Comic Artist's Essential Photo Reference: People and Poses
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An essential foundational tool for any aspiring artist!
To draw a character consistently and convincingly over an entire story or series, you need a serious reference library--all professionals use them. Inside, find more than 500 awesome-quality color photos depicting popular poses, props, outfits and activities for extraordinary and everyday comic characters--people pointing at heroes flying in the sky, lifting large objects, cowering in fear from impending doom and even doing battle in hand-to-hand combat. Lit with a superior two-source technique, these photos expose dramatic, muscle-revealing shadows and figure contours to add depth, realism and weight to every illustration.
Use reference photos to:
- Trick viewers into seeing 3-D places, people and things by leveraging art techniques like foreshortening, shading and perspective.
- Breathe realism and action into drawings by referencing muscular models ranging in age, gender and ethnicity, brandishing guns, swords and knives while wearing everything from capes and street clothes to spandex shorts.
- Explore the nuances of common facial expressions like pain, anger, fear, frustration, joy, shock, confusion and smug satisfaction.
- Create dynamic poses including standing, sitting, flying, lifting, punching, kicking, smoking, screaming, drinking, laughing, sword-fighting, ducking...and more!
To Janet: You are my favorite. To Danielle and Nicole: Always stick together. To Mom and Dad: Thank you for a lifetime of support and encouragement. Contents Special Offers Introduction How to Use a Photo Reference BY SEAN CHEN CHAPTER ONE Norman: African-American Man Facial Expressions Standing Sitting Lifting Cape Street Clothes Swords Guns Fighting Wounded Scared CHAPTER TWO Haydee: Hispanic Woman Facial Expressions Standing Sitting Lifting Cape Street Clothes
head and shoulders lead the torso. Because of the outstretched arm, the shoulders are angled from their original position. Notice how the angle differs from that of the hips. The hips remain straight and close to their starting position. In the starting position, the hips bear the body’s weight, but here the weight has shifted to the model’s left upper thigh and left knee. The model’s right foot remains in its original position. It anchors the figure and gives him something to push and launch
make the body look like it’s about to tip over. Use this to your advantage to heighten the sense of motion. These figures are approximately the same height, weight and body type, but notice the subtle visual cues that tell the reader that the body on the far right is in motion. Notice also how the pose on the near right is very relaxed, compared to the picture on the far right. Both are effective poses that convey different messages to the reader. STEP 3: Break Down the Body Into Sections
Swords Guns Fighting Scared Wounded Flying CHAPTER THREE Lou: Caucasian Man Facial Expressions Standing Sitting Cape Lifting Street Clothes Swords Guns Fighting Wounded Scared Flying CHAPTER FOUR Veronica: Asian Woman Facial Expressions Standing Sitting Lifting Cape Street Clothes Swords Guns Fighting Wounded Scared Flying CHAPTER FIVE More Stuff Battle Smoking Drinking Loading a Gun About the Author Dedication Acknowledgments Introduction If you’re
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