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Comic & Fantasy Artist's Photo Reference: Colossal Collection of Action Poses Paperback – September 26, 2011
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"Buddy Scalera manages to bring his years of experience as both a writer and an educator to bear once again in what I see as a must have in the library of any serious comic and graphic novel artist."
- John Wilson - ComicRelated.com
"The images include a number of standard, everyday poses like standing and sitting, but he also gets extremely dynamic shots like a character not just throwing a punch, but taking a punch as well. And flying! How many photo reference books include flying?!" -Michael Wirth - ComicBooked.com
"This book is special because it's more than just a book of photos. It's an actual tutorial on how to use photo references given by some of the best artists in the business."
- Lee - Comics And...Other Imaginary Tales
"All in all, Colossal Collection of Action Poses is essential. Great use of photos. Great choice of artists, who act as mentors in their detailed descriptions. Successfully done!"
- Jeff Haas - TheOutHousers.com
From the Back Cover
The most complete photo reference collection ever assembled for comic book and fantasy artists!
Action-packed with 1,200 poses!
Created specifically for comic book and fantasy artists, the Colossal Collection of Action Poses features page after page of energetic, high-quality, artfully composed reference photos. This isn't your average visual aid full of boring, lifeless models in the same staid poses. In this book, you get WHAM! (Karate chop to the head!), WHOOSH! (Leaping out of danger!), ARGH! (I've been shot!). Running, flying, kicking, wielding weapons, it's all here, along with a great selection of casual activities (talking on the phone, getting dressed, drinking) for carrying your storyline forward.
- 1,200 dynamic facial expressions and poses, with an emphasis on action
- Extreme angles, perspective and special lighting poses for maximizing drama
- Male and female models represent a range of ages and ethnicities
- 16 step-by-step demonstrations show how professional comic artists from DC, Marvel and other top publishers use photo references to create cutting-edge art
This collection brings together all three previously published Comic Artist's Photo Reference books, along with brand new actions and demonstrations. It's powerful inspiration for drawing smokin' scenes and creating authentic characters that leap off the page.
By Buddy Scalera
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I'm buying more of these books because mine are always being used and I just don't have enough!
Rating 4 out of 5 stars because this IS a great book... I will re-purchase the physical copy but the sheer weight of it is something that will make me keep it at home. I refunded my digital copy because the details an artist may look for in this book do not transfer well in to a digital copy. I HIGHLY SUGGEST purchasing the physical copy although it is slightly more expensive and weighs a ton.
Happy arting! :)
I would consider buying the book in physical copy because the references (look) like they'd be good if they were big and high quality, but I feel so ripped off that I probably won't.
DON'T BUY IT.
The lighting is static, diffused light, but any competent artist can gather the contours by looking at the pictures. The models are clothed, the guys usually wear just pants, and the amount of clothing on the women varies, from just underwear, to underwear and a tank top, to capris and tank tops. Your mileage may vary on how you'll feel about this, as some people are purists about this, but I like the modesty for the most part, makes it less awkward I guess.
My only real complaint is in regards to the running poses. From what I've found, poses references usually take a static running photograph, and it's usually pretty obvious they just took a picture of a guy standing on one foot, the picture just lacks a certain dynamism. I can see they tried to counteract this problem by taking one of the models out into a park and taking pictures of her running around, climbing on slides and what have you. However, while I admire and appreciate the effort, many of these photographs are blurry and just look unprofessional. Many of the running pictures are taken at odd angles, and since they were taken outside the lighting is a bit off. While you can get the gist of the pose from the running pictures, I just can't shake the feeling that I'm looking at a junior high yearbook (yes, the kind made by junior high kids). There are a few other poses with these same issues, but on the whole most of the poses are in the studio setting with proper lighting and composition. Another issue, but slightly more trivial is the facial expressions, some just look silly.
However, if you didn't buy the book just for the running poses, and are willing to overlook some other minor faults, then I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of action pose references.