Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review: "Foundations in Comic Book Art" by John Paul Lowe

I am not an artist.  I won't even try to pretend that I have artistic talent.  But I do enjoy art and have recently been drawn into appreciating the art that goes into graphic novels, comics and manga.  This book intrigued me as I saw the big "SCAD" on the cover.  SCAD = Savannah College of Art and Design, which is definitely a trusted resource for information on this kind of topic!  The author is a professor there, and had previously worked for such comics as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and more.  So, yeah, this seemed like a pretty good book to check out.

The first thing that impressed me was the overall look and feel of the book.  (Art has a lot to do with image, no?)  It is an oversized paperback with full color illustrations or graphics on every page to help illustrate the point in the text.  The text is concise and easy to follow as it flows from topic to topic.  It starts with very basic drawing concepts (with exercises to help you develop your skills) and continues with topics of special interest to comic book art, like inking, perspective, drawing the human figure, solving visual problems and so on.  The book even discusses using Photoshop or Manga Studio as well if you wanted to explore creating art with a computer.

Now, I'm going to need way more time to practice but I feel like this would be a great reference book for budding artists or even more experienced artists who are considering comics as a focus.  There is a lot of good information in here, as well as advice from an experienced professional who is also trained to teach.  Also note the detailed index for easy reference.  I will definitely be adding this to our library's collection.

*****
Foundations in Comic Book Art
by John Paul Lowe
Watson Guptill, 2014
147 pages
Source:  Provided by Blogging for Books for an honest review.
*****

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4 comments:

geoffwhaley.com said...

Looks like a great resource! I'm seeing/hearing so much about comics and graphic novels again recently I might have to break one out for a re-read or a new read. Still haven't read Maus!

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

I'm really getting into them, for the first time really. So I haven't read Maus yet either! I will though, I know I will. :)

Etudesque said...

I'm interested checking this one out to compare/contrast it to Korean manhwa and Japanese manga techniques.
If you ever get into drawing, you should post some on your blog!

Etudesque said...

I'm interested checking this one out to compare/contrast it to Korean manhwa and Japanese manga techniques.
If you ever get into drawing, you should post some on your blog!

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