Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Creating custom comic books and comic art

I’ve been creating custom comic books and comic art since I was in kindergarten.
I remember my first trip to the comic book stores, and purchasing my first comic book,
it was a Batman and Robin. My collection topped 5,000 books at one point.
I started drawing the characters creating my own comicbooks. It was fun to create my own original characters and stories.
Many characters I started collecting have been turned into comic book movies.
The Spiderman Movie franchise is one of the highest grossing films as of today.
The comic book community is always demanding popular books to be made into films.
Most of the comic book value today is based on the popularity of the character. Comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Superman and Batman will command a greater price since they are more collectable. The age of the book is also a factor. First appearances can also be valued higher as well. Original art such as comic book paintings for covers can be quite expensive. A good way to collect cover art is to purchase comic book prints of covers, these can be signed by the original artist. Comic book posters are an inexpensive way to collect art as well. Some people will have a framed comic book displayed on the wall, creating their own comic book gallery.
Comic book sketches are an alternative because these can cost a lot less than full blown inked art. Many of these are comic pencil art, quick sketches by the artist in order to work out ideas for stories.
The collected works of artists such as Neal Adams, John Buscema, or John Romita can be found in a sketch book art journal.
You can purchase these comic sketch art drawings at an online comic book store or a local comic book store. Comic book news publications publish many original art dealers. A comic book sale can have original and published art. Comic book illustration can be computer generated as well. Comic book illustrations by major artists have more value than a new artist on the scene.
Steve Nyman can create custom comic book art for you. Starting from a rough sketch to finished color art. Steve has been creating original art for 25 years.
Visit Steve's Website

Monday, May 5, 2008

Pencil Sketches of Faces

Pencil Sketches of Faces
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Darren_WK_Chow]Darren WK Chow

Why is drawing faces such a great challenge for so many artists? We know we have the image in our head, and often times in our hands in the form of a photo, but we just can't capture it on paper with our pencils.

Have that ever happened to you before? You start drawing a face to find that when you're done, it's nowhere near the person that you're trying to draw?

The problem is that all faces are a unique combination of a set of features. When we take these features apart, we see that there are hundred and one different features. We all have different lips, different noses, different eyes, different ears, different hair, and different face shapes.

And when all these different features come together, it makes the task more difficult for the artist to capture the visual resemblence on paper.

Also, we have to take note of the age of the face that we're drawing. If you're drawing babies, the best time to draw them is when their asleep. Because you can't have them moving around when you draw them.

When drawing babies, keep the drawing simple with few lines and only capture the features of the face.

If you're drawing a child, the features are more defined compared to those of a baby. So you'll have to lock in the features with stronger and darker lines. But the skin is still smooth and gentle. Try not to add to many lines to the face of a child.

Teenagers are young adults. You may approach drawing the face of a teenager in the same way as you would approach drawing the face of an adult. The key to drawing a mature face is to capture the essence of the face.

That means capturing the personality of the face. Some people have a confident look. Some have a shy look, and some have a mischievous look and so on. Try to capture that in your drawing.

Finally, remember not to draw all your faces to look like hollywood stars. Human beings do not look like plastic in real life. So keep your drawings realistic by including any details that make your drawing look more human.

Darren Chow is the founder and developer of MyArtPassion.com, an online website that offers free drawing lessons, home study courses, and other drawing related resources.
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