Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Art of Comic Book Drawing: More than 100 drawing and illustration techniques for rendering comic book characters and storyboards

The Art of Comic Book Drawing is a tutorial and style guide to comic and storyboard layout. Due out 10th March 2020 from Quarto on their Walter Foster imprint, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback format. At least some of the material is re-formatted and recompiled from several earlier publications 2006-2014.

The layout follows the familiar Walter Foster tutorial format. An introduction covers tools and supplies, digital illustration, drawing and inking techniques, followed by a short and easily accessible general drawing tutorial and an introduction to texture and perspective.  The book is aimed at character driven graphic storytelling, so a fair bit of the content concentrates on building characters, storytelling through perspective and movement, villains, battles, adding word balloons and lettering.

Each of the chapters includes several start to finish tutorials illustrating the concepts and techniques from the chapter. There are interactive blank panel pages for the reader/artist to try out the preceding lesson.

This is a basic book but full of good technique and will provide some useful takeaways for the majority of readers/artists.  This entire series is worthwhile and will be a valuable addition to the artist's home library. This would make a welcome gift for a young person who wants to learn some comic drawing techniques.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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