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Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Men and Boys Paperback – October 29, 2008

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About the Author

Buddy Scalera, author of IMPACT's top-selling Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People and Poses, is a comic-book writer and publisher who is well connected with artists and others in the comics industry. His writing credits include issues in Marvel Comics' Agent X, Deadpool, Marvel Knights and X-Men series. He is an active self-promoter with marketing, journalism and web experience, who knows his way around the comic-industry news outlets.
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Product Details

  • Series: Comic Artist's Photo Reference
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; 1st edition (October 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I suppose this sounds a little bit odd - but I was sort of irritated by the misleading title? The youngest model is 18, which I suppose I at 20 would consider a young man rather than a boy. As someone who was illustrating a story that involved a younger boy, I was hoping for some good dynamic reference - of, well, a boy - like the title claimed.

The models range in age otherwise, but not so much in terms of build. It would also have been nice to see a few more for each age group rather than just the one model for each.

I appreciated it because it's definitely a reference for comic artists - lots of cool poses with interesting items; guns, swords, things you don't find in your run of the mill guide. The poses are dynamic and come up often in a typical action-based comic book.

So although I think it could have been better, it would be a lie to say I won't get a lot of good use out of it!
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I've been a fan of Comic Artists Photo Reference since the beginning and this last edition in the series (this is the 3rd) did not disappoint. The book builds on the previous editions by adding different poses and a few different weapons and themes. And of course, the models are different as well. It follows the format of the earlier editions by providing 4 different sections with a different model in each - ages 18, 25, 37, and 44. The book crackles with energy and provides page after page of dynamic and energetic poses. The models stand out well from the backgrounds and overall the lighting has been done very nicely... sculpting the bodies and making them pop out 3-dimensionally. The accompanying CD is really nice as well and gives you hundreds of photos that you can put on your computer. One of the ways that I utilize this is to to use a slideshow format (in iphoto or any other program) and draw from the model with timed poses. You can work with a book like "The Natural Way to Draw" very easily this way if it's hard to hire a model or attend classes. This book is also really helpful when studying anatomy. I've used George Bridgeman, Burne Hogarth and others and I like to lay this book out next to what I'm studying to help give my studies depth and such. Some reviewers complained about the ages of the models. There's a great book called "Virtual Pose - Children and Teens - that covers this age group very well (although it lacks the dynamic qualities that Scalera is so good at capturing. Until Buddy Scalera does a book on just children (hint, hint:) Virtual Pose might suffice. But regardless, "Men and Boys" is a great book to add to your library.
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Possibly one of the best male reference books I've seen. This is a wonderful book. When I was done I was really sad. I wanted to see MORE poses of men! It even comes with a CD! This is an awesome book that has its models in action poses with guns, knives, swords, and even bow and arrows/crossbows and more! It also has men of different heights and body builds which adds more power to this book. If you're a comic artist looking to draw your men in action poses then this book is a must-have! Thank you, Buddy Scalera!
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This is another fine product from author Buddy Scalera. He included a nice assortment of models and the poses are very useful. Since I've purchased Scalera's previous books, I knew what to expect, and I wasn't disappointed. This book will be used often.
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Since I ordered all three books (Men and Boys, Women and Girls, and People and Poses) I have the same opinion on all three based on my use of them. I give all three books 4 stars and here's why:
The books do cover a lot of different poses/situations - fighting, flying, romance, weapons etc. I do feel they cover a good area for an artist but it doesn't cover every situation an artist might dream up(that would be an impossible task). One flaw is (imo) is the lack of some types of shots - for example pics taken from behind the model (regardless of category). Personally I wish the books had front, back, and sides of the main poses, if not for all poses in the books. Which brings me to the next (imo) flaw - the photos in the books are not on the accompanying cd - well not all of them. That should have been a no-brainer, but not having every photo in the books on the cd, (imo) cheapens the value of the package(books and cd) as a whole. I did enjoy the extra pics on the cd that aren't in the book. Those two flaws are the reason for the loss of star.
The big question is though can these books provide any help to an artist at all? Even though these books are showing their years, I believe they can(despite their shortcomings), no matter the skill level. If Mr.Scalera were to release a new series of photo reference books, I hope he would entertain the following insights:
In this day and age forgo the book format entirely. Make the books on DVD only - they are cheaper to produce and can hold a lot more info.
If you do make another book/dvd combo please make sure the dvd has all of the photos from the book.
How about a 360 degree model/pose on the dvd? I don't know how economical it would be for every pose on the disc but the addition of such would help.
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