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I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is an indispensable tool for comic fans, artists and enthusiasts to practice drawing comics.

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THE BOOK

The I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is the ultimate tool for practicing the basics of Comic Book illustration, page design and the art of storytelling.  We've designed the ultimate Comic Book Artist Field Guide by combining commonly used industry reference materials and 100+ sketching templates into a ubiquitous and iconic molelskine sketchbook form.

By providing valuable Comic Book Industry background information and commonly used Comic Book terminology, no one is starting from scratch when learning with the I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide.

THE TEMPLATES

The beauty of the I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is that it gives you the ability to immediately apply what you've learned in the provided "Non-Photo Blue" templates.  Not only do they help you along as you improve your grasp of proportion and perspective, but you can scan your sketch into Photoshop and with minimal tweaking, the templates disappear leaving only your sketches behind!  

Perspective Templates in 1, 2 and 3 point Perspectives
Perspective Templates in 1, 2 and 3 point Perspectives
Figure Templates w/ Example
Figure Templates w/ Example
Head + Face Templates
Head + Face Templates
Blank Figure Proportion Templates
Blank Figure Proportion Templates

The goal of the I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is first and foremost to encourage practice, but also to foster growth and creativity in storytelling, page layout and composition - the fundamentals of what makes a comic book memorable, exciting and readable.  Keep sketching!

FEATURED ARTISTS

Ryan Stegman - Fantastic Four
Ryan Stegman - Fantastic Four

I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is more than just an Industry-First drawing instruction tool.  We are trying to build a strong creative community around comic book art where users of our book can share how they've grown with other artists and professionals via our Tumblr blog.  

We've enlisted some of our friends as Featured Artists who are also professionals in the comic industry to show how it's done and they'll be among the first to share their sketches to our blog.

RYAN STEGMAN ORIGINAL ART (for $250 pledge tier)

"COMIC-CON SKETCH" EXAMPLE (for $225 pledge tier)

KICKSTARTER-ONLY LIMITED EDITION BLACK COVER (for $50 & $100 pledge tiers)

SCARLET SPIDER #7 COVER (for $1700 pledge tier)

FANTASTIC FOUR #609 COVER (for $1700 pledge tier)

THE HOODIE

Alternative Apparel Hoodie in Marine Blue
Alternative Apparel Hoodie in Marine Blue

Who doesn't love a hoodie?!  Super high-quality 100% cotton jersey hoodie with screen-printed I DRAW COMICS logo.  Sizes S, M, L, XL and 2XL available.  (Brand subject to change based on availability)

FUNDING

What we're asking for is pretty simple - funding for our first manufacturing run to get this book into the hands of comic fans, artists and enthusiasts everywhere. The money will go to getting our books manufactured and shipped to our Chicago location, as well as for our other branded materials listed in the pledge tiers.  

A secondary goal is to get it stocked in as many comic book stores as possible - we've got a pledge just for you, comic book store owners!  

We feel this would also be a great book to be implemented into any college-level illustration curriculum, so getting stocked in schools is definitely a goal as well.  

 WHO WE ARE

Childhood pals, Product Designer Matt Marrocco & Marvel Comic Book Artist Ryan Stegman have come together to develop a completely new learning tool for illustrators, artists, comic book fans and anyone wanting to draw a superhero.

Matt Marrocco is an American Industrial Designer currently working on the consultancy side in Chicago, IL.  A Detroit native, he graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 2009.  He lives with his beautiful wife Kerry and beloved beasts Bean & Biff.

Ryan stegman is an American comic book artist working for Marvel Comics. His credits include Amazing Spider Man, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and Scarlet Spider. He lives in Michigan with his wife and son. He is the one writing this bio, and he feels creepy about it. 

Ryan Stegman DeviantArt

@RyanStegman

THANKS, MIKE!

Mike Norton Personal Website

@themikenorton

#NOSUBSTITUTEFORPRACTICE

FAQ

  • The $250 pledge tier is for original work Ryan has already done from Scarlet Spider, and can be viewed by clicking the link "Ryan Stegman Original Prints" near the bottom of our campaign. Once you've pledged just send us a message of which page you'd like and we'll set it aside for you. It's that simple!

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  • It is about 5.75x8.5" - A4 size when open.

    It is designed to fit into most flatbed scanners perfectly when open to more easily scan your sketches. It also was designed to be very portable, so will fit into most bags, backpacks, etc. very easily. Your sketchbook should go along with you EVERYWHERE, so it had to be a manageable size.

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  • Yes and no. The I DRAW CARS book is available for purchase via our website or Amazon for $24.99. If you would like the book shipped along with your I DRAW COMICS purchase, please forward $24.99 via Paypal to info@idrawcars.com and include a note letting us know you've already pledged for an I DRAW COMICS book. We'll make sure they ship together!

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  • Yep, we ship globally via USPS Priority.

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  • SImply log into your account and add the money to your pledge amount. We'll be sending out surveys at the end for any misc. info, so let us know any special details about your order at that time.

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  • NOPE. They are integrated into ONE timelessly stylish, ultimately portable and amazingly useful book. THAT is what makes this project unique.

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