unfortunately, they aren't captioned page by page like it was done on his other books. The comic examples are great, you know it but you don't know why they work.
The book doesn't really go in depth into all aspects of storytelling. There's no talk on character development, story arcs, conflict management and specific story elements and tools.
Overall, this is still a very useful book for anyone who's just starting out and thinking of drawing their own comics.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.