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Dynamic Hero Templates- a book for the amateur and professional character designer using pre-drawn male figures and heads to draw over.
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Hi! I'm Andy Smith and I've been a professional comic book artist for 25 plus years, whew, that is a long time! Some of my clients include Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant, Cross Gen, and now I'm with Ominous Press drawing Demi-God and I'm the company's art director. Check out some of my work at www.andysmithart.com. Go ahead take a peek, I'll be here when you're done perusing my work.

I've written three previous books on comic book art as well, "Drawing Dynamic Comics", "Drawing American Manga Superheroes", and "The How to Draw Superheroes Sketchbook" which I did in association with Render Demo.

Now I bring to you my first Kickstarter for the aspiring character designer in you! 

"Dynamic Hero Templates"

The book!!! What a perfect book for you to design in and show your friends how cool you are!
The book!!! What a perfect book for you to design in and show your friends how cool you are!

When I was a kid learning to draw, I had a lot of character design ideas rolling around in my head but I wasn’t at the talent level I envisioned in my head to put them down on paper in a way I was happy with. That’s the reason I created "Dynamic Hero Templates" so whether you are an aspiring artist or someone that likes to create characters but doesn’t want too deal with the hassle of trying too draw an accurate figure now you can just open this book and start creating your characters over my blue line figure templates! 

On the left is my first drawing of 1st Man done when I was a kid, not exactly to the professional level that I envisioned in my head. With this book you can design your character over the ideal figure template of your choice to give it a professional look!
On the left is my first drawing of 1st Man done when I was a kid, not exactly to the professional level that I envisioned in my head. With this book you can design your character over the ideal figure template of your choice to give it a professional look!

This book is for all ages and skill levels. If your young child shows an interest in art and making up characters this book is perfect for them. If you want to design characters that have a finished polished feel this book is for you.

Instead of a crude drawing of a figure that doesn’t show your design in the best light now you can design over professional figure and head templates that will showcase your design at a professional level!


Love superheroes? Create your own and with the multiple templates in the book you could create your own super team!
Love superheroes? Create your own and with the multiple templates in the book you could create your own super team!
Science fiction is a fantastic genre you can explore with some of the templates in the book too!
Science fiction is a fantastic genre you can explore with some of the templates in the book too!
Role playing games always have you create characters and now you can fully visualize them with this book and your imagination!
Role playing games always have you create characters and now you can fully visualize them with this book and your imagination!
And with the full page head templates you can show the details of your characters fantastic faces!
And with the full page head templates you can show the details of your characters fantastic faces!

The book measures 11" x 8.5" in landscape format so you have ample room to draw your designs and is 48 pages in length. The book includes 8 different types of male figure physiques so you have a variety of body types to use when designing your characters. The body type of a character is an important part in the overall character design so with these body type varieties you’ll be able to create an abundant number of characters each unique in its design and physicality. 

· The standard iconic hero physique, featuring two different bodies with subtle differences between them.

· A dwarf physique.

· A hulking over-sized physique.

· A child physique.

· A mid-teenager physique.

· A heavy-set larger physique.

· A lean, thinner physique.

The body types in the book, each figure type is replicated three times for you to design over.
The body types in the book, each figure type is replicated three times for you to design over.

Also included in the book are 6 different head types, front and ¾ view, so you can design the head at a larger scale then the one on the figure template to accentuate the details of the head and face.

· The standard male head.

· The hulking brutish head.

· The child male head.

· The mid-teenager head.

· The heavy-set head.

· The lean, thinner head.

A variety of heads to design details over of your character! Each is replicated three times in the book!
A variety of heads to design details over of your character! Each is replicated three times in the book!

This book will be able to lay flat on your table for you to easily create your characters in comfortably!
This book will be able to lay flat on your table for you to easily create your characters in comfortably!
Each figure and head type has three pages devoted to them so you have many options for each one!
Each figure and head type has three pages devoted to them so you have many options for each one!
Some examples from the book. Don't worry my name won't be on the pages.
Some examples from the book. Don't worry my name won't be on the pages.

Charlie McElvy example!

