The graphic novel illustration is a popular and growing art form among artists of all skill levels and backgrounds. The book opens with valuable information on the tools and materials one needs to get started, including pencils, paper and supports, erasers, and traditional colour tools. Accomplished artists, Bob Berry and Jeannie Lee, provide instruction on everything from basic figure drawing and perspective to capturing facial features; mastering expressions; rendering clothing, props, and accessories; and creating scenes and backdrops. Following the step-by-step drawing lessons, artists will learn how to put the elements together as they construct a fun assortment of characters, eventually learning how to draw characters of their own creation. Tips for giving characters personalities and writing their stories round out this comprehensive drawing guide, designed to be a permanent art-instruction resource for all manga, comic book, and graphic novel enthusiasts.