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Interesting New How-To Guide to Drawing Comic Characters


The 21 Draw Art Project has a new book looking for funding today on IndieGogo that seemed interesting to me, so I figured I’d feature it here.

Essentially, it’s a reference guide for drawing comic characters aspiring artists, with famous artists like Steve Rude and Ariel Olivetti supplying examples of different types of characters and then supplying explicit details for each of the characters. You know, front shots, back shots, side shots, details on hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.

The variety of different art styles is very important, as you’re bound to find an artists whose style is similar to your own so that they would be the most help to you.

It seems like a very useful book that I Figured a bunch of artists out there would be interested in, so if you’re one of those people, check out their IndieGogo listing here. They just went live with funding of their project.


On the one hand, The Dude. On the other, Benes.


May 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Thanks for the heads up Brian.

This project looks interesting.

If anyone’s interested in Rude’s artwork, I’d highly recommend also checking out his book
“Steve Rude: Artist In Motion”, it’s a wonderful resource for all things Dude.

I clicked the link and IndieGogo called me Brian. I feel like Dr. Doom must have felt when he had the Beyonder’s power for a little bit.

i love the dude. thanks brian

I clicked the link and IndieGogo called me Brian. I feel like Dr. Doom must have felt when he had the Beyonder’s power for a little bit.

Ha! Yeah, I think that might be a specific link they sent just for me. I believe I’d edited it to their general project entry.

Jeff Nettleton

May 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Interesting. I like that they are giving you multiple views, as far too many art books of this type, tend to concentrate on front and 3/4 views. There are several books by Jack Hamm that are great for any aspiring cartoonist, whether they want to focus on cartooning, or more straight forward illustration. He gives a good, solid foundation in figure construction and proportion, and the ins and outs of different elements, like hairstyles and body shapes. Burne Hogarth’s books were good for exploring the dynamic elements (hence their name) but kind of light on actual instruction. The original How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way was actually a pretty good starter book. The best for storytelling, still, is Will Eisner’s Comics & Sequential Art.

I know Rude is a big Andrew Loomis disciple, and one would think he would try to approach art instruction in a similar manner to Loomis. I’ve never come across a Loomis book, but the excerpts I’ve seen and the reputation of them seem to indicate they are fantastic instruction books.

Oh, this’ll be very popular among aspiring female artists with all those totally-not-sexist women and totally-not tentacle eroticism.

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