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

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


By (author) Shawn Martinbrough

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  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 278mm x 16mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0823024067
  • ISBN 13: 9780823024063
  • Illustrations note: b/w illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 34,563

Product description

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.

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Author information

Shawn Martinbrough illustrates many DC and Marvel comics, including"Superman, Detective Comics, Batman," and "X-Men." Other clients include LucasArts, Playboy, and many others. In 2004, he was named one of "Washington, D.C.'s Best" by "TheWashingtonian." He lives in Washington, D.C.