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Comic Artist's Photo Reference Men And Boys [Paperback]

Buddy Scalera
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Oct. 29 2008 Comic Artist's Photo Reference
Draw characters that leap off the page!

Whether the storyline calls for your character to perform incredible feats of strength, puts him in a shoot-out with the bad guys or hurls him across the page, Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Men and Boys will help you draw the perfect pose. With more than 1,000 high-quality photos to choose from, you’ll find the inspiration you need to give your heroes, villains, studs and other characters attitude and authenticity.

  • Four models with a range of ages and body types.
  • A wide variety of poses, from talking on the phone to flourishing a cape, copping an attitude, running, jumping and wielding weapons.
  • Specially lit poses for ultimate drama.
  • Hundreds of additional images and other bonus material included on companion CD-ROM!

This book provides essential reference for mastering every nuance of gesture, form and facial expression. It’s the next best thing to having real, live superheroes in your studio!

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Buddy Scalera, author of IMPACT's top-selling Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People and Poses, is a comic-book writer and publisher who is well connected with artists and others in the comics industry. His writing credits include issues in Marvel Comics' Agent X, Deadpool, Marvel Knights and X-Men series. He is an active self-promoter with marketing, journalism and web experience, who knows his way around the comic-industry news outlets.

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By Antonio
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This book is a good resource for comic artists and illustrators. Although when I bought it I was looking forward for the companion disk. They use to bring much more images and are more easy to browse than the physical book. The amount of angles, poses and situations is good and helpful but I was disappointed with the very low resolution images (72 dpi 900 pixels tall). They are good for general poses but if you are planning to draw a close up (a foot, a hand or a face detail) they are worthless.
They should put higher resolution images of the models there instead of a bunch of home photos of the author, his team and family.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Boys; All Men. April 5 2009
By Kay J - Published on Amazon.com
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I suppose this sounds a little bit odd - but I was sort of irritated by the misleading title? The youngest model is 18, which I suppose I at 20 would consider a young man rather than a boy. As someone who was illustrating a story that involved a younger boy, I was hoping for some good dynamic reference - of, well, a boy - like the title claimed.

The models range in age otherwise, but not so much in terms of build. It would also have been nice to see a few more for each age group rather than just the one model for each.

I appreciated it because it's definitely a reference for comic artists - lots of cool poses with interesting items; guns, swords, things you don't find in your run of the mill guide. The poses are dynamic and come up often in a typical action-based comic book.

So although I think it could have been better, it would be a lie to say I won't get a lot of good use out of it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource April 17 2009
By J. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Comic Artists Photo Reference since the beginning and this last edition in the series (this is the 3rd) did not disappoint. The book builds on the previous editions by adding different poses and a few different weapons and themes. And of course, the models are different as well. It follows the format of the earlier editions by providing 4 different sections with a different model in each - ages 18, 25, 37, and 44. The book crackles with energy and provides page after page of dynamic and energetic poses. The models stand out well from the backgrounds and overall the lighting has been done very nicely... sculpting the bodies and making them pop out 3-dimensionally. The accompanying CD is really nice as well and gives you hundreds of photos that you can put on your computer. One of the ways that I utilize this is to to use a slideshow format (in iphoto or any other program) and draw from the model with timed poses. You can work with a book like "The Natural Way to Draw" very easily this way if it's hard to hire a model or attend classes. This book is also really helpful when studying anatomy. I've used George Bridgeman, Burne Hogarth and others and I like to lay this book out next to what I'm studying to help give my studies depth and such. Some reviewers complained about the ages of the models. There's a great book called "Virtual Pose - Children and Teens - that covers this age group very well (although it lacks the dynamic qualities that Scalera is so good at capturing. Until Buddy Scalera does a book on just children (hint, hint:) Virtual Pose might suffice. But regardless, "Men and Boys" is a great book to add to your library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Men and Boys (Comic Artists Photo Reference) Nov. 16 2008
By Rickey Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
This is another fine product from author Buddy Scalera. He included a nice assortment of models and the poses are very useful. Since I've purchased Scalera's previous books, I knew what to expect, and I wasn't disappointed. This book will be used often.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have reference for comic artists Feb. 15 2009
By Martin Joseph Hennigan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for anybody who likes to draw comics.As you illustrate stories youll find this book lacks photos of people doing things besides fighting.However action is the most important part of comic books and so this book is integral.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scrap file on steroids May 6 2010
By Stephen Rustad - Published on Amazon.com
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Old time storyboard and comp artists - as well as many illustrators - used to maintain a "scrap file." In case that term is new to you, it meant that they collected photos, tear-sheets and clipped-out pages of magazines to use as reference for illustration assignments. Few artist's can draw a convincing, realistic, image straight from their imagination, so having a handy reference saves much time and frustration. Of course you can stage your own photos as did many famous illustrators, but doing so takes time. Fortunately, Buddy Scalera and his intrepid crew took the time and the result is a stellar collection of carefully staged, and professionally lighted images. Please note that these are not static poses, but artfully composed action images of models leaping, wrestling, fighting, and using weapons. To make the fighting scenes accurate Mr Scalera retained a martial-arts expert. As you might guess, the target audience for book is mainly people drawing for action-oriented comic books or storyboard artists. I have three of these volumes: the other two are Women and Girls, and People and Poses. One final note, these are tasteful books. Mr Scalera had all of the models post in tight-fitting workout clothes. "Tight-fitting" not to please the voyeurs, but to allow the illustrators to capture as much of the musculature as decorum would permit.
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