View Full Version : What to buy? Comicbook guides.
06-30-2003, 02:39 AM
Has anyone any positive/negative comments about these comic book guidebooks, for example:
Drawing Cutting Edge Comics
by Christopher Hart
How to Draw Great-Looking Comic Book Women
by Christopher Hart
HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY
by Stan Lee (Author), John Buscema (Author)
The Dc Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics
by Klaus Janson
The Dc Comics Guide to Inking Comics
by Klaus Janson, Frank Miller (Illustrator)
Or has anyone any better sugestions on what to buy?
06-30-2003, 10:23 AM
The DC Guide to Pencilling Comics is a good book to have, but I have to admit I was a bit perturbed that the vast majority of the artwork in the book .... was in ink. Even the majoirty of the sketches Janson were in ink. There were precious few good examples of pencilled pages, and I think that hurts the book terribly. It does have some good advice in it, but I'm not sure it's a must-have book at the moment. I haven't yet seen the guide to Inking comics.
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way is a great book, especially for beginners. Not only does it have some really cool John Buscema art, but it's got some primers for the "basics" of comic art, primers that I have yet to see surpassed. This book does a great job of immersing you into field of comics, though you'll soon want something more sophisticated. Still, I would consider this a must-have book for any comic artist's bookshelf.
I haven't had the opportunity to review Hart's books, but in the short time I've been able to flip through them, I wasn't terribly impressed. I'm sure others here have some more experience with them, though.
06-30-2003, 11:27 AM
I don't think Hart's stuff is very helpful for anyone over 13...
As for the DC Guide... The few times I hae seen Janson's pencils they were very loose. I suspect he doesn't do much underdrawing and dives into inking, his strength, in my opinion.
The Marvel book is a great introductory how-to guide.
07-06-2003, 10:19 PM
Yeah, Janson is mostly known as an inker, or rather, a consummate *finisher*. That's why, as an inker, I can't wait to receive my copy of his inking book in the mail. :D
I would suggest, if you are going to ink your own work, which I think all pencilers should be somewhat proficient in anyway, also get Gary Martin's first volume of the Art of Comic Book Inking from Dark Horse. There's a second volume of that, and Andy Smith has a cool book on inking; these are just supplementary material, not necessary.
For the best books on comics visual theory, get Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud, particularly the former.
Joe Kubert has a book out but it's not as good as The Marvel Way or Janson's penciling book, IMO, but flip thru it to see what you think.
07-07-2003, 01:23 AM
Thanks for all the tips. I think IŽll start with buying a copy of the
HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY. I think iŽve even seen that at a comicbook store here in Stockholm!
;bat; im off.....
07-07-2003, 10:11 AM
I'll be the one to state unequivicably that Hart's books are crap.
07-07-2003, 02:53 PM
HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY is good. Another great book is THE ART OF COMIC BOOK INKING volume 1, by Gary Martin. Yet another great book is PERSPECTIVE FOR COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, by David Chelsea. HOW TO DRAW AND SELL COMIC STRIPS, by Alan McKenzie is also fantastic.
Though I enjoyed the DC book on writing, I personally found the pencilling book disappointing. The Hart books have a few useful tidbits, but on the whole, aren't worth the money.
If you're looking for a really good "HOW-TO" book on drawing in general, then allow me recommend Jack Hamm's DRAWING THE HEAD AND FIGURE. This book is only $10, and it's one of the best available on the market.
07-07-2003, 09:24 PM
The only book on your list I'd recommend is Buscema's. The Hart books are garbage.
Andrew Loomis' "Figure Drawing for all it's Worth," is showing up all over the web and is an excellent place to start. For pure mechanics, you still can't do better than George Bridgeman's "Complete Guide to Drawing From Life."
Avoid Hogarth. While it's a personal opinion that his work is grotesque, ugly and boring as hell, his "grasp" of the human figure in motion is worse than incompetent, it's simply nonexistent.
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