Archive for category Series: How to Draw … Style

How To Draw Superheroes || Andy Fish

I was rather lukewarm about this series when the first titles appeared, mainly because the approach was a little superficial and didn’t go into much detail. I suggested they were the sort of book you’d buy for someone else rather than yourself.

I still stand by that general judgement, but there have been several more titles since then and I’m beginning to see the point of it. I still think you won’t learn a great deal but, if you know nothing to start with, then a general and maybe not too adventurous introduction is no bad thing.

Don’t buy this blind, but have a look and see if you think it offers you enough to be worth the purchase price. If it does, you may find yourself well-pleased and you can write and tell me how wrong I was.

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How to Draw Supernatural Style || Andy Fish

This addition to the How to Draw … Style series falls into the realm of fantasy art, on which I declare myself unqualified to comment. From that perspective, I can say that it appears to have all the elements and there are some simple demonstrations and exercises that should flex your drawing muscles nicely.

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How to Draw Graffiti Style | Kevin ‘Astek’ Fitzpatrick

OK, so here’s a book that could struggle to find friends! Given the recent conviction of a tagger for over-enthusiastic use of the spray can (I don’t think that was the actual charge), if you want to practise this art-form, it’s probably best to keep it in the family or use prepared surfaces.

If it’s your thing, though, there’s plenty of advice and examples here that should get you going, from basic techniques through preliminary work, the development of characters, colours and, if you fancy yourself as the next Banksy, stencilling.

The cover blurb says, “you’ll be an urban art aficionado in no time” and who am I to argue with that?

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How to Draw … Style

How to Draw Tattoo Style || Andy Fish & Veronica Hebard
How to Draw Graphic Novel Style || Andy Fish
How to Draw Manga Style || Ilya-San & Yahya El-Droubie
How to Draw Fantasy Style || Scott Altmann

I’m going to review these as a series because they’re all from the same stable (the packager Quintet, who generally specialise in quite elementary books) and have a broadly similar approach.

The cover blurbs imply that each of them is pretty much the complete guide to their subject and that they’re all you need to master drawing in the style covered. Well, yes, up to a point. The problem is that, although they all give some useful background material and ideas, this is about where the good bit leaves off. The “how to do it” sections are more or less reduced to a description of the sort of things that are possible and some sample illustrations. True, there are a few step-by-steps, but they hardly amount to any kind of coherent progression and certainly wouldn’t form a complete guide that would enable you to master the subject.

If you were buying a book for someone else, perhaps someone who had expressed a mild interest, you might think that these were good value. However, if you have a serious interest and you’re looking for something to get you started or to give you a reasonable amount of ideas, look elsewhere. “Superficial”, that’s the word I’m looking for.

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