The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics

The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics

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by Klaus Janson
     
 

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For the aspiring artist who wants to become an expert comic book inker, The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics is the definitive, one-stop resource!

America’s leading comic book publisher brings its superstar creators and classic characters to the third in an authoritative series of books on how to create comics. Legendary comic book inker Klaus

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For the aspiring artist who wants to become an expert comic book inker, The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics is the definitive, one-stop resource!

America’s leading comic book publisher brings its superstar creators and classic characters to the third in an authoritative series of books on how to create comics. Legendary comic book inker Klaus Janson uses DC’s world-famous characters—including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman—to demonstrate an array of inking techniques, covering such topics as using textures, varying line weights, creating the illusion of three-dimensionality, and working with light and dark. Janson’s lively, step-by-step instructions are informative, exciting—and clear enough for even beginners to follow. In addition, every technique shown in this guide conforms to actual industry standards.

The perfect how-to on everything from basic inking materials to storytelling techniques, this one-stop sourcebook is packed with a wealth of tested techniques, practical advice, and professional secrets for the aspiring comic artist.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
To produce comic books efficiently, most publishers hire different artists to create penciled versions of the story, to ink the story, and finally to add color to the story. Inking is the process of adding depth, shape, shadow, and a polished finish to the penciled panels of comic book art. For casual readers, it is probably the least visible and most under-appreciated aspect of their design. Janson's guide helps provide new insight into the complexity of this process. His real audience, however, is the aspiring artist considering a career in the field of inking. He starts by addressing the simplest of issues: What materials should an artist invest in? In later chapters he explores different inking techniques. A section on common mistakes helps illustrate a variety of problems that fledgling inkers are prone to making. Writing about art is always, however, an exercise in the abstract. Janson's guide ensures its usefulness by devoting more than half the space in the volume to illustrations. Readers can easily see the methods and techniques under discussion. The fact that virtually all of the illustrations come from a very similar style of comic book art is a bit disappointing, but it is an easy lapse for any serious student of the craft to overlook as he or she applies the advice gleaned here to his or her own projects. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Watson-Guptil, 128p.; Index. Illus., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Megan Isaac

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780770434588
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
800,488
File size:
26 MB
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One of the most useful inking tips I ever learned was not about the type of ink but the amount. You should always have two bottles of ink on your table. One bottle is used to ink and the other is used to refill the first one. Always keep the inking bottle filled to the rim. The brush and pen only need to dip right below the rim to pick up more than enough ink to perform. This eliminates any question about the level of ink inside the bottle and the probing with a brush or pen that goes on when the artist is uncertain where the ink level is. it also guarantees that the artist has control over the amount of ink being used and speeds up the inking by quite a bit!

Meet the Author

KLAUS JANSON'S artwork has brought to life such characters as Batman, Punisher, Daredevil, and Spawn. Although he is renowned as a comic book penciller, Janson first won acclaim as an inker, and revolutionzed this rareified art form. This book represents the theories that Janson has learned and applied while teaching at the famed School of Visual Arts for the last eleven years. He lives in New York City.

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