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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Nguyen is a full-time freelancer, primarily for DC Comics, but other clients include Marvel Comics, Wizard Magazine, Upper Deck Entertainment and others. Along with artist Doug Mahnke, he has produced two DVDs: The Tom Nguyen Style of Comic Book Inking and The Doug Mahnke Style of Comic Book Penciling. Tom Nguyen has also written Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen (IMPACT 2007).

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His step by step process is very interesting and could be easy to follow.
ernie muresko
I highly recommend this book for anyone (beginner or not) who wants to learn how to draw pretty women.
Bottomline Man
This book here give me plenty of new idea's to keep me from getting board.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By CB on June 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Let's get this out of the way first - "Incredible Comic Book Women" is not the only book you'll ever need in order to draw comic book women well. No single such book exists.

Okay, now that we've cleared the air, "Incredible Comic Book Women" is probably the best book out there specifically dealing with how to draw the women of comics. Christopher Hart has written a book on the subject (How to Draw Great-Looking Comic Book Women (Christopher Hart Titles)) and other books (like How to Draw Fantasy Females: Create Sexy Cyberpunks, Seductive Supergirls, and Raunchy All-Action Heroines, Draw & Paint Fantasy Females, and How to Draw Those Bodacious Bad Babes of Comics) all have their good (and, unfortunately, mostly bad) points, but ICBW (as I'll refer to this book from here on in) is unique in that it takes its time in trying not only to teach you some of the basic and intermediate techniques, but it also has some great bits helping burgeoning artists recognize what they might be doing wrong, which is very important.

The book has 3 parts, each divided up into a series of segments:

Part 1: Drawing Crash Course tries to be a basic drawing fundamentals tutorial, covering gesture, face, hair, body structure, etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Booth on July 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Incredible Comic Book Women with Tom Nguyen is the most comprehensive and helpful how-to art book I have ever purchased. It is an immense help to me, being an aspiring artist these past years, but a lot of his tips would be excellent for beginners as well.
He covers all facets of creating kick ass comic chics, from anatomy to facial structures/expressions, to different styles of clothing and hair, and everything in between. He even goes in depth on chapters that deal in lighting, photo-reference, and layouts.
I especially enjoy the assignments section of the book. Working through them, and reading his advice as you progress, I feel is an invaluable tool.

I highly recommend this book. I cannot think of a better book to help an artist, be they Pro or beginner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Patterson on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
The first thing that the reader will notice about this book is its tone. The author certainly has a sense of humor and isn't afraid to use that as a vehicle to help in the learning process. From the over the top title to the wry internal captions, this book definitely does not take itself too seriously.

The content of the book is laid out in a very logical way. You begin with learning the correct way to draw components of female anatomy and then work towards drawing the full figure. This book does an excellent job on focusing on the basics of anatomical construction, the importance of action lines and building up a form with primary and secondary curves.

I wish the book had included more reference images from which the reader could put some of the concepts into practice. It's fine to follow along with the lessons, but by the end I wanted to spread my wings a little more.

One real standout bonus for me was the fact that the author included many illustrations of common mistakes. For example, he would show how amateur artists draw long hair by over emphasizing every single strand. He then explains why this is not effective and shows a more professional approach to drawing the same hair. This technique is used throughout the book and really helps to hit ideas home, especially when (like me) you can really relate to some of the examples of how not to draw it.

One note that may sound a little silly is that I was glad to see that included in the book was a full three pages on how to draw breasts. For some unknown reason most books shy away from this topic, which is a real shame because drawing natural and realistic looking breasts is challenging and is not something that should be missed.

Why is drawing women so difficult?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Smith on May 19, 2013
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If you subscribe the theory that all women in comic books must be ultra hot, hip-tossing chest-thrusting sex pots then this is a great book for you. If you're examining a sultry and romantic/alluring style this book is also probably a decent choice. If you're looking for tough, strong, independent female characters who have realistic proportions and poses... not so much...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew K. on September 18, 2014
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This book is by far the most superior book on drawing women out on the market to date. I actually borrowed this book from the kindle store, but after going through it I had to grab a hard copy. The Do's and Don'ts in here are super helpful along with the reference photos this book is just a blast to get through. In my opinion this is a far better book than Christopher Hart's How to Draw Great-Looking Comic Book Women. The only down side is that, I want more content and that its not sold through prime!
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