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A fine collection of books filled with instruction, tips, tricks of the trade, model poses and advanced techniques relating to comics and cartoons.

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  1. SKETCHING FROM THE IMAGINATION SCI-FI

    Regular Price: $29.99

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    The humble sketch is the foundation of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image—but rarely are sketches celebrated like they deserve to be for their power to explore, inspire, and entertain. Here fifty talented traditional and digital artists, ranging from industry legends to talented up-and-comers, share their sketches and reveal the ideas, inspirations, and techniques behind their creative processes. From doodles of robots and aliens to concept designs for spaceships, speculative life-forms, and invented worlds. Learn More
  2. SKETCHING FROM THE IMAGINATION: CHARACTERS

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    Sketches and drawings are the foundations of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image. In Sketching from the Imagination: Characters, fifty talented artists share their sketches, inspirations, and approaches to creating characters. This book is a visually stunning collection packed with useful tips and creative insights—an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities. And a visual feast of creative talent unleashed, fresh and fun artwork for artist or art fan. Learn More
  3. DRAWING AND LIFE LESSONS FROM MASTER CARTOONISTS

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    An unparalleled book, the very first of its kind. Taken from uber-rare, never-before reprinted cartooning courses with expert teachings from cartooning’s rock stars: Peanut’s Charles Schulz, Little Nemo’s Winsor McCay, Superman’s Joe Shuster, Flash Gordon’s Alex Raymond, Terry and the Pirates’ Milton Caniff, Betty and Veronica’s Dan DeCarlo, Prince Valiant’s Hal Foster, Barney Googles’ Billy Debeck, Plastic Man’s Jack Cole, Gasoline Alley’s Frank King, Popeye’s E.C. Segar et al. Learn More
  4. THE SKETCHBOOK OF LOISH Art in Progress
    $34.99

    Following the success of her first art book, Loish returns with an inspiring book dedicated to her beautiful b&w and full color sketches with an emphasis on cute young women, from figure studies to handsome fantasy pieces. Also here are guys, animals, landscapes and offbeat subjects like fantasy animals, faeries, even doodles. A unique look into Loish’s creative processes and idea generation, accompanied by her own comments. Discover how she explores gesture, stylization, and sketching for animation. Learn More
  5. SKETCHING FROM THE IMAGINATION Dark Arts

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    Sketching and drawing are fundamental to creating great art; the simple doodle is often where artists first bring their ideas and concepts to life. In Sketching from the Imagination: Dark Arts, fifty talented traditional and digital artists showcase work, 6 pages for each, from their sketchbooks, share inspiration, and give insight into how they create imaginative and dark illustrations. Featuring a range of artwork and artists from many fields, from concept design and animation to illustration and comic art. We like this, one of our favorites in this series. Learn More
  6. MONSTERS OF THE IMAGINATION Amazing Creature Designs by Global Artists
    $35.00

    The stuff of nightmares, monsters have haunted the human psyche for millennia, cropping up in all cultures through our stories and myths, in three-dimensional and graphic representations. This hold has not diminished as newer technologies keep evolving to visually render them faster and with increased nuance for a variety of applications from games and animation to film characters. The diverse work of 30 world-renowned creature designers who share their inspiration, choice of materials and techniques with the readers. The chapters include Digital Painting, Traditional Hand Drawing, 3D Modeling and Rendering, and Sculpture. Embrace the horror... Learn More
  7. DRAWING DARK FANTASY Creating Monsters, Madness, and All Manner of Nightmarish Imagery

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    A basic book, good for beginning and intermediate artists, step-by-step illustrations of how to draw the creatures and fantasy scenes. Built around a 20-page core of the basics—materials, the figure, perspective, light, and color—this book then explains techniques and approaches for creating eight supernatural creatures including a dragon, a sea monster, a werewolf, a vampire, and other beastly beings. With many illustrations, this takes you from thumbnails to pencil rough to tight pencils, then adding color and finishing. Learn More
  8. FANTASY WORLD-BUILDING A Guide to Developing Mythic Worlds and Legendary Creatures
    $24.95

    One of the most creative comics artists in fantasy puts together a superlative collection of art--and instruction. When artists and designers explore or create a fictional setting, the milieu must be completely fleshed out, explained, and designed. In this book, comic and gaming art veteran Mark A. Nelson explores and demonstrates his methods for fashioning visually stunning, believable environments for fantasy creatures and characters. Scores of images and step-by-step examples illustrate how variation and experimentation lead to fresh, original designs for otherworldly beings, their environments, and their stories. Learn More
  9. THE KNOW-HOW OF CARTOONING

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    This classic guide by a master animator and cartoonist — and long time Disney artist — is now available for the first time since its original publication in 1946. Author Ken Hultgren instructs by example in a guide that's suitable for beginners and advanced students alike. The comprehensive range of instruction covers features and expressions, animals, foreshortening, perspective, lettering, caricature, animation, and more. All subjects include step-by-step guides, several examples, and helpful hints and suggestions. Learn More
  10. THE COMIC BOOK ARTIST'S WORKBOOK Perspective Signed
    $21.99

    Aspiring comic book artists and storytellers will thoroughly enjoy this book! Seasoned author and art teacher Daniel Cooney shows readers how to draw credible perspective from any point of view for convincing backgrounds, and their relationships with the characters that inhabit them. This instructional book works like a journal filled with exercises for creating scenes in the context of storytelling. Practical demonstrations and interactive workbook grids to complete show readers how to enjoy the process as they develop their drawing mechanics and storytelling "chops." Learn More

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