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1-2-3 Draw Cartoon Aliens and Space Stuff

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Starting with simple shapes and the most basic materials, professional cartoonist Steve Barr shows young artists the essential skills involved in combining shapes to make characters and objects, simplifying and coloring them.

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Starting with simple shapes and the most basic materials, professional cartoonist Steve Barr shows young artists the essential skills involved in combining shapes to make characters and objects, simplifying and coloring them.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
There are no rules in cartooning, but there are some guidelines. The first step is to practice drawing nine basic lines and shapes. Learning these lines and shapes will make drawing cartoons easier. An alien's head begins with two overlapping ovals. Add another oval for the nose, add eyes and a curved line for a mouth. These aliens have an antenna on their heads. The body is added by using more ovals and circles. Instructions for eighteen aliens in a variety of activities are included in this paperback book, one of the "1-2-3 Draw" series. There is an alien floating, an alien flying a saucer, an alien in a spaceship and an alien on a scooter. Each alien is exactly alike, but drawn from a different angle depending on the activity. Each drawing is developed in up to five stages, with the final version in color. This kind of instruction facilitates a major break through for those children who want to take their drawings to the next level of realism. I have used these books with kids as young as five years old. They were ready to use these techniques and proud of their accomplishments. The drawings are large enough and the progression clear enough for kids to follow along even when they can't read the text. 2003, Peel Productions, Ages 5 to 12.
—Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Barr shows how to draw aliens and wildlife using six basic shapes and a combination of straight, squiggly, and curved lines. Young artists are encouraged to practice drawing these shapes and lines lightly and then to apply them to create their own work. Each drawing takes nine or more steps to complete, and the suggestions progress from simple to difficult. Sketching and erasing overlapping lines are encouraged. The easy-to-follow, numbered steps are illustrated with black-and-white line drawings; the finished piece is shown in color. The format is large and open. Tips explaining how to create additional facial expressions, how to use cartoons, and how to make cartoon strips are appended. Budding artists will appreciate the guidance offered here.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939217717
  • Publisher: Peel Productions
  • Publication date: 3/29/2003
  • Series: 1-2-3 Draw
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Barr is an artist specializing in the illustration of children's books, board games, card decks and other educational products. He is also the author and illustrator of a nationally syndicated comic strip. He lives in Columbus, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Before you begin 4
Basic shapes and lines 6
Alien head (side view) 7
Alien head (front view) 9
Alien expressions (side view) 12
Alien expressions (front view) 13
Alien (side view) 14
Alien (front view) 18
Sitting alien 21
Floating alien 25
Alien disguised as a human 28
Alien flying a saucer 31
Alien in a spaceship 34
Alien space scooter 38
Planets, comets and stars 41
Astronaut 49
Space monster 52
Robot 54
Space worm 57
Fun stuff 58
Alien cartoon strip 60
Certificate 64
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