Draw Comics From Photo Reference

Penciljack is hosting a contest.

To celebrate the release of Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People and Poses by Buddy Scalera, we’ve teamed up for our first ever “Comics from Photo Reference” contest. Two talented winners will get a free copy of the book and will be featured on penciljack.com.

You can submit in one of two categories, pinup/cover art (deadline December 4) or interior/sequential art (minimum of three panels; deadline December 11).

One winner from each category will win a copy of the book “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses” by Buddy Scalera. The book features 1,000+ full color images in a 144 page book with CD-ROM.


You must use one or more images from Buddy Scalera’s book “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses” published by Impact Books. No purchase necessary.

At first, this confused me. How do you enter the contest to win the book if you have to enter using images from the book? But they thought of that. If you want to enter, you go to the penciljack link above, register for an account, and then you can view a selection of images to pick from and use. You can enter multiple times, if you wish, but then things get weird with these rules:

Draw any character you want in any pose you want.

Pornographic, nude, or sexually suggestive images are automatically disqualified

So any pose you want so long as it’s clean? And any pose you want so long as it uses one of the provided images? Maybe this would make more sense to me if I was an artist and I saw the images. (Sorry, readers, but I’m not willing to register just to find out.)

It’s not like the world really needs more photo-referenced comics, but at least that last guideline rules out Greg Land’s porn-faced models. And I hope that the book promotes reference as a learning aid and staging help instead of something to draw directly over.

4 Responses to “Draw Comics From Photo Reference”

  1. Jason Rodriguez Says:

    It’s been so long that I forgot my username and password. Anyway, here you go:


  2. Johanna Says:

    Thanks! That first one, the guy looks like Mr. Fantastic, with misshapen arms. Freaky! What’s with the weird perspective?

  3. Tommy Raiko Says:

    What’s with the weird perspective?

    Looks like an attempt to demonstrate foreshortening, a common element of a lot of superheroic comic artwork. It’s an important skill for any artist, but, yeah, it looks a bit freaky in more ‘realistic’ photographic reference.

  4. Rachel N. Says:

    I already have a copy of the book, so I’ll pass on the contest. It’s rather handy, especially if you do superhero work.




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