Comic Book Illustration Vol. 1

Comic Book Pencilling with David Finch

Chapter List


In this first title of a series on comic book illustration techniques, David Finch takes you step-by-step through the processes he uses to create the highly detailed pencils of a comic book page. This lecture will lead you from the very basics of tube forms and page layouts to the finishing techniques of rendering and texturing an image. You'll also learn about the physical tools used by the artist to create various effects and backgrounds. This demonstration also gives you a first-hand look at the evolutionary process an artist undertakes in the conception and development of a new character, including the artist's thoughts and decision making, and how mistakes and design problems can be resolved when they arise.

Duration: 140 minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Chapter List

  • 00. Preview
  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Roughing in the Image
  • 03. The Girl, Part 1
  • 04. The Girl, Part 2
  • 05. The Horse
  • 06. Refining and Detailing
  • 07. Background

David Finch

Comic Book Illustrator

David Finch began his comic book career at the age of 22 at Top Cow Productions, part of Image Comics. There he created Ascension and Aphrodite IX, both of which were top sellers in the business, with Aphrodite IX debuting as the number one comic book in the industry. In 2001 he made the move to Marvel comics where his catalog of work included Call of Duty, Ultimate X-Men, Avengers Disassembled and The New Avengers. His run on Moon Knight skyrocketed this title into the main Marvel universe and landed him a top-five book which sold more than five times the title's previous release. David then turned his attention to working with Lost, Heroes and Smallville executive producer, Jeph Loeb, on Marvel’s smash hit Ultimatum. 2010 saw another major change in David’s career as his made the transition from Marvel Comics to DC Comics and the Warner Brothers banner. His artwork will be featured on the covers for the upcoming follow up to Darkest Night, entitled Brightest Day. In addition to his comic career, David has also worked in video games, music and film.

  • "Dave Finch is one of the most dynamic illustrators working in commercial art today. His amazing layouts, his unique character designs and his extraordinary flair to create exciting images are nothing but top flight. And it's fun... something that's incredibly difficult to pull off and he does so consistently."

    - Jeph Loeb
    Eisner Award winning writer Co-Executive Producer, Heroes