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How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling
is an instructional book based on the cinematic, high contrast noir style of acclaimed comic book and graphic novel illustrator, Shawn Martinbrough.
Martinbroughs work has been published by DC Comics, Vertigo and Marvel Comics, illustrating stories ranging from Batman to the X-Men. This is his first book, released through Watson-Guptill Publications and The Nielsen Company.
In How to Draw Noir Comics, Martinbrough shows how the expert use of the color black is critical for drawing noir comics. He demonstrates how to set a mood, design characters and locations, stage action and enhance drama, and discusses important topics like page layout, panel design, and cover design.
How to Draw Noir Comics includes The Truce, an original graphic novel written and illustrated by Martinbrough which incorporates the many lessons addressed throughout the book, and has an introduction by critically-acclaimed novelist Greg Rucka, author of the graphic novel Whiteout, currently in production as a major motion picture.
Listen up, buddy. Here' s how it' s going to be, see? You' re going to draw noir comics. And you know what else? You' re going to draw them like a "pro," see? Like Shawn Martinbrough draws them, see? Martinbrough--he' s the master. He walks you around the mean streets of shadowy high-contrast images, stark camera angles, chiaruscuro lighting, everything you need to create a somber, moody tone and a conflicted, angry antihero. He takes you through the dark alleys of layout, thumbnails, creating mood, staging action, and working with actual scripts. More? You need more? Why you dirty little....look, there' s a fourteen-page original story, written and illustrated by Martinbrough. You want him to draw you a map? He' s drawn it, punk.
About the Author
illustrates many DC and Marvel comics, including
Superman, Detective Comics, Batman, and X-Men. Other clients include LucasArts, Playboy, and many others. In 2004, he was named one of "Washington, D.C.'s Best" by The
Washingtonian. He lives in Washington, D.C.