Alright, alright, so it’s been a few months since the last post. I have a few more books to recommend to beginning artists, especially those who also write their own stories for their art.

  1.  Making Comics by Scott McCloud. This reveals a good chunk of the relationship between writing a good plot and the art that supports it. This is actually how I was encouraged to dive deeper into the world of storytelling with illustrations. It also has great tips on graphic storytelling I wouldn’t have otherwise known.
  2. The DC Comics guide to Digitally Drawing Comics by Freddie Williams II I really enjoyed this as it gave both the positive and negative things about going all-digital with comics. As a web comic artist, this helped me take a step in that direction to save me some space and I wouldn’t be using so much paper for drafting each page up by hand.
  3. Stan Lee’s How to Write Comics. It’s pretty self-explanatory what this book is about. It gives a few different approaches to writing for comics, such as full scripting (details, character actions, based on the writer) plot scripting (Only the general plot is written down and then the artist works from that). It also provides a guide to putting a good portfolio together.
  4. The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics. (I’ve forgotten the authors of this book, so if anybody has that, let me know, please!) This is in good detail of how to ink in a few different styles, traditionally. However, some of the advice in this book can be applied to digital inking as well.
  5. The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. This covers a lot of material that I had found in Stan Lee’s book. If you cannot find a copy of his book, then I’d definitely see about finding this one. It is a bit more condensed, but still can be a good reference tool.

What about you? Do you have any art or writing books to recommend to beginning sequential artists?