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“Put on the whole armor of God…because your struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and with authorities and with the possessors of this dark world and with the evil spirits that are under heaven.” Spiritual warfare. It has been a reality since before man has existed on this planet, but for fifteen year old Martin Taylor, it’s about to become real in a way he hadn’t anticipated. The spiritual warrior that he is in the spiritual world is suddenly crossing over into his physical reality and now Martin’s got to find out why God has granted him this seemingly unique ability.

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Learn To Draw

I am often asked at conventions how I learned to draw. While I did study drawing in college, the truth is I really learned a lot from studying a few great books. So I have put together a recomended reading list so that you too can unlock your own ability to draw. So make WebComics and have fun!

How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema

How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way

by Stan Lee and John Buscema

I got this book for Christmas when I was 12 years old. It catapulted me into a love of drawing WebComics. What a great book this is. It is written in a way that will grip the attention of younger readers while the material covered will still be beneficial to more advanced students. With this book you will learn some basic rules of human proportions. It will teach you how to build complex images with basic shapes. And you will gain a solid understanding of linear perspective. This is a great book to start with.

Dynamic Anatomy

by Burne Hogarth

I had this book on the shelf for a long time. I pulled it out when I got serious about being better at drawing. When asked where I learned drawing I will often tell people "I went to Burne Hogarth school." He is an excellent teacher of anatomy for artists. This book looks at each part of the body in detail. It begins by defining the basic shapes of the body. Then the muscle masses and bone structures are covered in detail. A persistent study of this book will unlock an amazing ability to draw people for you.

Dynamic Figure Drawing

by Burne Hogarth

Another great book from "the Burne Hogarth school." This one explains how to add depth to your figure drawings. Learn how to use overlapping shapes, interconnecting lines, and keep things in proportion as your people move through space.

Dynamic Wrinkles And Drapery

by Burne Hogarth

I must admit that wrinkles were a bit of a mystery to me before I read this book. The truth is that wrinkles are predictable. They happen for a reason. This book spells out those reasons for you in a very clear fashion. A must read if you want to draw people with clothes on.

Drawing The Human Head

by Burne Hogarth

This book is all about proportions, specifically the proportions of the head. This will teach you how to draw the head from all different angles and how to move the head. Hogarth's focus is on the proportions that are common to all people. I wish the book talked more about drawing teeth. Otherwise this is a great book to learn from. The challenge is to keep these proportions in place as you make your people look different.

Drawing Dynamic Hands

by Burne Hogarth

Hands are hard to draw so don't get too frustrated. Fortunately this book will teach you the proportions of hands and how they move. While Hogarth devotes a chapter to drawing hands in his book "Dynamic Anatomy," this book covers them in much greater detail.

Dynamic Light And Shade

by Burne Hogarth

This book is about how light and shadow can be used to describe form. You will learn how to draw people in different types of light. A great book about drawing. I do not recommend that you begin your journey into learning to draw with this book, but I highly recommend that your journey bring you here eventually.

Understanding Comics

by Scott McCloud

I have loved WebComics for a long time. I studied art in college. I thought I knew what WebComics were all about until I read "Understanding Comics." Scott McCloud does an excellent job of explaining how visual storytelling works. He illustrates how visual storytelling is a unique art form that has a legitimate place in the larger history of art. If you want to make WebComics like a professional this book is a must read.

Making Comics

by Scott McCloud

Making WebComics is about more than just drawing people. It is telling a story. "Making Comics" is a great book about visual storytelling. While this book covers some of the same territory as "Understanding Comics," the emphasis here is on making the WebComics. Scott McCloud offers valuable insights for the creator that go above and beyond his earlier book. Learn about the integration of images and words, how panel transitions enable reader participation, and how the use of panels affect time. All aspects of visual storytelling are covered.

Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way

by Richard Starkings

Always learn from the professionals and Comicraft certainly meets that description. This is a solid and practical book on lettering for WebComics. Richard Starkings explains everything from fonts to word balloons. It even takes you step by step through Adobe Illustrator to create the great lettering effects we have become accustomed to seeing in WebComics.

The Art Of Comic Book Inking

by Gary Martin

I used to be frustrated with how my art looked after I had done the inking but I had no idea why. Gary Martin's book on inking helped me to understand what I was missing and set me on a path to improving my work. What a gift that is. In this book you will learn how to use varying line weights to set your characters apart from their surroundings. It will teach you to create depth and to describe light and shadow.

DC Comics Guide To Coloring

And Lettering Comics

by Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein

This is a very straight forward and practical guide to coloring and lettering WebComics. Very informative. The chapters on coloring do a great job of teaching how to use color to make your characters pop off the page. It also describes how to define a mood while maintaining continuity within a scene. The chapters on lettering are great instruction for creating your own WebComic font. An excellent how to book.

Digital Prepress For Comic Books

by Kevin Tinsley

So you have made your art and want to send it off to the print shop. The sad news is that your art can look great in original form but terrible when printed if things are not done properly. This is the book you need to get good results from the print shop. Printing is very technical. Digital Prepress For Comic Books will teach you about the printing process and how to pull the whole project together. Learn how to get good scans of your art, manage ink saturation, and avoid the numerous pitfalls of a bad print run. This is a very technical book. It is also a must have if you plan to print your WebComic.

 

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Learn To Draw

Recommended reading for the aspiring WebComic creator.

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Creator News

Portable Vision

The original art from Spiritman - Issue 2 will be on display at the Portable Vision gallery in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Learn more about the show at www.portablevision.org

Paul's Vision

The word on the street is that Paul is getting new glasses. What will be the result of this shocking development? Maybe he will realize what he's actually been doing all this time and make some changes. Probably not. It is much more likely that he will just make another WebComic.

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Valid Update

by Scott A Snyder

The second and final prologue of "Valid" has been added to the site. I'm not sure if I'm going to add full chapters from here on out, or just a few pages at a time.

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Deeper 16: The 5th Commandment

by Scott A Snyder

So then, given that the order of these commandments is given by YHWH and they are precisely placed where He wanted them to be, does it cause anybody else to pause and wonder why this commandment comes before, You shall not murder?

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