Lorenzo Etherington just dropped us a line at downthetubes this morning, to share the exciting news that his latest crowdfunder – the chance to grab a copy of their new book, How to Think When You Draw – has achieved the plaudit of becoming the most successful British comics Kickstarter of all time.
Even if you can’t draw, if you’ve ever read any of the Etherington Brothers strips in The Phoenix (to name just one publisher) or followed their free online “How To” guides then you’ll know how talented Lorenzo is – so it’s no surprise the blue touch paper has been lit under this great-looking project.
How to Think When You Draw will get an official launch later this year, although the exact details of that are still a closely-guarded secret. The 200 page full colour hardback book collects together masses of Lorenzo’s amazing, drawing tutorials, covering an enormous range of subjects. (There’s a selection of them here)
“The series is extremely user-friendly,” says Lorenzo, “designed to benefit every skill level, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional.
Plus, there’s the opportunity to grab a reprint of the blisteringly amazing The Art of Stranski – a 100 page full colour hardback book that is simply crammed with art gold. The original book raised £40,000 on Kickstarter last year and immediately sold out.
The Etherington Brothers are two of the most talented British comic creators working in the British comics mainstream right now, and I’m a huge fan of Lorenzo Etherington’s work, with its many tips of the hat to comic artists I grew up reading. Do check out this project – I think it’s a no brainer to back if you’re interested in learning about how to draw comics.
• More about The Art of Stranski on the original campaign page
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.