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Comic Book Layout and Pencilling with Alvin Lee

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In this DVD, comic book artist Alvin Lee explores the creation of two sequential comic book pages from script to finished pencils. He begins by dissecting the script through rough thumbnails, evaluating the pros and cons of each. He then lays out the two pages, discussing the importance of storytelling, character placement and readability in a sequential comic book layout. Next, Alvin shows how to prepare the layouts for light-boxing and sets up the final pages. He completes the demonstration discussing his pencilling techniques as he finishes the pencils with his own unique anime/manga influenced style.

  • Thumbnailing: variation and experimentation
  • Character expression and placement
  • Camera angles, readability and structure
  • Pencilling techniques
  1. Introduction
  2. Sequential Page Thumbnailing
  3. Camera Axis
  4. Full Bleed Thumbnailing
  5. Sequential Page Layout
  6. Full Bleed Layout
  7. Light-Boxing
  8. Border Placement
  9. Sequential Page: Character Detailing
  10. Sequential Page: Backgrounds
  11. Full Bleed: Character Detailing
  12. Full Bleed: Creature Detailing
  13. Full Bleed: Backgrounds
  • Product Code: ALE01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-883-2
  • UPC: 805366016814
  • Duration: 140 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-VIDEO

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  • NTSC
  • All Regions
  • Widescreen

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Alvin Lee

Comic Book Illustrator

In 1997, Alvin Lee began his comic book career at the tender age of 17 and is now a renowned veteran of the industry. Alvin is one of the few North American born comic book artists who is still presently involved in the anime/manga movement. He has worked with several comic book publishers including Marvel, DC/Wildstorm, Dreamwave Productions and most recently, Udon Comics and Entertainment. Some of the titles include Deadpool, Agent X, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Gen 13 and most notably his revival of the Street Fighter comic book series. His talent has also led to the game art of two Capcom videogame titles, Capcom Fighting Jam and the re-release of Street Fighter 2 Turbo for the Xbox 360.

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"Fun and punchy stuff. Alvin's style will knock your socks off and leave you with a smile."

- Mark Paniccia
Senior Editor Marvel Comics

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