I have been doing quite a bit of reading in the last few weeks on writing and art books, specifically for creating comics. I typically don’t recommend many reads, but the following is definitely a great list of books I would recommend any artist getting a start in drawing comics, and any aspect—the basic drawing of the figure, penciling, inking, lettering and even coloring.

  1. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way Stan Lee and John Buscema
  2. This book provides a lot of the basics of drawing in the form, studying the human body, how things function in comics action. It even has exercises on setting up pages.

  3. Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics
  4. This book tended to be somewhat of an updated version of the book I listed above. Although this one wasn’t quite as technical in the drawing sense, it also provided information on putting together a portfolio for each section of the comic-making process in addition to a brief history on sequential art. It only touches the surface of inking and coloring/color theory.

  5. Comics and Sequential Art Will Eisner
  6. I figured that it may be good to give this one a read since Eisner is one of the few who have majorly influenced sequential art. While it doesn’t have much technical drawing, it gives an excellent understanding of the form and helps to think more on how things are implemented in this visual story-telling.

  7. The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein
  8. An older, more comprehensive guide to coloring and lettering comics. This is especially useful since it helps explain digital coloring and why CMYK colors are preferred over RGB in printing.

I have a few more recommends that I haven’t listed here since I haven’t looked through them much yet. I will definitely have more to list (including books on writing—I am an artist wearing many hats, after all), in the weeks to come.

What about you? Do you have any books that you would recommend to beginning sequential artists?