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Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics: From the Legendary Creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Iron Man Paperback – November 16, 2010
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After more than 30 years Stan Lee does it again. If you got the first book, you must get this one as well. And if you didn't get it, but you would love to make a comic (at least as a hobby) get both.
Now, into this most excellent book.
Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics is the latest book from the man himself. This is not a rehash of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, although you may find a couple of drawings borrowed from the first book. Instead, this is a how-to-draw book that stands by itself and is bound to become a classic, just like the first book did.
This is how this book is organized
A Brief History of Comic Books...
Tools of the Trade
The Human Head
Amazing Anatomy, Action & Acting
Characters and Costumes
Bring on the Backgrounds
The Life Behind the Layouts
Crafting the Color
Suggested Reading, Website, Schools & Supplies
At this point, it is very difficult for me to resist a direct comparison between the first book and this one. This book is heftier than the first one and contain a lot more details.Read more ›
But I think the title of the book is misleading. There really isn't much "how to draw" information in this book.
It's really more of a reference book.
This book is for someone who already knows how to draw, but they don't know how to put those drawings into comic book form. It really has nothing to do with teaching you how to draw. Well, except for on short tutorial at the beginning of the book.
This book is full of good information if you are serious about getting into the comic book drawing field. It also had some good tips that I was not aware of, such as the use of photo references and tricks like Google sketchup for backgrounds.
Something else that irritated me while I read this book is that it doesn't seem like it was written by Stan Lee. I have been reading Stan's writing for years and it just didn't sound like him. I have no proof other than that, and the fact that some of the other Amazon reviewers seem to feel the same way.
In the end, the book is useful. But I wouldn't expect someone who is just starting out and learning how to draw to find what they are looking for here.
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It introduces the world of comics and what you need to create them. It covers the basic topics like drawing, storytelling, finding work, etc. There are lots of useful comic creation tips discussed, complimented by examples from popular artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Frank Cho and the likes.
This isn't a technical book so there aren't any how-to or step-by-step tutorials. When you finish the book, you'll know what it takes to create comics but you'll have to get other comic drawing books to learn the technical skills. Most of the chapters introduced in this book are actually subjects that already have whole books devoted to them.
This book is recommended to beginners who have absolutely no prior knowledge on creating comics. That said, if you're past that stage, you should skip this and get books devoted to specific subjects.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This time, Stan is guide, and master of the well honed process (except art, which he leaves to seasoned professionals, and the tour is worth the time spent reading every page. The tour includes:
Characters and costumes
Bring on the backgrounds
Life Behind the layouts
While many of these topics are covered more indepth in other books, Lee gives us a look from start to finish. In the 1950's, artists went around, showed their portfolios and walked out with work, today, it is not quite so easy. Yet, certain aspects of the craft is easier. The basic skills behind crafting comic pages have not changed, merely the manner in which they are manipulated and corrected. Digital may be cool, but nothing beats a Kirby page with corrections by Romita, Anderson or even sinnott so obvious.
Of particular value are the step by step processes for photoshop and google sketchup, which I had not heard of before. Using seasoned pros and well respected artists from todays top titles adds relevance to this well done book. Copious art illustrates Stans' points and just makes this part eye candy, and tutorial all in one.
It is very clear that Dynamite has hit a home run with this production. Thanks guys, once this was a mystery, now it seems like work!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought this for our two youngest sons, they both have a huge artistic talent. They loved both of the Marvel books we bought on how to draw. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Joey
I love it. And i recomend to buy it with Stan Lee how to draw SuperheroesPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good for that learner who wants to start creating. lot of tips for its price.Published 5 months ago by G. Patino
Incredibly helpful technical knowledge presented and fantastic recommendations for products that a beginning graphic novelist can put to good use.Published 6 months ago by ThePQ
My son loves this book. He is a huge fan of Stan Lee's, so I'm sure that helps. He said he learned a good deal from reading it and is applying it to his comics.Published 9 months ago by Dorrganic
My son wont stop drawing. I even made him a drafting table and bought him drawing equipment. He is getting real serious about drawing comics.Published 9 months ago by Hector
I'm giving this book 3 stars because it's okay for someone interested in the fundamentals done up in a fancy way. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Oscar Solis