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How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling Paperback – October 30, 2007
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Superman, Detective Comics, Batman, and X-Men. Other clients include LucasArts, Playboy, and many others. In 2004, he was named one of "Washington, D.C.'s Best" by The
Washingtonian. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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The main bulk of the book deals with comic creation specific to noir style. He explains the ways to create mood, lighting and texture to aid the story. And also touches the comic creation part like paneling, pacing, creating drama, choosing backgrounds, using references and more. All the examples included are well caption to emphasis the techniques reviewed.
At the end of the book is a 16-page noir style graphic novel to show readers the finished product.
This book is a great introduction to noir comics and serves as a great reference.
You can view more of Shawn Martinbrough's work at Verge Entertainment, which is a company he founded with his partners.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
But Martinbrough's strengths lie far beyond his style - he has a true mastery of the *craft* of sequential storytelling, which is what makes this book such a valuable read, for aspiring artists and students of the medium in general. Reading about his process has given me much food for thought in how to evaluate and critique the work of other artists, as well as in how to better compose my scripts for artists to create the maximum impact in the collaboration. In short, HOW TO DRAW NOIR COMICS is a fine read for anyone interested in creating comics, whether one's work is done at the drawing board or at the keyboard.
Oh, and you get to look at the cool pictures, too.
If ever a comic book could have special features and directors commentary this is what it would look like. Shawn Martinbrough has seamlessly interwoven the process of experiencing and learning about art in his masterful book. While there are many books about learning how to draw most of them fall into two spectrums "the kids style" and "the professional artist." These two types of books are a reflections of the broader view of comic book art that trivializes the artist without paying any respect to the frantic deadlines, and vast range or material any given artist is asked to produce. Shawn's book shatters that stigma in a way that could potentially revolutionize the industry. Should Shawn's example be followed by artist like Tim Sale or Jim Lee a new generation of artist will surely be inspired to draw their "bowls of fruit" and put in their 2,000 bad drawing before giving up and never reaching that first masterpiece. Shawn's book is the middle ground between "kids book" and "professional artist" that defines his medium, and inspires the reader to try harder. In short, this book is a fan boys dream, and an aspiring artist must read.
If you liked Shawn Martinbrough's book I also highly recommend picking up Dave Sim's latest publication "Glamourpuss." Glamourpuss follows the history of noir comics from Milt Caniff to Bruce Tim while simultaneously taking a satirical look at the life of a lofty young super model called "Glamourpuss."
Best wishes to all
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its basically encourage artist to use black more oftenPublished 1 month ago by Robert Clark Wasmund II
Shawn Martinbrough discusses the different ways to pull off certain effects in the comic noir style, a black and white style, and he provides examples that bring out his points... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Five Red Apples
Exactly what I expected product is in great condition - very happyPublished 4 months ago by Fair and Honest
Really well put together lots of useful tips , love the noir style , this book really helps explain how to do alot of different stuff. Also the pages are big and clear , clean. Read morePublished 5 months ago by giovanna santiago
A lot to learn here about manipulating black shapes for better storytelling. Not exactly for beginners. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. Daniel Preece