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Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick-Ass Comic Art [Paperback]

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Kick-start your comic book career!

In the comic book industry, cookie-cutter artists just don't cut it. In this book, professional comic book artist Tom Nguyen shows you how to make your work stand out from the masses: Populate your world with convincing heroes, villains and citizens ... Pump-up the drama with perspective, page design and other powerful techniques ... And, ultimately, put it all together to tell kick-ass, action-packed stories!

You'll learn how to:

  • draw pumped-up dudes and hot babes, with muscles and curves in all the right places.
  • dress `em in killer costumes and everyday outfits, complete with hairstyles and accessories.
  • round out your cast with punks, grandmas, kids, melon heads and other supporting characters.
  • draw blood-curdling sneers, dagger eyes, and other expressive facial features.
  • use gesture sketches to establish pose and action.
  • get creative with poses, camera angles, perspective, and page layout for maximum drama and efficient storytelling.
  • follow the step-by-step process of bringing two scripts to life, from thumbnails to finished inking tips.
Illustrated with dos, don'ts, and tons of step-by-step instruction, this is a real-world guide to the skills you need to make it as a comic book artist. Armed with these inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, you'll be more than just another good artist, but a bona fide, super-hero-style storyteller!

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Impact
Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 1.25"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2007
Publisher   Impact
ISBN  1581809468  
ISBN13  9781581809466  
UPC  035313643002  

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More About Tom Nguyen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Nguyen is a full-time freelancer, primarily for DC Comics, but other clients include Marvel Comics, "Wizard Magazine", Upper Deck Entertainment and others. Along with artist Doug Mahnke, he has produced two DVDs: "The Tom Nguyen Style of Comic Book Inking" and "The Doug Mahnke Style of Comic Book Penciling". Tom Nguyen has also written "Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen" (IMPACT 2007).

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > Drawing
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Cartooning
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Drawing > General

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Awesome  Jun 30, 2008
Seriously the best "how to" drawing book I've seen thus far. I've seen ones that are simply: "How to draw a vampire girl, how to draw a bad pirate guy" and are below the level of technique the buyer is looking for. Then there are the really complicated ones that are not easy to understand without basics. This book is just perfect in so many ways because it teaches you the basics of anatomy in a way that's understandable and comprehensive.
High Energy Level "How To" Book is a Fabulous Way to Get Started Drawing Comics!  Feb 18, 2008
The "Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick Ass Comic Art" delivers!
Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen is fantastic for tons of reasons! First, it gets you excited and pumped to draw. As a bodybuilder himself, Tom clearly understands how bodybuilders' minds work and utilizes that psychology when he readies his readers for getting going on lessons of how to draw comics. I was excited (Pumped!) by reading his book before I even tried to draw anything -- It gives you the sense that YOU can do it, and it helps you understand what is important in an easygoing, humorous, yet, I repeat, charged-up manner. Be your own Superman, or Superwoman! Draw it yourself, with Tom's help! How does Tom do this? As an author myself, I am not sure I know, but he does it really well.

What I particularly like is that, because he is a bodybuilder, he can deliver through his drawings accurate renditions of anatomy. Before you learn to play the piano, you have to learn your scales. Before you learn to draw comics, you have to study the human form. As a bodybuilder, Tom knows every muscle, every part of the body. He delivers his information in a fun and interesting way so that the beginning artist (who is also told what tools he or she will need) can have that crash course in drawing which begins this book. An essential.
As you progress along, you begin to enjoy his sense of humor (I would read this book just for that alone!) as well as the lessons you are learning. A big part of his teaching style involves as many "don'ts" as "do's", which, because he is so fun, is an easy way to understand how to correct common mistakes you might make while drawing. For example, in a small section which is a part of "Drawing Stud Muffins and Real Bad Dudes", entitled "Dial M", he has explained that one way to view the trap muscles is to see them as forming the shape of an M. On the other hand he has a "Don't" with that, and illustrates it, with an alarmed looking dude sporting a little bitty M on his back, not at all correctly proportioned.
On the next page, we see the "Do" -- the guy's back muscles are "aesthecially pleasing", as Tom says! There is a lot of action on all the pages: suited to comics. For example, above what I just described is a full-on view of a back where the author has explained the "Christmas tree" shape manner of drawing the erector mucles in the lower back of a guy wearing little pink lacy briefs with hearts on them. haha. I wanted to draw that immediately. I don't care, I'm saying it! Same page: a hot babe saying "Hey, nice sssssspine!" to a half turned he-man, accompanied by an explanation of how to draw a more dynamic picture by rotating your character into a half turn.The "s" for spine is the way to remember this. Tom is not wasting our time with his drawings or information.

This is just part of the first section: I gave you an in depth on a tiny bit. We learn to draw "studs", and then how to draw "babes" : their hair (even "what hair says"!--I would hate to think what mine is saying)!, faces, breasts, total bodies, everything. These are the gorgeous super girls you see in bikinis with the high hips, flat stomachs and fine chests...he has his "do's" and "don'ts" going strong here as well and it is very informative and amusing, the way he explains it. This guy is a famous judge in pin up competitions in his spare time. He knows what he is talking about. Yet he wastes no space. I think this is due to the fact that he is a comic book inker (among many other things), and the book reflects this.
That was just part one: your crash course in drawing. If you followed, step by step, chapter by chapter, you would end up at part four, which is "Your Own Kick-Ass Comics". Now doesn't that sound fine? Just follow this through, and practice. You obviously have to love comics (I have a son who loves comics who is getting this as a gift from me -- he is a total comic book freak) and it makes a great gift for anyone who does. It is printed on really nice paper, it's a fine high quality book in every aspect, it's terrific and fun to read; I thoroughly recommend it. Get it! It's GREAT! Incredible Comics RULES!
It's not all so easy.  Nov 21, 2007
This book was a change in pace for me. There are plenty of focused fine art books covering anatomical approaches to drawing and then there's the glut of "I want to draw comics" titles. Tom has found the balance here, humor with a focused approach to the development of whatever natural abilities you have. A great book... highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn how to be the best from the best. Not at all gay.
Fun High Octane Sizzle That's All Too Brief...  Oct 9, 2007
There's a plethora of how-to comic book drawing titles out there and far too many are worthless, I've seen more than my fair share. Not to worry, Nguyen's effort is far from the bottom of the barrel. This work is a fair blend of humor with quickly crisp examples of what to and not to do.

The rather fast-pacing of this title belies a simple and unfortunate fact, that it's all too brief. There's a good bit of ink devoted to muscle groups and how they should be drawn. However, much of the book whips past in a jack-of-all trades master of none manner. I have seen each and every concept in this book conveyed in other books with more depth, detail and instruction.

For parents considering this title for their young artists, there are a few drawings of bare female breasts. It's nothing that's salacious or out of context with anatomical drawing (or any number of manga books for that matter) but I know a good many parents would rather their kids not be exposed to such artwork.

All said, given Nguyen's obvious talent and engaging style... I wish this book was more thorough than topical. It may whet the appetite for some just starting out but there really is better to be had elsewhere.
Finally!  Aug 26, 2007
i'm an aspiring artist and have lots of drawing books. This ones so different and the drawings are so good and funny. i know this guys work from the comics too, he is good! This teaches you lots of diffrent things you dont see in alot of the other books like each muscle parts and different types of people. and the pics of tom nguyen and the girls are funny too!

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