The top two things I like to do the most are draw and read comic books.
Hachette Book Group/Quarto Publishing Group must have been
reading my mind because it sent five books that feed my desire to draw and read
comic book courtesy of several of its imprints.
DC Comics introduced
superheroes to comic books beginning with the introduction of Superman in
Action Comics #1 in the year 1938.
Not too long afterwards
Batman and Wonder Woman soon took their places on magazine racks.
A plethora of copycats inevitably
sprung up from other publishers anxious to cash in on the superhero comic book
In 1941 when the United
States entered WWII it seemed a natural fit that superheroes would play a
pivotal role in the war effort. Superheroes
became so identified with the war that after the Allied victory in 1945
superheroes began to fall out of favor with the general public which was desperately
trying to put the war behind them.
But, during the heydays
of the war Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were in the thick of the action and
their respective comic books sold in the millions.
Chartwell Books presents
a colorful trio of books dedicated to the war years of Superman, Batman and
Wonder Women containing 20 classic tales each pulled from the DC Comics' vault
spanning the years 1938 to 1945.
Writer Roy Thomas
(longtime comic book scribe) has compiled three marvelous, hardbound
collections in full-color of the earliest adventures of the DC Trinity of
covers complemented by spot varnish action scenes spotlight the three heroes.
Inside each book are
stories of their war efforts from fighting spies and saboteurs here at the home
front to battling the evil forces of Axis Powers overseas.
This is where superheroes
earned their stripes and became the instantly recognizable icons of pop culture
we know and love today.
Any die-hard comic book
fan is sure to want these three outstanding books for their collection.
Recently the drawing bug
has bit me again after having taken time off from my drawing table the past
year. Once bitten by the drawing bug it
is hard to shake.
As an artist and designer
I hunger for how to draw, paint or design new things and to improve those things
I feel most comfortable with when I sit down at my drawing table.
I often mentioned to my high
school art students when I was teaching that art is the only occupation that is
based on failure. Simply meaning that
each drawing, painting or design urges artists to push on and create something
even better. It is a constant learning
From Walter Foster's
Drawing Made Easy series comes Lifelike Heads: an excellent resource by Lance Richlin
than offers a step-by-step series of illustrations created to help artists master
drawing human heads-both male and female.
Beginning with simple
shapes the series explores eyes, mouths, face shapes, shading and so much
more. It's a great first step in
mastering the art of drawing human heads.
Thom Taylor, Lisa Hallett
and Motorbooks Studios tackles high-tech with their marvelous new book called
How To Draw Cars Like A Pro 2nd Edition.
I'm excited about this
book. I've often found it difficult to
draw things mechanical and I'm anxious to take what I learn from this book and apply
it to my drawings.
From simple shapes,
perspective, light and shadow, color, exteriors, interiors, cutaways to using
computers to render car designs this book has it all!
I can hardly wait to