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The final volume of legendary cartoonist Will Eisner's celebrated instructional trilogy explores the critical principle of body grammar in comics storytelling. The final volume of legendary cartoonist Will Eisner's celebrated instructional trilogy explores the critical principle of body grammar in comics storytelling.


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The final volume of legendary cartoonist Will Eisner's celebrated instructional trilogy explores the critical principle of body grammar in comics storytelling. The final volume of legendary cartoonist Will Eisner's celebrated instructional trilogy explores the critical principle of body grammar in comics storytelling.

30 review for Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rowan Oats

    If you're looking for a book to teach you how to draw expressive comics, this ain't it. Eisner is a master of anatomy and as a study of his work it's good but aside from a chart of exercise challenges at the end of the book it's really not that helpful. It's also rife with stereotypes that remain unexamined, as well as pseudo-psychological ideas about emotions that aren't supported by science. That the book is released posthumously probably doesn't help, but I'm honestly not sure what it would h If you're looking for a book to teach you how to draw expressive comics, this ain't it. Eisner is a master of anatomy and as a study of his work it's good but aside from a chart of exercise challenges at the end of the book it's really not that helpful. It's also rife with stereotypes that remain unexamined, as well as pseudo-psychological ideas about emotions that aren't supported by science. That the book is released posthumously probably doesn't help, but I'm honestly not sure what it would have looked like if he did manage to finish it himself. Maybe this would be good in teacher led studies, but on your own? You're better off finding something else.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Omar Mizdaq

    Cobbled together from notes following Eisner's death and it shows. But Eisner was a master and this is at least a reminder of his supreme skill at expressing emotion in his characters through his mastery of gesture, facial expressions, and human anatomy. I'll be checking out his other two since they were actually fully written by him. Cobbled together from notes following Eisner's death and it shows. But Eisner was a master and this is at least a reminder of his supreme skill at expressing emotion in his characters through his mastery of gesture, facial expressions, and human anatomy. I'll be checking out his other two since they were actually fully written by him.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peibols Beckham

    Obra póstuma de Eisner. Es un buen complemento para su estudio de la narración, ya que profundiza en lo importante que es la anatomía y los gestos en el cómic. Interesante para tener una base y de más detalle a las historias.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hallam

    Great examples from Will Eisner’s art. It would have been more helpful if there was more step by step and detailed instruction.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is one of the three Will Eisner instructional books. The other two are Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative and Comics and Sequential Art. I bought the book to learn how to pose characters properly and create strong silhouettes. I'm glad to say that this book provides tons of examples selected from Will Eisner's years of comics. Will Eisner started the book but unfortunately passed away in 2005 before he could fi (More pictures at parkablogs.com) Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is one of the three Will Eisner instructional books. The other two are Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative and Comics and Sequential Art. I bought the book to learn how to pose characters properly and create strong silhouettes. I'm glad to say that this book provides tons of examples selected from Will Eisner's years of comics. Will Eisner started the book but unfortunately passed away in 2005 before he could finish it. Enter Peter Poplaski, an artist who have worked long time beside him. Peter Poplaski was engaged to add the finishing touches for the book with some additional drawings. The majority of art work is still from Will Eisner's archive. The first few chapters explain the anatomy and how it affects movement. It offers a basic introduction to the latter chapters and is definitely not a substitute for an anatomy book. The core concept of the book is actually this: human actions come from reflex and emotions. The bulk of the book is devoted to showing examples of how certain feelings are express through body language and gesture. Each example is clearly explained and exceptionally easy to understand. Even if speech balloons are taken away from the example comic panels, readers will still know how the characters are feeling. Such is the power of a strong silhouette. Included are also many other techniques to help breath life into characters, such as staging, composition, positioning of characters etc. This book is very useful for any artists who wants to create believable characters people can relate to. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ted Henkle

    Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is the last of the instructional series trilogy written by Will Eisner. This was, by far, the quickest instruction manual I've ever read. That's because "Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative" is mostly composed of artwork illustrating--well--expressive anatomy. In other words: How to convey emotions through facial expressions and body language. I was able to finish the book in one sitting, which is rare for me, even when reading graphic novels. Not Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative is the last of the instructional series trilogy written by Will Eisner. This was, by far, the quickest instruction manual I've ever read. That's because "Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative" is mostly composed of artwork illustrating--well--expressive anatomy. In other words: How to convey emotions through facial expressions and body language. I was able to finish the book in one sitting, which is rare for me, even when reading graphic novels. Not only was the narrative short & sweet, so are most of the reviews on Amazon.com. Even just having Eisner's complete instructional series is enough for me to start off by giving Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative a 4-star rating. But since it was so easy and entertaining to read, I'll bump up my rating to 5-stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Relative to others in this collection, this item is woefully incomplete and a relative jumble. Eisner passed before completing it on his own; and as a result, there are far too many chapters, far too little contextualizing, and little in the way of actually assessing the effectiveness of anatomy in comics. Very surface level, and inadequate at that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    Nicht das beste Buch der Trilogie, wohl auch, weil es teilweise nach Eisners Tod entstand. Bilder und Texte sind teilweise aus den anderen Bänden übernommen. Und überhaupt gibt es viele Bilder & Beispiele aber wenig Theorie.

  9. 4 out of 5

    krad

    Disappointing. Explanations and descriptions of images were very surface-level and were paired with hit-and-miss drawings. Best (tentatively) used as a visual collection of Eisner's drawings (he was excellent at varied body shapes), and to ignore the text entirely. Disappointing. Explanations and descriptions of images were very surface-level and were paired with hit-and-miss drawings. Best (tentatively) used as a visual collection of Eisner's drawings (he was excellent at varied body shapes), and to ignore the text entirely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jones

    Disappointing. Two stars for Eisner's beautiful drawings, but as an instructional book on anatomy it really isn't worth it. Disappointing. Two stars for Eisner's beautiful drawings, but as an instructional book on anatomy it really isn't worth it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ted

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Will

  13. 4 out of 5

    Federico Kereki

  14. 5 out of 5

    Giuliana

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tauna Sonn-Lemarbe

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Panther

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emrys

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth Vargas

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tapan Kumar

  22. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathinka

  24. 4 out of 5

    spike

  25. 4 out of 5

    Condwiramurs

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

  27. 4 out of 5

    Life Outside

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Seamus McMurphy

  30. 5 out of 5

    ComicNerdSam

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