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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; Paperback & CD-ROM edition (May 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581807589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581807585
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–This is a terrific book for all artists, not just those interested in comics. Professional artists demonstrate how to use photo references in drawing, what materials to use, and techniques needed to do studies and finish the work professionally. The photos show models in various action poses, alone and in pairs, with and without props, in capes and street clothes, and expressing several emotions. The only difference between this and a professional artist's photo reference book–and what makes it a perfect addition to a library or art classroom–is that the models are all clothed. The CD-ROM has the images from the book and can be used by groups working together.–Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From the Back Cover

Supercharge Your Drawings with the Power of Photo Reference!
Every professional comic artist uses photo reference. You should too! Excellent photo reference is crucial to capturing accurage lighting, foreshortening and body language in your drawings. Sure, you can surf the 'Net or flip through catalogs to find a few poses and flat lighting. But to draw a character consistently and convincingly over an entire issue or series, you need a serious reference library.
You're holding in your hands over 1,000 awesome-quality, color photos all created specifically for you, the professional or aspiring comic artist. Inside you'll find:
  • Dynamic poses including jumping, kicking, punching, standing, ducking, lifting, flying, sitting, smoking, drinking, kissing, screaming, laughing, cowering, shooting, sword-fighting...and more
  • Extreme angles, foreshortening, and complex body mechanics
  • Superior lighting that creates dramatic, muscle-revealing shadows
Unless you have a team of superheroes willing to pose for you, Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People and Poses will be the most important tool in your photo reference library. Get started today drawing the pictures that will launch or advance your comic book career. 
Includes CD-ROM. Easy to use - Mac & PC compatible.
Includes 7 art demos by these top pro artists!
  • Greg Land - X-Men, Birds of Prey
  • Billy Tucci - Shi, Daredevil
  • Paul Chadwick - Concrete, The Matrix
  • Sean Chen - Wolverine, Iron Man
  • Matt Haley - Firestorm, GI Spy
  • Mitchell Breitweiser - Drax, Agent X
  • Fernando Ruiz, Betty & Veronica

More About the Author

Buddy Scalera is a writer, editor, marketer, and photographer. He is best known for his photo reference books and CD-Roms. Currently he is employed as SVP of Content Strategy and Media at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide.

For more info:
http://www.buddyscalera.com


BOOKS:
- Colossal Collection of Action Poses & Photo Reference for Comic Artists
- Creating Comics from Start to Finish
- Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Men & Boys
- Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Women & Girls
- Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People & Poses

CD-ROMS:
- Visual Reference for Comic Artists: Vol. 1
- Visual Reference for Comic Artists: Vol. 2
- Visual Reference for Comic Artists: Vol. 3


These CD-ROMs and books are popular among professional and aspiring artists and remain strong sellers at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Borders.

Check out the Facebook Fan Page for Buddy's Photo Reference:
https://www.facebook.com/ComicBookSchool

And http://www.comicbookschool.com

He's written 150+ published articles on a range of topics including health, politics, government, multimedia, marketing, comic books, games, movies, television and much more.

Credits include The Suburban News, The Ridgewood News, Wizard Magazine, Comic Buyer's Guide, Comics Values Monthly, Collector's Advantage, Scarlet Street, Combo, Spin Magazine Online, Pharmaceutical Voice and others.

For over four years, Scalera also wrote and hosted "ComixVision," a cable-access television show that explained the comic book hobby to mainstream viewers.

At his previous job, Scalera was the original Online Editor for Wizard Entertainment. He was joined by Rus Wooton in developing Wizardworld.com, Wizardschool.com, Toyfare.com, Toywishes.com, and Inquestmag.com.



Customer Reviews

It offers a very good variety in terms of poses and expressions, and models.
Ganapathy Subramaniam
All in all, great reference book, I would highly recommend it, especailly for students.
Olivia
I bought it based on the feedback from other buyers and I was pretty disappointed.
M. Penn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Telene Johnston on August 28, 2008
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I'll list the GOOD, then I'll list the Not-So-Good (aka. BAD).

The best two things about this book are:

1) A decent amount of images therein show the models in clothing (cloaks, some street clothing).
2) There's some decent reference of models holding weapons in "battle" poses.

That's it, really...

The *not* good (ie. BAD) things about the photograph are as follows:

1) The images are SMALL. Even the ones on the enclosed CD-ROM. Seems like the largest they get is around 700-800px on the longest side.

2) The camera's focal length causes the subjects to look distorted (ie. Huge hands close to the lens, tiny feet far away). For example:
[...]

3) Only 4 models total. And two of them don't take their socks off. It may seem like a small thing, but not showing the feet is kind of huge. There's a lot of important detail in the tendons/bones/toes that is completely missing from half the images in this book.

