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#SketchbookSundays Week #23 – Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist – 07/03/2011 – 20/03/2011

March 06, 2011

Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist: How to Draw the New Streamlined Look of Action-Adventure Comics! (Amazon Affiliate Link)

For the last couple of weeks I have been working on my knowledge of anatomy, so that I can improve my drawing. My copy of Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist by Christopher Hart finally arrived in the post, so I am keen to try it out.

Christopher Hart explains the difference between the older traditional style and the new streamlined style of drawing comic book characters:

‘The traditional drawings are full of small, choppy lines, whereas the simplified drawings are created with clean, fluid lines: Everything extraneous to the form is omitted.
Just as important is the quality of the line itself; the simplified line tends to curve rather than break into sharp angles. The line bends without any abrupt changes of direction (sharp right angles, for example). And streamlined characters are highly stylized.’

So this week, I am going to re-draw the models I have done for the graphic novel I am working on, and see if I can apply these principles to my character designs.