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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823010295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823010295
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Over his 30-year career, Klaus Janson has brought to life such characters as Batman, Punisher, Daredevil, and Spawn. This book is the culmination of theories learned and applied while teaching at the famed School of Visual Arts for the last 11 years. Janson lives in New York City.

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I would look at both books and PRACTICE!!
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I've read a lot of books on how-to-do comic art, some on writing and publishing, and this book stood out as soon as I began reading it.
Stephen Ressel
The examples Janson gives in the text are from some of the greatest artists in comics history, yet from some of their least known work.
Mark Elton

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Ressel on December 30, 2006
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I've read a lot of books on how-to-do comic art, some on writing and publishing, and this book stood out as soon as I began reading it. Last night I finished, and have to recommend this as the best book I ever read on the subject of comic book inking, and there is little need to improve over it as a feast of information. What Janson leaves out can be found in other books, but he carved the meat off the bone where others before were clawing off unappetizing chunks.

Absolutely brilliant tips, tricks and approaches are found in these pages. The reviewer that calls this book 'preachy' merely is set to stumble into the holes awaiting most comic book artists on their way to mediocrity. Janson's primary lesson through every chapter is TO CONVEY INFORMATION TO THE COMIC READER. An inker clarifies and improves on the pencils, tightens them, and makes sure the storytelling in improved from pencils if not maintaining. Inside he covers light and dark, feathering, line weight, textures, and other basics that just aren't touched on in other books with the insight Klaus provides. And to help, he provides lots of lush B&W inked art from a period that probably influenced him - the Adams/Giordano/Wrightson/Kane period of DC comics. He also compared pencils to inks with more current art he inked over from Kane and Miller.

While Janson's own ink style is rough and appears heavy handed, it does everything it has to with grit. Sometimes the art cries out, "USE THE CIRCLE TEMPLATE!!" but over all it demonstrates how he thinks in planning textures, placement of black and white or tone, and use of feathering to describe form.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tex on March 29, 2004
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Simply put, this is the best book on inking I've read. Don't waste your money on other books, buy Jansen's and Miller's and learn everything you need to know.
The book doesn't stop with instruction on techniques, tools, and materials, but gives you some great tips such as why you should keep your ink bottle in an ashtray!
Anyone who has ever laboured under the misapprehension that comic book inking is just 'going over a proper artists drawing with a pen' is finally shown the error of their ways as Jansen and Miller demonstrate what a fine art inking is when practiced correctly. Moreover, this is a DC guide to inking, not a guide to inking DC characters. Once you've read this and got some practice in, you'll be able to ink everything from cartoons to the most cutting-edge comic book characters.
Great text, great illustrations, what's stopping you?
Buy it now!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William of Florida on February 20, 2006
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This book isn't so much a guide to inking as the title would have you think, rather, it's more of a reference.

Normally, this would cause me to give a book like this a 3 rating, but the redeeming qualities caused a change of heart.

The guidance it does give works so well with the pictures in the book, that I would dare say that a person who is interested in inking should definately pick this one up. And when you do, read it, and draw as much in it as possible. Learning comes by doing. The more you ink, the better you'll get. And I feel this book gives the neccessary lessons, to take your inking to the next level.

-Matt
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Michels on November 21, 2006
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Klaus Janson has been working in the comic book profession for decades. He is a proficient inker, but not the best author of instructional books. There are some good tips in this book, but you have to slog through his wordy and preachy writing style to find them. I haven't read any other books that are devoted solely to comic book inking so I can't recommend a perfect alternative, but here is one suggestion. Andy Smith devotes nineteen pages to inking in his book Drawing Dynamic Comics, which is excellent. You can get almost as much out of those nineteen pages as you can out of Klaus' whole book. If you pick up a copy of Smith's book and one of the many books about pen and ink that aren't specifically related to comics, you should do quite well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Fowler on February 21, 2011
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I've read some of the other reviews on this product, and I agree that it's hard to find core rules of inking when sorting through Klaus Jansen's "preachy" style of writing. It also doesn't expand a great deal on anything that wasn't laid down already in "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" by Stan Lee. However, I would say that Klaus' experience shows through his writing. The images that he provides in the book, along with the blurbs he writes with them, are far more instructional that the main parts of the text. The main parts come off as a stream-of-consiousness that switches between the subject of inking comics and working in the industry as a whole.

Long story short, it covers the basic tenets of inking, but also gives a lesson spread throughout about working in comics as a whole. I did learn some things to try in my own artwork, but nothing that changed it a great deal. Still a good reference for an aspiring comics artist like myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NGP on July 6, 2009
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I do recommend this book for anyone interested in comics, whether or not you're into writing, penciling, inking, coloring, or just reading. Inking, I think, is one of the most underappreciated art in comics because it really is the one of the most defining characteristics of the medium, as the book will explain. Much of the look and feel of comics is transmitted directly through the inking. The book shows, through example inked comic pages, the different effects (mood, weight, shadow, color, texture, etc.) which inking can create in a page, and generally how to go about achieving them. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because it's a bit short and I think it could've been made beneficially longer if they had added some tutorials or exercises which could help with the different techniques that are described. Especially for techniques like feathering and cross hatching for texture and shadow it would've been a bigger help to have examples or drills which the artist could perform to increase their skill. Other than that, the reading was laid back and so interesting that you'll find yourself remembering parts of this book for long after you set it down, especially if you practice your inking. Enjoy!!!!
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