4) The lighting creates strong shadows. This could be good or bad. Good because you get some nice play of light across muscles/tendons. Bad because sometimes parts of the model cast shadows on their face/etc, and obscures expressions and such.

All in all, it's OKAY. Frankly, I wouldn't buy it again. I'll keep it now that I have it, but my recommendation is to look elsewhere for a good reference book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Drusila Kehl on July 5, 2006
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I already own Buddy Scalera's Pose reference DVDs and was delighted to see he'd come out with a book. I am a professional storyboard artist and find the figure and light/shadow reference in this book to be extremely helpful. While it may be geared more to the comic book artist (fighting and swordplay poses); nevertheless, I think it is worth owning. It comes with a DVD with more material. For a modest price, I think it's a terrific source for anyone drawing the human figure.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on July 30, 2006
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People and Poses is an excellent drawing reference for those interested in drawing human figure in action poses. This Impact title is chock full of spectacular photos of the human figure and contains a small amount of drawing instruction towards the end. I particularly like the 'couple's photos,' and the pictures depicting wounded/injured poses.

Overall, a great resource sure to please those interested in improving their art. 5 stars
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chaya J. Anderson on December 26, 2006
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GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!! I bought this book before it was widely released and brought it to one of my animation classes at school. All the other students liked it so much, they wanted a copy as well; but because at that time it was difficult to find, I had to watch my back to make sure nobody snatched my copy when I wasn't looking! This book is packed with lively and dramatic poses from fabulous perspectives! It's perfect for the animator, illustator, and comic book artist, helping the artist achive those hard-to-draw angles. I highly recommend this book!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Penn on October 21, 2007
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I'm surprised by all the positive reviews that this book/CD has been given. I bought it based on the feedback from other buyers and I was pretty disappointed.

The lighting of most of the models is pretty good but the angle of too many of the photos is either straight-on or shot from above. This causes the models to look squatty and distorted. The choices for female models was pretty poor. I'm sure they are very beautiful in real life but their body types are not suited for this type of photography. I also discovered that there are photos featured in the book that are not included on the CD or website link. I was also disappointed to discover that the photos are not high resolution. They are only 72 dpi and not very good quality.

There are very few books like this on the market and something like this is a nice alternative to the expense and time associated with shooting your own photos. Unfortunately, this book will not be the alternative I was looking for. Hopefully Scalera will release a future edition that will address these problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferguson on July 10, 2007
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This is a great book for artists in search of different poses to draw or paint from. The photography is good and allows adequate understanding of muscle and form. I also like that the figures are clothed. With children around and "non-artists" I like using a book that I don't have to feel like hiding everytime someone comes in the room. Do more of these books and I'll buy them. Great for "at home" gesture studies as well, and coupled with George Bridgeman or Hogarth (or any other anatomy book) it gives you some great models to learn from and study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Smalley on May 14, 2007
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Bought the book because I have trouble finding models (or roping my friends into modeling). I was impressed by the crisp color photos, and the male models he picked to do the book (the females are o.k.) On the down side, he photographs only one pose per angle, and the lighting never changes. There are sections on capes, swords, smoking, fighting (the female fight scene is laughable), and very few street clothes pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Schmitz on November 30, 2010
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I have this book as well as the "Men & Boys" and "Women & Girls" books (received in a set as a gift), and all three have some very useful aspects. The photography here isn't great, but it serves a very specific function: these books are ONLY for reference and MAINLY for people needing to draw comics. These photos are not good for a project like a large, detailed painting or an anatomy study. The lighting is harsh and as some people have pointed out, camera angles can be weird and often exaggerate foreshortening and such. A lot of the poses are unnatural superhero nonsense or contain very dramatic, over-exaggerated body language.

If you've read modern comics at all, of course, you will know that a good understanding of strong lighting, random weird angles and foreshortening is exactly what you need. This book isn't for someone doing one big piece of art, but it IS intended for someone who wants to draw lots of smallish, somewhat abstracted human images. As many books on cartooning will tell you, making small, simple images "live" involves understanding the basic form and then exaggerating it a bit to create illusions of motion and/or depth. (Burne Hogarth's drawing books are wonderful studies as well, and he has one on cartooning specifically if I recall.)

Here you'll find lots of stuff with various weapons and capes and such, which is quite useful (capes, either superhero or medieval, can sometimes be a real pain to find real reference photos for!). I personally don't care about superheros, but luckily this book's poses are transferable to most story-telling. I suppose you could even use the "noble attitude, flying with cape" photos for other stuff. If you're not looking to draw comics, these types of photos might not be of as much use to you.
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