Comic Artist's Photo Reference Men And Boys Paperback – Oct 29 2008
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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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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!
The books do cover a lot of different poses/situations - fighting, flying, romance, weapons etc. I do feel they cover a good area for an artist but it doesn't cover every situation an artist might dream up(that would be an impossible task). One flaw is (imo) is the lack of some types of shots - for example pics taken from behind the model (regardless of category). Personally I wish the books had front, back, and sides of the main poses, if not for all poses in the books. Which brings me to the next (imo) flaw - the photos in the books are not on the accompanying cd - well not all of them. That should have been a no-brainer, but not having every photo in the books on the cd, (imo) cheapens the value of the package(books and cd) as a whole. I did enjoy the extra pics on the cd that aren't in the book. Those two flaws are the reason for the loss of star.
The big question is though can these books provide any help to an artist at all? Even though these books are showing their years, I believe they can(despite their shortcomings), no matter the skill level. If Mr.Scalera were to release a new series of photo reference books, I hope he would entertain the following insights:
In this day and age forgo the book format entirely. Make the books on DVD only - they are cheaper to produce and can hold a lot more info.
If you do make another book/dvd combo please make sure the dvd has all of the photos from the book.
How about a 360 degree model/pose on the dvd? I don't know how economical it would be for every pose on the disc but the addition of such would help.
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