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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Books on Visual Storytelling

What is Visual Storytelling?

Telling a story visually, that's what! And it's a very important and difficult thing to learn. Most books you see on "How to Draw Comics" talk about anatomy, perspective, and composition and touch on some of the smaller points of storytelling, but leave out all the really unique parts that really make an artist a powerful storyteller and a book a success!

Pace and Mood are two of the most powerful tools a comic book artist can master. The size of the panels, distance between them, the way you represent passing time, dramatic lighting, how the angle and placement of the 'camera' can make your reader feel (bird's eye = safe, worm's eye = down in the action), to the way a silohuette and the choice of not using dialogue can take a characters mournful posture from sad to distraught, depressed, hopeless.

I've picked some of my favorite books that look outside of the normal grids and action shots of how to draw muscular superheroes and delve into the intricacies of the art and craft, Visual Storytelling.




Please let me know what you think and if you have any favorites of your own. If I haven't read them yet I would LOVE to!

~Ray

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1 comment:

Mita said...

Hey ,
Like your nice story .