Trail of Steel: 1441 A.D. (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/8/15
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Author/Artist Marcos Mateu-Mestre applies all of the rules of visual communication that he outlined in his bestseller "Framed Ink" to create a graphic novel that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Follow along with Condottiero Martin and his son Sancho during their dark journey through Spain in 1441 A.D. on a mission that will change their lives forever.
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I bought this book so I can learn how to make comic/graphic novel as good as he does, together with "Framed ink" you get yourself a really good education on composition for story telling.
The storyline itself in this novel is OK, nothing that exciting but non the less executed superbly, that is why I give it 5 stars.
This graphic novel uses the techniques he has taught. The story happens in the winter of 1441 A.D. in Spain. A father and his son are on a mission to find some people who pissed off the lady.
The tale unfolds in a cinematic and dramatic manner. Art is amazing. It's in black and white but with the masterful composition, it really gets you close to the action. Characters are carefully placed, directed, and every panel is like a study of tonal value. This book is a good example how powerful composition can be used for storytelling.
At the end of the book are some sketches and his thoughts on the story.
Highly recommended. And definitely check out Framed Ink if you haven't.
The book is available in paperback and hardcover.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Each page is a masterclass in sequential layout, and each panel within is lesson in composition.
This book is brilliant and should be an essential 'text book' in any artist's library.
And if you haven't got Framed Ink by Marcos, buy that now, too.