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Draw! #4 Summer 2002 (magazine review).

I know the cover of ‘Draw! #4’ was later used for ‘The Best of Draw!,’ which is sadly now out of print. However, I stumbled upon the original issue in a stack of comics I purchased, and it was too tempting not to explore. ‘Draw!’ rarely appears on auction websites, likely because artists who purchase it are reluctant to part with their copies.

In this issue, Erik Larsen discusses his various drawing techniques and how he keeps his work on ‘Savage Dragon’ fresh. After looking him up, I discovered that he’s still publishing the title, 21 years later, making it the longest-running comic series by a single individual.

Paul Rivoche offers insights into how to make any room or mode of transport appear functional, regardless of the era it was designed in. In the context of comic book continuity, I believe that if a room design is frequently used, it would be beneficial to create a map indicating the placement of objects. This would ensure consistency each time the room is drawn. However, given the capabilities of digital design, a 3D model could make the drawing process even more efficient.

Artist Kevin Nolan speaks with editor Mike Manley about his art techniques, supported by numerous demonstrations. Nolan both draws and inks his own work but also enjoys inking pieces by other artists he admires, as evidenced by a Batman piece he did over Bernie Wrightson’s pencils.

Andre Parks, also known as ‘The Crusty Critic,’ examines the various types of Bristol board available for artists. I recall reading this article before, and even purchased a couple of pads here in the UK. While the board has a smooth tooth ideal for drawing, it’s too costly to use for mere sketching or rough work.

Lastly, artist Brett Blevins delves into figure composition and how to make it work to your advantage. I must admit, extended panels filled with multiple characters can be a composition nightmare for me. Even when Blevins demonstrates how to manage it, his approach seems to contradict his earlier layouts on the topic.

Overall, there’s still much to learn, even 21 years later. These paper editions are treasures if you can get your hands on them.

GF Willmetts

August 2023

(pub: TwoMorrows Publishing. 94 page illustrated magazine. Price: $ 9.95 (US). ISSN: 1932-6882. Direct from them, you can get it digitally for $ 2.99 (US))

check out websites: www.TwoMorrows.com, www.draw-magazine.blogspot.com and www.penciltopencil.com and https://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=98_59&products_id=428

UncleGeoff

Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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