The “Pose Drawing Sparkbook” is a terrific new resource for artists who work in storytelling mediums (animation, storyboards, character design, comic books, cartooning, illustration, etc.). It’s a “super-charged” sketchbook, custom designed to help artists add more life and personality to their drawings. Think of it as acting exercises for your sketchbook.
When drawing a character it’s much easier for an artist to focus only on external features like anatomy, facial features, and clothing. The challenge is capturing the internal characteristics such as personality, thoughts, and emotions. That’s what connects with an audience. It makes a character relatable and causes us to care. If an artist can master the skill of using pictures to communicate thoughts and feelings, he or she will go a long way towards becoming a successful storytelling artist.
The 240-page SparkBook contains 100 drawings exercises, plus 32 pages of instructional content sprinkled throughout the book. There are also hundreds of bonus sketchbook ideas printed in the back of the book. Everyone who purchased the physical Sparkbook also gets a free ebook version, perfect for those who like to draw digitally, as well as access to an online gallery where they can upload their sketches as they work through the book.
To promote the Sparkbook, Cedric Hohnstadt is giving away a free download of 100 sketchbook ideas from the bonus section in the back of the book, no strings attached. You can get yours at www.cedricstudio.com/sparkbook.
Feedback so far has been very positive. For the first two weeks of the campaign the Sparkbook has been featured in the “Popular” section of Kickstarter’s “Publishing” category, and to date has received over 1,000 likes on Tumblr. Check it out for yourself on the Kickstarter website (http://kck.st/12K2otL) or at www.cedricstudio.com/sparkbook.