Foundations in Comic Book Art: SCAD Creative Essentials (Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists)

Foundations in Comic Book Art: SCAD Creative Essentials (Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists)

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by John Paul Lowe
     
 

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A comprehensive guide to creating and developing comic book and graphic novel art, from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the world's leaders in sequential arts instruction.

John Lowe, Dean of the School of Communication Arts at SCAD, presents an in-depth primer on the tools and techniques used by top sequential artists to crate comicSee more details below

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A comprehensive guide to creating and developing comic book and graphic novel art, from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the world's leaders in sequential arts instruction.

John Lowe, Dean of the School of Communication Arts at SCAD, presents an in-depth primer on the tools and techniques used by top sequential artists to crate comic books, graphic novels, and other sequential art forms. Based on SCAD's world-famous sequential arts curriculum with examples of professional comic book art from their faculty and alumni, the book uses detailed instruction and step-by-step examples to teach key artistic methods like sketching, thumbnailing, reference gathering, and using production/digital design methods. This book covers all the materials and methods aspiring artists need to master to make it as sequential artists.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2014
Professional comics illustrator (DC Comics, Marvel Comics) and dean of the School of Communication Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Lowe (Working Methods) presents a new guide for comics and sequential art that is suitable for beginners. The author writes that he believes anyone can draw, as long as they have both the desire and discipline to do so. The book addresses topics such as honing one's visual perception, drawing in perspective, the figure, sketching, thumbnails, using ink, and digital design techniques. Examples of art by SCAD faculty and alumni are included, and detailed exercises accompany each chapter. VERDICT Beginning and intermediate artists interested in comic books and graphic novels will want to check out this practical manual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804137133
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
481,893
File size:
114 MB
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Meet the Author

John Lowe is the Dean of the School of Communication Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In his work as a sequential artist, he has served as illustrator for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Archie Comics. His work has also been published by Dark Horse Comics, the Cartoon Network, and Warner Bros. Animation. He is the creator of the award-winning annual Sequential Arts Anthology, and author of Working Methods: Comics Creators Detail their Storytelling and Artistic Processes.

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FOREWORD

One of the saddest lessons you will learn when you go to art school is that your art is not very good. One day in sophomore year you will look down at your Dali-inspired colored pencil drawing of anthropomorphic lizards, and you won’t be able to ignore it any longer. You’ll look up at your professor and see it in her eyes: she thinks you’re a bad artist. She thinks you’re a bad artist, and she doesn’t think you’re ever going to get better. 
“Very creative,” she’ll say. 
“Thanks,” you’ll say.
John Lowe thinks you can get better. In fact, he’s sure you can get better. He’s sure you can get good.

This is what makes John Lowe a great teacher and an unusual one. If you are his student, he is interested in you and he is interested in your art. He finds out what your goals are, and he doesn’t let you forget them. He finds out what your comfort zone is, and he jabs and teases you out of it. He finds out what tools you’re used to using, and he doesn’t let you use them anymore. He finds out how much homework you’re used to doing, and he assigns twice as much. He takes artwork you were up all night working on and tells you to change everything. He tells you to change everything, and you squawk in disbelief, and John laughs and say, “Nothing’s precious.”

And it’s true: nothing you put on paper is precious. You have something else that’s precious, and it’s something John will find for you when you can’t find it yourself anymore. It’s why you started drawing in the first place. It’s in your hand, your eyes, your heart. Don’t lose it. Don’t let it get away.

Eleanor Davis
SCAD Alumna

Eleanor Davis a cartoonist and illustrator. She created the graphic novels The Secret Science Alliance and The Copycat Crook. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and Print. She has won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor and the Russ Manning Award. Originally from Arizona, Davis now lives in Georgia.

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