Book recommendations (craft, technique)
I just bought Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre and dumped six pages of art I spent last week drawing and started over. Already my results are better. The sub-title is Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers, and that sums it up nicely. Generously illustrated with Mateu-Mestre's masterfully relaxed pen and brush drawings, the five chapters start with some general notes, moves onto single panel composition, composing shots for a purpose, composing for continuity, and finally addresses the graphic novel. While most of the book focuses on visual design for animation, the lessons apply very well to comics. He doesn't speak much about how comics work between panels, that is, what happens in the gutters; Scott McCloud is much better on that. Instead he shows how composition for storytelling purposes, especially with respect to light and shadow, works within a drawing. I know of no other book quite like this, and his drawing will leave you unsatisfied with your own work.