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Drawing Comics Lab

Book Description

Do you dream of becoming a comic artist? Drawing Comics Lab covers all of the basic steps necessary to produce a comic, from the first doodle to the finished publication. This easy-to-follow book is designed for the beginning or aspiring cartoonist; both children and adults will find the techniques to be engaging and highly accessible. Featured artists include: - James Sturm - Tom Hart - Jessica Abel - Matt Madden - Eddie Campbell - And many others Start your comic adventures today with Drawing Comics Lab!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. About This Book
  5. Unit 1 You’ve Got Character
    1. Lab 1 Building Characters
    2. Lab 2 Model Sheets
    3. Lab 3 Animals, Occupations, Emotions
    4. Lab 4 Character Creation Intensive
    5. Lab 5 Ten Cats
    6. Lab 6 Life Drawing Comics
    7. Lab 7 Copycat
    8. Lab 8 The One-Panel Gag
  6. Unit 2 Page Building
    1. Lab 9 Page-Building Basics
    2. Lab 10 Page Size and Reduction
    3. Lab 11 Stick Figure Strips
    4. Lab 12 Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
    5. Lab 13 Calling the Shots
    6. Lab 14 Panels and Pacing
    7. Lab 15 The Tier
    8. Lab 16 Cartoonists without Borders
    9. Lab 17 Turn the Page
  7. Unit 3 Storytelling
    1. Lab 18 Drawing without Stopping
    2. Lab 19 Show OR Tell
    3. Lab 20 Panel per Day
    4. Lab 21 Jam Comics
    5. Lab 22 Suspect Device
    6. Lab 23 On Location Comics
    7. Lab 24 Dream Diary
    8. Lab 25 Interview Comics
    9. Lab 26 Make a Map
    10. Lab 27 Talking Heads
    11. Lab 28 No People
    12. Lab 29 Found Text
    13. Lab 30 The 24-Hour Comic
  8. Unit 4 Materials and Techniques
    1. Lab 31 Comics Morgue
    2. Lab 32 Picking Your Paper
    3. Lab 33 Penciling
    4. Lab 34 Lettering
    5. Lab 35 Pen Power
    6. Lab 36 Inking with a Nib
    7. Lab 37 Inking with a Brush
    8. Lab 38 Mixed-Media Inking
    9. Lab 39 50 Percent Black
    10. Lab 40 Playing with Tone and Color
    11. Lab 41 Tag Team
  9. Unit 5 Publishing
    1. Lab 42 Make a Dummy
    2. Lab 43 Make a Mini
    3. Lab 44 Design as Content
    4. Lab 45 The Foldy
    5. Lab 46 The One-Sheet
    6. Lab 47 ABC Zine
    7. Lab 48 Creative Printing
    8. Lab 49 Creative Binding
  10. Unit 6 Living the Dream
    1. Lab 50 Go to a Comics Convention
    2. Lab 51 Write a Script
    3. Lab 52 Write a Proposal
  11. Contributors
  12. About the Author
  13. Acknowledgments
  14. Dedication
  15. Copyright Page