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Drawing Superheroes & Villains

Drawing Superheroes & Villains

Superhero Drawing Class – For kids ages 6 – 17. Learn the basics of drawing human figures so you can start sketching your favorite superhero characters.

How to Draw Superman, Batman and Other DC Comics

 

We have a lot of drawing books at the library. You can learn to draw NASCAR, forest animals, sea creatures, cartoon characters, buildings and much more. Each book includes step-by-step directions. How to Draw Batman, Superman, and Other DC Super Heroes and Villains is a great place to start learning how to draw the action poses of your favorite superheroes. You can start to draw right now by checking out an e-book with your IndyPL library card, or come into one of our branches to check out print books. We also have graphic novels starring your favorite characters and books about cartoonists. Listed below are several that are about comics, graphic novels and superheroes.


E-books:

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Young Artists Draw MangaHow to Draw AnimeKids Draw Manga
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Comic FunHow to Write a Comic BookSpectacular SuperheroesBig Book of CartooningWhat Are Graphic NovelsYou Can Draw Manga

Print Books:

The Ultimate Guide to Creating ComicsHow to Draw Comic HeroesHow to Draw Superman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and Other DC Super HeroesHow to Draw Batman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw th eJoker, Lex Luthor and Other DC Super VillainsHow to Draw Comic Book HeroesHow to Draw Manga WarriorsThe Art of Drawing Manga HeroesHow to Draw Manga Action FiguresHow to Draw Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDraw Comics and Graphic NovelsDrawing the Heroes in Your Graphic NovelDrawing Awesome Cartoon CharactersWho Is Stan Lee?Boys of SteelCreate Your Own Comic StripsComics: Investigate the History and Technology of American CartooningAdventures in Cartooning
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African-American Artists

African-American Artists

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Heart and Soul

African American artist Ashley Bryan was born in 1923 and grew up in the Bronx in New York City. When he was a little boy his parents noticed right away that he loved to draw and paint and make things. They did everything they could to make sure he had art supplies to use to create things. After he graduated from high school he wanted to go to college and study art. This would have been in the time right before World War II, well before the Civil Rights Movement. Ashley interviewed for a spot at an art institute. He says in his autobiography Ashley Bryan Words to My Life’s Song,”

The interviewer stated that mine was the best portfolio that he had seen. However, he also informed me that it would be a waste to give a scholarship to a colored person.

In his book, Ashley explains how he listened to good advice from his parents. They told him to not let anyone or anything ever stop him from doing what he loves. Ashley persevered. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering and Columbia University. He studied art in France and Germany too.

Ashley has taught art, written and illustrated books and created countless beautiful things that you can see in this book like stained glass windows, paintings, sculptures, puppets and more. There is one picture in this book that shows Ashley at home in a room full of his creations. It’s like looking at an I Spy picture of wonderful things. I would love to wonder through his studio, pull up a stool and begin creating something. When you read this book written in his own words, you’ll realize that if you did walk into his studio, that is exactly what he would want you to do!

Miles Davis by Kevin West

Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn more about African American Art and African American Artists.

You can also visit Central Library throughout February and March to see the 2018 Meet the Artists Exhibit (January 30 – April 1) which showcases the accomplishments of 11 prominent local African-American artists. In addition, works from other artists will be exhibited in the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. 

At the Exhibit’s Gala Opening Reception (Saturday, February 10, 5:30 pm — 10:00 pm) there will be all kinds of fun activities going on including music and art workshops for kids!


Websites, Activities, Printables & Databases:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about African American Artists.​


eBooks:

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A Splash of Red the Life and Art of Horace PippinEtched in ClayGordon ParksRadiant ChildIt Jes Happened When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

Print Books:

Art from the Heart Folk Artist Clementine HunterDraw What You SeeDrawing in the Sand a Story of African American ArtFaith RinggoldGoing Back Home an Artist Returns to the SouthRomare BeardenSewing Stories Harriet Powers Journey from Slave to ArtistWake Up Our Souls a Collection of African American ArtistsWords with Wings a Collection of African American Poetry and ArtJerry PinkneyCome Look with Me the Story of African American Art for ChildrenStarting Home the Story of Horace Pippin, PainterStitching Stars the Story Quilts of Harriet PowersStory Painter the Life of Jacob LawrenceDave the PotterHenry Ossawa Tanner

More Info Guides about Black History:


To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

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Black History: Authors & Illustrators

Black History: Authors & Illustrators
Words to My Life's Song AshleyBryan Elijah of Buxton Brown Girl Dreaming The Rock and the River Martin's Big Words
Alexander, Kwame  Website Interview Video Interview
Barnes, Derrick   Interview Video Interview
Bryan, Ashley Website Interview Video Interview
Collier, Bryan Website Interview Video Interview
Curtis, Christopher Paul Website   Video Interview
Davis, Tanita Website Interview Interview
Dillon, Leo & Diane Website Interview  
Draper, Sharon Website   Video Interview
Flake, Sharon Website Interview Video Interview
Giovanni, Nikki Website Interview Video Interview
Grimes, Nikki Website Interview Video Interview
Hamilton, Virginia Website Interview Video Interview
Johnson, Angela Website Interview Video Interview
Lewis, E.B. Website Interview Video Interview
Magoon, Kekla Website Interview Video Interview
McKissack, Frederick   Interview Video Interview
McKissack, Patricia   Interview Video Interview
Myers, Christopher Website Interview Video Interview
Myers, Walter Dean Article Interview Video Interview
Nelson, Kadir Website Interview Video Interview
Nelson, Vaunda   Interview Video Interview
Nolen, Jerdine Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Andrea Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Brian Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Jerry Website Interview Video Interview
Reynolds, Jason Website Interview Video Interview
Rhodes, Jewell Parker   Interview Video Interview
Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola Website Interview Video Interview
Smith, Charles Website Interview Video Interview
Williams, Rita Garcia Website Interview Video Interview
Woodson, Jacqueline Website Interview Video Interview
The Lion and the Mouse Nelson Mandela Eliza's Freedom Road 8th Grade Super Zero Jazz

More Info Guides about Black History:


To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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