DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics

DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics

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by Klaus Janson
     
 

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America’s leading comic book publisher brings its superstar creators and classic characters to the second in an authoritative series of books on how to create comics. The art of Klaus Janson has endured in the ever-changing comic book industry for over 30 years. Now this talented artist brings that experience to the most critical step of effective comic book

Overview

America’s leading comic book publisher brings its superstar creators and classic characters to the second in an authoritative series of books on how to create comics. The art of Klaus Janson has endured in the ever-changing comic book industry for over 30 years. Now this talented artist brings that experience to the most critical step of effective comic book storytelling: pencilling.

Covering everything from anatomy to composition to page design, Janson details the methods for creating effective visual communication. Step by step, he analyzes and demonstrates surefire strategies for comic book pencilling that are informative and exciting. Using DC’s world-famous characters, he illustrates the importance of knowing the fundamentals of art and how best to use them.

The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics is packed with a wealth of tested techniques, practical advice, and professional secrets for the aspiring artist. It is a valuable resource for comic book, graphic novel, and storyboard artists everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If you have young people with comic books tucked under their arms in your library or older folks who still dream of drawing comics, this is the book to buy. For over 30 years, Janson has drawn such characters as Batman, Punisher, Daredevil, and Spawn for DC Comics. For the past ten years, he has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Here, he wisely confines himself to the fundamentals of penciling faces, anatomy, clothing, and perspective. This is followed by storytelling, composition, shots and angles, and movement. The final section offers advice on getting one's work into the hands of an editor or art director. Andy Smith's Drawing Dynamic Comics covers much of the same ground, with similar professional quality. Buy either, or both, depending on budget and demand. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823010288
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
275,460
Product dimensions:
7.56(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Over his 30-year career, Klaus Janson’s artwork has brought to life such characters as Batman, Punisher, Daredevil, and Spawn. This book is the culmination of theories learned and applied while teaching at the famed School of Visual Arts for the last ten years. He lives in New York City.

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DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Let me begin by saying that if you want to learn how to draw comics, this should be the 2nd book you buy (the 1st being Christopher Hart's 'Drawing Cutting-Edge Comics'). While the information on facial proportions can be vague, the book puts a lot of emphasis on what you actually need to draw comics, not just pin-ups. The focus on storytelling is what gives this an edge over most drawing books. The virtual lack of color is not a downside; it is actually an upside, because your pencilled pictures will not be in color, making this book easier to compare them with. The biggest downside to this book that I can think of is that almost all of the art is from existing DC Comics. While it's good to show art from lots of artists, I think that it's mostly just crass marketing. However, this book deserves four stars.