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Artists, read Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Yes, it’s a comic about comics. But not about comics as you might initially think of them – it’s about visual and representational language in general. If you are anything like me and have let your art theory knowledge go to seed (somewhat) after college, this is an excellent way to begin reawakening your critical self. A favorite quote followed by a panel:

By stripping down an image to its essential “meaning”, an artist can amplify that meaning in a way realistic art can’t.

A well explained, fundamental concept in any visual language (click to enlarge and read).

Get it on Amazon.