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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

With Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, you’ll master the alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics.

Get a complete, structured course that guides you from creating narrative within a single drawing to orchestrating all the skills involved in creating a multi-page, complex story.

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures

  • learn to exploit word-image juxtaposition
  • explore panel transitions
  • overcome penciling obstacles
  • master the fundamentals of story structure
  • lay out comics pages clearly and quickly
  • apply principles of composition to your work
  • letter dialogue and narration and design titles
  • create compelling characters
  • learn to ink with a brush and a nib pen
  • develop convincing visual environments

There’s a website that goes along with the book to help you work on your own, outside of a classroom, and for teachers who want to incorporate DWWP into their curricula. Check it out here: dw-wp.com

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With the DWWP method, you’ll arrive at a deep understanding of visual and structural storytelling through structured activities, with frequent dips into the nuts and bolts of actually getting ideas on paper, including thumbnailing, penciling, lettering, and inking with both a nib and a brush. You’ll also learn principles such as composition as it applies to the panel and the page.

Unlike existing instructional books devoted to comics, which lack both concrete exercises and progress markers, DWWP has a cumulative and carefully systematized methodology. Each of the fifteen chapters focuses on a particular aspect of comics and comes complete with homework, extra credit activities and supplementary reading suggestions. Illustrated extensively by the authors and with numerous examples of international masters of the medium, DWWP provides a comprehensive introduction to the form that will give you the tools to create your own works in this art on the rise.

The ideas and methods we teach in DWWP apply equally to all kinds of long-form graphic narrative: whether one page or a thousand, whether superheroes, manga, memoir, or any other narrative approach. We do not discriminate based on style or story content. These tools will serve all.

Additional resources for students and teachers are available on the accompanying website, DW-WP.com.

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