Being one of the resident artists at Whatchareading, it often falls on me to review the books that deal with the subject of the creation of comics. And as an artist, Lord knows I’ve spent half my Life looking for books that will expand my knowledge of an art form that I have become obsessed with achieving a mastery in. When I first picked up a pen and a piece of paper, there weren’t that many books that dealt with the subject of comic art. Sure, there were a few books out there on the subject of anatomy ( by Andrew Loomis, George Bridgman, and Burne Hogarth ), perspective, and composition. “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” ( written by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema ) however, was the only publication around that actually tied these subjects together and demonstrated how they related to comic art. Unfortunately, I always felt it was more of a broad overview and I was looking for something more in-depth. This book barely scratched the surface.
Thankfully, I was not the only artist who experienced this dilemma and many of today’s comic book professionals have stepped up in a big way to make sure the book market is inundated with various publications that burgeoning artists can refer to. One of those professionals is Savannah College of Art and Design instructor John Paul Lowe and his book, “Foundations in Comic Art: Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists” doesn’t just ask for a place on an artist’s book shelf… it demands it.
This book has many of the same chapters as other art books. Chapters on anatomy, perspective, and composition. What separates this book from the rest of the pack is how in-depth it deals with the subject of each chapter. Never have I found a more comprehensive book dealing with comic book art. The inking chapter alone gives this book a place of honor among my collection. And for those who have chosen the digital route in churning out a comic page, there are chapters with art examples provided in Photoshop and Manga Studio. Rarely does a book come along that answers all the questions a comic artist would have regarding his field of choice. Trust me tho’………this book is it.
5 out of 5
Foundations in Comic Book Art
Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists
by John Paul Lowe
SCAD Creative Essentials
$24.99 trade paperback (Can $28.99) ● 192 pages ● 8-1/2 x 10-7/8 inches ● 200 B&W images, 300 color images
ISBN 978-0-7704-3696-4 ● eBook ISBN: 978-0-8041-3713-3
On Sale August 12, 2014