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Noir is just as powerful in comics as it is in films: dark angles, shadowy, high contrast images, moody lighting, an anti-hero that struggles with moral conflicts: all these elements work to create a somber, dark tone. In How to Draw Crime Noir, Martinbrough walks the reader step-by-step through layout, thumbnails, staging the action and working with actual scripts. Martin Noir is just as powerful in comics as it is in films: dark angles, shadowy, high contrast images, moody lighting, an anti-hero that struggles with moral conflicts: all these elements work to create a somber, dark tone. In How to Draw Crime Noir, Martinbrough walks the reader step-by-step through layout, thumbnails, staging the action and working with actual scripts. Martinborough's art is cutting edge, has a 1940's vibe, but comes across contemporary, complelling, dramatic and urban. The book also contains twenty-two page original graphic novel, written and illustrated by Martinbrough. 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. Martinbrough’s 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.


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Noir is just as powerful in comics as it is in films: dark angles, shadowy, high contrast images, moody lighting, an anti-hero that struggles with moral conflicts: all these elements work to create a somber, dark tone. In How to Draw Crime Noir, Martinbrough walks the reader step-by-step through layout, thumbnails, staging the action and working with actual scripts. Martin Noir is just as powerful in comics as it is in films: dark angles, shadowy, high contrast images, moody lighting, an anti-hero that struggles with moral conflicts: all these elements work to create a somber, dark tone. In How to Draw Crime Noir, Martinbrough walks the reader step-by-step through layout, thumbnails, staging the action and working with actual scripts. Martinborough's art is cutting edge, has a 1940's vibe, but comes across contemporary, complelling, dramatic and urban. The book also contains twenty-two page original graphic novel, written and illustrated by Martinbrough. 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. Martinbrough’s 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.

30 review for How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Carroll

    I can barely draw a circle but I enjoy reading how to draw books to improve my appreciation of art drawn by people who can :). This book was really interesting, particularly its coverage of how the traditional noir concepts of shadow and contrast translate to the comics medium. lots of really clear examples to illustrate the principles.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric Cone

    This book is very cool to look at. But, I felt it was missing a good theory base for why we are doing something. Perhaps I am asking too much for a book on how to draw. But, I wanted more explanation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michela Cacciatore

    Un manuale molto semplice, adatto a chi è all'inizio. Le immagini accompagnate dal testo che spiega il perché di molte scelte dell'autore è sicuramente suggestivo anche per chi è ad un livello avanzato. A very simple manual, suitable for beginners. The images accompanied by the text that explains why the author's many choices is certainly suggestive even for those at an advanced level. Un manuale molto semplice, adatto a chi è all'inizio. Le immagini accompagnate dal testo che spiega il perché di molte scelte dell'autore è sicuramente suggestivo anche per chi è ad un livello avanzato. A very simple manual, suitable for beginners. The images accompanied by the text that explains why the author's many choices is certainly suggestive even for those at an advanced level.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Caulfield

    Excellent, concise break down of ink and narrative technique that applies to noir and comics in general. I only wish that there was elaboration on the 40s aesthetic commonly seen in noir (chracter design, style, etc.).

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Majerle

    Excellent instruction on effective techniques for black and white illustration.

  6. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Huneke

    OUTSTANDING!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (Picture source: parkablogs.com) Shawn Martinbrough has illustrated comics for DC Comics, Vertigo, and Marvel Comics, ranging from Batman, Superman, and X-Men, to King James, based on superstar athlete Lebron James. He's an accomplished artist and it's great he shares his tips on drawing noir comics with this book. Everything in the book is explained simply and clearly with lots of personal examples. He tries to address the many approaches to creating noir comics and does them well. For exampl (Picture source: parkablogs.com) Shawn Martinbrough has illustrated comics for DC Comics, Vertigo, and Marvel Comics, ranging from Batman, Superman, and X-Men, to King James, based on superstar athlete Lebron James. He's an accomplished artist and it's great he shares his tips on drawing noir comics with this book. Everything in the book is explained simply and clearly with lots of personal examples. He tries to address the many approaches to creating noir comics and does them well. For example when explaining the tools he used, he would talk on the type of ink to buy (fade and erase-proof), how to maintain them and choosing the right tools for the job. The main bulk of the book deals with comic creation specific to noir style. He explains the ways to create mood, lighting and texture to aid the story. And also touches the comic creation part like paneling, pacing, creating drama, choosing backgrounds, using references and more. All the examples included are well caption to emphasis the techniques reviewed. At the end of the book is a 16-page noir style graphic novel to show readers the finished product. This book is a great introduction to noir comics and serves as a great reference. You can view more of Shawn Martinbrough's work at Verge Entertainment, which is a company he founded with his partners. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Matthews

    This book was incredibly helpful. I've always been a fan of noir in film, and I never could really get a grasp on translating the look and feel of noir into comics. This book helped me understand noir a lot better, gave me some exercises to help improve my artwork. If you're wanting to become a great comic book artist (or just a great artist in general), I heavily recommend this book. This book was incredibly helpful. I've always been a fan of noir in film, and I never could really get a grasp on translating the look and feel of noir into comics. This book helped me understand noir a lot better, gave me some exercises to help improve my artwork. If you're wanting to become a great comic book artist (or just a great artist in general), I heavily recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Telan

    Good overview of the theory, use of white/dark, and viewing angles to create drama. As the author writes, he comes at noir comics from a movie perspective, which I'm still chewing on for creating dynamic action panels. Good overview of the theory, use of white/dark, and viewing angles to create drama. As the author writes, he comes at noir comics from a movie perspective, which I'm still chewing on for creating dynamic action panels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Roper

    pretty good book that emphasizes how to use blacks effectively. Definitely a good addition to your inspiration library.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alí Rendón

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aeros7

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucie Simpson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claudio

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tropo Alegro

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cormorants

  18. 5 out of 5

    matt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Oliver

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian Bohn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roger Boyes

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Inga Pflaumer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Juan Maestas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Alexander

  26. 4 out of 5

    Felix Carrion

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christian Torres

  29. 5 out of 5

    Booss Allen II

  30. 5 out of 5

    JS Wells

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