My favorite Illustrators from “Making Comics” by Scott McCloud


Making Comics by Scott McCloud



This is a list of Illustrators that caught my eye in the awesome book “Making Comics” by Scott McCloud which I read recently and is full of important information if you are a self-taught illustrator or comic artist so I definitely recommend you to check it out.

This list is in no particular order, although I like the ones marked with (*) and really liked the ones marked with (**):


  • Colleen Doran – Illustrator and comic artists, art similar to Mucca but missing perspective studies
  • P. Craig Russell – American comics artist, writer, and illustrator. Retro realistic, colors, much, fantasy.
  • Katsuhiro Otomo* – is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director.
  • Derek Kirk Kim – Korean-American writer, director, and artist. 
  • Amy Kim Ganter – American author and illustrator of original English-language manga.
  • Kazu Kibuishi – American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is best known for being the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight.
  • Svetlana Chmakova** – Russian-Canadian comic book artist. 
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley**Canadian cartoonist, best known for the Scott Pilgrim series.
  • Hergé** – Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin.
  • Albert Uderzo – Alberto Aleandro Uderzo was a French comic book artist and scriptwriter. He is best known as the co-creator and illustrator of the Astérix series in collaboration with René Goscinny.
  • Mœbius** – Jean Henri Gaston Giraud was a French artist, cartoonist and writer. https://characterdesignreferences.com/artist-of-the-week-3/moebius
  • Tardi – Jacques Tardi is a French comics artist.
  • François Schuiten is a Belgian comic book artist. He is best known for drawing the series Les Cités Obscures.
  • Tove Jansson – Swedish-speaking Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. 
  • Winsor McCay** – American cartoonist and animator. (Very good wikipedia)


Also I recommend you to check https://characterdesignreferences.com/home where you can find art from some artists down below.


Now some examples of their art (all the art presented here belongs to their respective artist):

P. Craig Russell

Katsuhiro Otomo

Derek Kirk Kim

Amy Kim Ganter

Amy Kim Ganter

Kazu Kibuishi

Svetlana Chmakova

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Hergé

Hergé

Uderzo

Mœbius

Mœbius

Tardi

Tardi

Schuiten

Schuiten

Tove Jansson

Windsor McCay

Windsor McCay

My second stationery haul from my trip to Philly

Hi beautiful you!

There are four amazing stores that I visited in Philly:

  1. Philly’s AIDS thrift @ Giovanni’s room (Very curated thrift store)
  2. Atomic City Comics (Comic store)
  3. Omoi Zakka Shop (Stationery boutique and pen shop like Goods for the Study here in NYC)
  4. Kitchen Kapers (kitchen and food supplies) 
Where I got multiple items:
(No. 1) Giovanni’s room was a very cool thrift store with records, books, magazines, comics, etc.

In Giovanni’s room I bought 2 books (top) and 2 comics (bottom):

In (No. 2) Atomic City Comics I got two graphic novels:

In (No. 3) Omoi Zakka Shop 

I got a notebook and wash tape:

Finally, in Kitchen Kapers I got potato chips bag clips and hot chocolate sticks (I can’t wait to prepare it):

These were all the goodies I got. What do you think?
Hope you enjoy, let me know if you have any questions about these items.
Paola

Kinokuniya: The Japanese store you have to visit in New York City

Yesterday, I went to Kinokuniya and I remembered I had to tell you about this little jewel in the middle of Manhattan.

This is a Japanese store located in front of Bryan Park in New York City (there are also other locations around the world and the US). 

They sell in store and online:

  • Manga (Japanese and English) and Comics.

  • Art Books (English and Japanese)
  • Books in general (English and Japanese)

  • Magazines (Japanese)
  • Japanese Stationery
  • and a variety of gifts

Finally, I just wanted to let you know that they offer a membership where you get 10% discount in every purchase and a gift card when you buy $300 and special promotions like the one that is happening right now:

Have you visited it? Let me know if you knew about this store.

Love,
Paola

This weekend’s books: The Rose of Versailles, Same Different, Anya’s Ghost

This weekend I finished these three books:

  1. The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
  2. Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
  3. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

I have been trying to improve my drawing skills and part of it is to find the styles that I feel the most connected to so I can analyze the way that different authors solve problems when drawing, for example, values for backgrounds or what angles would be the best to describe a scene. 

The Rose of Versailles is a manga from the 70s that has surpassed time and now is a classic. The way that the writing and the illustrations connect creates a story in which you can easily get lost.

The Rose of Versailles (Cover)

The Rose of Versailles (Back)

The Rose of Versailles (Interior)

The Rose of Versailles (Interior)

In Same Difference what I love is his drawing style and the story. It’s so close to real life and the way I see the world, sometimes it’s not easy to find this in other comics or manga, that’s why I liked it. It’s a view of reality when I was 20.

Same Difference (Cover)

Same Difference (Back)

Same Difference (Interior)

Same Difference (Interior)

In Anya’s Ghost I love the story and the way Vera use camera angles, the use of values in a white and black scheme and how she solved lines and colors for the ghost. I just love it.

Anyas’s Ghost (Cover)

Anyas’s Ghost (Back)

Anyas’s Ghost (Interior)

Anyas’s Ghost (Interior)

I enjoyed sharing this so much, I hope you like it too.

Do you have any other recommendations?

Paola