The final volume of Will Eisner's celebrated instructional trilogy that includes Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative , this edition explores the critical principle of body grammar in comics storytelling. Designed and outlined by Will Eisner before his death in , this posthumous masterwork finally reveals the secrets of Eisner's own techniques and theories of movement, body mechanics, facial expressions, and posture: the key components of graphic storytelling. From his earliest comics, including the celebrated Spirit, to his pioneering graphic novels, Eisner understood that the proper use of anatomy is crucial to effective storytelling. His control over the mechanical and intuitive skills necessary for its application set him apart among comics artists, and his principles of body grammar have proven invaluable to legions of students in overcoming what is perhaps the most challenging aspect of creating comics. Buttressed by dozens of illustrations, which display Eisner's mastery of expression, both subtle and overt, Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative will benefit comics fans, students, and teachers and is destined to become the essential primer on the craft.
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Sort order. Sep 01, Rica March rated it it was ok Shelves: comics , technical. If you're looking for a book to teach you how to draw expressive comics, this ain't it. Eisner is a master of anatomy and as a study of his work it's good but aside from a chart of exercise challenges at the end of the book it's really not that helpful. It's also rife with stereotypes that remain unexamined, as well as pseudo-psychological ideas about emotions that aren't supported by science.
That the book is released posthumously probably doesn't help, but I'm honestly not sure what it would h If you're looking for a book to teach you how to draw expressive comics, this ain't it.
That the book is released posthumously probably doesn't help, but I'm honestly not sure what it would have looked like if he did manage to finish it himself. Maybe this would be good in teacher led studies, but on your own?
You're better off finding something else. Mar 20, Omar Mizdaq rated it liked it Shelves: , art , graphic-novels. Cobbled together from notes following Eisner's death and it shows. But Eisner was a master and this is at least a reminder of his supreme skill at expressing emotion in his characters through his mastery of gesture, facial expressions, and human anatomy.
I'll be checking out his other two since they were actually fully written by him. Jan 23, Peibols Beckham rated it liked it Shelves: comic. Mar 10, Parka rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics. More pictures at parkablogs. I bought the book to learn how to pose characters properly and create strong silhouettes.
I'm glad to say that this book provides tons of examples selected from Will Eisner's years of comics. Will Eisner started the book but unfortunately passed away in before he could fi More pictures at parkablogs. Will Eisner started the book but unfortunately passed away in before he could finish it. Enter Peter Poplaski, an artist who have worked long time beside him.
Peter Poplaski was engaged to add the finishing touches for the book with some additional drawings. The majority of art work is still from Will Eisner's archive. The first few chapters explain the anatomy and how it affects movement. It offers a basic introduction to the latter chapters and is definitely not a substitute for an anatomy book.
The core concept of the book is actually this: human actions come from reflex and emotions. The bulk of the book is devoted to showing examples of how certain feelings are express through body language and gesture.
Each example is clearly explained and exceptionally easy to understand. Even if speech balloons are taken away from the example comic panels, readers will still know how the characters are feeling. Such is the power of a strong silhouette. Included are also many other techniques to help breath life into characters, such as staging, composition, positioning of characters etc. This book is very useful for any artists who wants to create believable characters people can relate to.
This review was first published on parkablogs. There are more pictures and videos on my blog. Feb 18, Ted Henkle rated it it was amazing Shelves: writing , comics.
Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is the last of the instructional series trilogy written by Will Eisner. This was, by far, the quickest instruction manual I've ever read. That's because "Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative" is mostly composed of artwork illustrating--well--expressive anatomy.
In other words: How to convey emotions through facial expressions and body language. I was able to finish the book in one sitting, which is rare for me, even when reading graphic novels. Not Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is the last of the instructional series trilogy written by Will Eisner.
Even just having Eisner's complete instructional series is enough for me to start off by giving Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative a 4-star rating. But since it was so easy and entertaining to read, I'll bump up my rating to 5-stars.
Jan 11, Aaron rated it it was ok Shelves: textbook , film-studies. Relative to others in this collection, this item is woefully incomplete and a relative jumble.
Eisner passed before completing it on his own; and as a result, there are far too many chapters, far too little contextualizing, and little in the way of actually assessing the effectiveness of anatomy in comics. Very surface level, and inadequate at that.
Apr 20, David rated it liked it. Nicht das beste Buch der Trilogie, wohl auch, weil es teilweise nach Eisners Tod entstand. Dec 07, krad rated it it was ok. Explanations and descriptions of images were very surface-level and were paired with hit-and-miss drawings.
Best tentatively used as a visual collection of Eisner's drawings he was excellent at varied body shapes , and to ignore the text entirely. Mar 31, Chris Jones rated it it was ok Shelves: comics , Two stars for Eisner's beautiful drawings, but as an instructional book on anatomy it really isn't worth it.
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