Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hachette launch 'Draw the Marvel Way'

Hachette Partworks have launched a new magazine for aspiring superhero artists. Draw the Marvel Way is a fortnightly partwork filled with professional drawing tips and tutorials (by Mike Collins sharing his 30 plus years of experience as a comic artist) and accompanied with various tools of the trade.

Some might complain that it's teaching people to draw in a limited stylized way, but anything that encourages the art of drawing is welcome in my opinion. What I do find curious though is that issue 2 will come with an art box to store a collection of water colours (given away a few at a time in future issues). Colouring in comics (especially Marvel) is done digitally now, so this seems quaintly old fashioned for the purpose of this particular partwork. However, it can't do any harm to teach the old style of applying colour I suppose. Besides, bagging the mag with a Photoshop disc would push the price up a few hundred quid. 

Cover price of issue No.1 is £1.99. Usual price £4.99. (Not a bad price for a partwork.)

As is the norm with most new partworks, Draw the Marvel Way is only being tested in selected areas at the moment so chances are you won't find it in your newsagents. If anyone knows the area it's being tested in, please let me know. It if proves successful I'm sure it'll be relaunched nationally. 

To find out more, visit the official website here:
http://marveldrawing.hachettepartworks.com/

13 comments:

Phil Boyce said...

This looks like the kind of partwork I'd really enjoy. Can't see it being available here in Northern Ireland until (or if) it gets a full release, though.

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, and if it does get a nationwide relaunch it might not be until later in the year I'd guess. Still, all the other Marvel partworks proved to be very successful (some continuing beyond their planned run) so it stands a good chance.

Eodred VanCataclysm said...

perhaps instead of photoshop it could be bagged with something open-source like Gimp?

Lew Stringer said...

Possibly, although Photoshop is the industry standard. However it looks like they'll stick with using watercolours. Perhaps if the magazine is really successful they'll move on to tutoring digital colouring later.

Ian said...

Hi Lew. I'm in Bournemouth and it's available in local newsagents and WH Smiths down here.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Ian, that's really useful. I'll spread the word.

Manic Man said...

Apart from taking the name from an interesting old book.. Oh goody! I can Draw like Greg Land!

Stage 1: Find Move Still
Stage 2: Trace it
Stage 3: Get Famous Photo
Stage 4: Trace It
Stage 5: Get Porno Mag
Stage 6: Trace it
Stage 7: Put sources in folder to retrace every few months and hope no-one notices
Stage 8: Get marvel Sued and Lose.
Stage 9: Wash and Repeat.

but anyway.. Refernce books are useful, so hopefully for this to be any good, it'll show a RANGE of Marvel Artist styles from Dikto to Kirby to Hembeck.

Lew Stringer said...

What makes you think Greg Land is involved with this? As I said, Mike Collins is doing the tutorials.

Manic Man said...

Which is no problem, the point was more to do with the fact that drawing the "Marvel Way" is mostly a matter of artist and I would expect it to include a range of who Marvel class as there big artists over the past XX years. Mike Collins is a fair enough artist that I'm sure can do a good job.

Lew Stringer said...

I think drawing 'the Marvel way' mainly refers to the dynamic figure work and page compositions etc, not slavishly following one artist's style.

Mike Collins said...

Don't worry, as well as my basic how-to pieces, there's examples of other artists work and how they approach their material. There's spotlight articles on key creators, so it should make for a great overview of how to and (sometimes more importantly) WHY to do things certain ways.
It's an old saw but, to break the rules you first need to know what the rules are :-)

Lew Stringer said...

There you go, Manic. Reassurance from Mighty Mike Collins himself. Thanks Mike!

Manic Man said...

Yep! Perfect ^_^ might even pick up the first issue or so

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