I asked my buddy Charlie to pick a template and work up a design of his as an example to show what someone that isn't a professional artist can do. Charlie is known for  "The Official Handbook of the WatchGuard Universe", "The WatchGuard Source-book" , and The Chemical Plant (a HeroClix™ map) 

Charlie- "Having created hundreds of characters on my own, and published dozens of them in various projects like "The WatchGuard Source-book", this project really spoke to me.  I've used tools like Hero Machine, and others to help get me started, but what I've always needed was a set of templates that fit my goals. THANK YOU, ANDY!! This is exactly what I've always needed: base figures of various types, professional turnarounds, and a flexible set of templates from which to work. Perfect." 

As you can see Charlie chose the Brutish figure template and went to town! Once finished he scanned his design and added some basic color. Now that's a tough looking character I'd like to draw!

Check out some of Charlie's stuff:  Xion Studios,  WatchGuard Comic (which I did the interior art for, shameless plug)

Pledge $20 and get a copy of the book and a copy of the ultra rare 1st Man #1, my creator owned book that came out in 1997 from Image comics. I did say it's ultra rare didn't I?


The iconic cover that introduced 1st Man to the world! It can be yours at this great deal of a pledge level!
The iconic cover that introduced 1st Man to the world! It can be yours at this great deal of a pledge level!

A sample of the interior from 1st Man!
A sample of the interior from 1st Man!

Pledge $50 and get a copy of "Dynamic Hero Templates" and "Demi-God" a 64 page hardcover graphic novel and "Black Book: The Art of Andy Smith" a 112 page art book featuring a ton of my work from throughout my career!

What a deal, these all would retail for $60.00 but through the campaign you can get them for this sweet bargain price!
What a deal, these all would retail for $60.00 but through the campaign you can get them for this sweet bargain price!

Pledge $100 and get a head sketch inside the front cover of the book!

Head sketch examples!

A head sketch like this could grace the inside cover of your book!
A head sketch like this could grace the inside cover of your book!

Pledge $400 and get an 11" x 17" single figure character of your choice commission!

Single figure 11" x 17" commission examples!

Whoa! You can get your very own 11" x 17" commission to hang on your wall with a copy of the book, just look at some of these past commissions!
Whoa! You can get your very own 11" x 17" commission to hang on your wall with a copy of the book, just look at some of these past commissions!

Pledge $400 and get a copy of "Drawing Dynamic Templates" and the original 11" x 17" cover art to Inhumans vs. X-men #1 by Ron Lim and inks by me!

Pledge $400 and get a copy of "Drawing Dynamic Templates" and the original 11" x 17" cover art to Thanos vs. Hulk #4 by Ron Lim and inks by me!

Pledge $1000 and get an 11" x 17" cover recreation of a cover of mine or pick one of your favorite covers to have me recreate!

Cover recreation examples!

What?! You can own a cover recreation now of one of your all time favorite covers...drawn by me! You read that right, look at these awesome pieces I've done for other people...now you can own one too!
What?! You can own a cover recreation now of one of your all time favorite covers...drawn by me! You read that right, look at these awesome pieces I've done for other people...now you can own one too!

What's next!?

Glad you asked, if this project is fully funded I will continue with Volume 2 "Dynamic Heroine Templates"! Check out some examples from that volume!

Here are some examples of the templates from the "Dynamic Heroine Templates" book!
Here are some examples of the templates from the "Dynamic Heroine Templates" book!


What the funds are for? 

I know when I back a project I'd like to know where the money is going, seems reasonable. The funds for this project are for the printing of the book, which is the bulk of the cost of production, and the time I put into putting the book together. The book is complete and ready to go to the printer and that is where you come in.

Shipping and handling info:

PLEASE NOTE: shipping costs may vary via the addition of extra copies. The totals provided below are estimates and not final quotes.

Approximate shipping amounts you should expect upon completion of the campaign:

·  USA: approximately $9

·  Canada: $12 - $15

·  EU: €7 - €14 

·  Aus & NZ: $22 

·  Asia: $35

Risks and challenges

The art for the book is complete. Once the campaign is funded, I will send it to the printer and once the books are received from the printer the packaging will begin to get it in your hands.

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