Cartooning for the Beginner

Cartooning for the Beginner

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by Christopher Hart
     
 

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Aspiring cartoonists of all ages can begin drawing a repertoire of characters from the moment they follow the wide-ranging yet simplified lessons that fill these instructive pages, written and illustrated by an all-time best-selling artist/teacher.

This complete course, covering both comic strip and animation techniques, begins with lessons on basic cartoon body

Overview

Aspiring cartoonists of all ages can begin drawing a repertoire of characters from the moment they follow the wide-ranging yet simplified lessons that fill these instructive pages, written and illustrated by an all-time best-selling artist/teacher.

This complete course, covering both comic strip and animation techniques, begins with lessons on basic cartoon body shapes and facial features. Included are helpful comparisons between the real versus the cartoon head, a smile chart, and various ways to draw the most popular and expressive cartoon eyes and mouths. Next come lots of typical body poses, how to draw action lines, slow/fast movement, cartoon hands, fun hair and clothing styles, backgrounds, and cute cartoon pets. Excellent directions also focus on helping beginners to find and develop their own cartoon style.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Cartoons fascinate children and many artists begin their careers as kids, copying comics. Artists learn by copying, and this is as true for young artists as for older students. Hart provides a complete course for learning how to become a cartoonist. The head and body are given initial concentration. To make sure that the drawings flow, action lines are used in developing the cartoon. Ten common mistakes beginning cartoonists make are identified, with before and after examples. Animals are also represented and shown in an animated running sequence. A brief introduction to perspective and realistic cartooning offers an advanced lesson in this comprehensive study guide. 2000, Watson-Guptill,
Library Journal
These volumes cover the two broadest categories of cartooning, the "Disney" style and the action hero genre. Hart, a successful contributor to MAD magazine, the Blondie cartoon strip, film, and TV, deftly covers the world of cartoon animals, animation, and "edgy 'toons." This and Robin Hall's The Cartoonist's Workbook: Drawing, Writing Gags, Selling (LJ 11/15/97) are the best available for basic cartooning. Smith has been art director for top comic book publishers, including Marvel, DC Comics, and Acclaim, and has contributed to X-Men, Gen X, Green Lantern, and others. He begins with form and structure, moves to building basic figures, and then sets them in motion. Unlike similar books, his makes good use of posed human models as a basis for both average human figures and muscled superheroes. Five other cartoonists contributed to his "Inking with Experts" section. Recommended, along with Tom Alvarez's comprehensive How To Create Action, Fantasy and Adventure Comics (LJ 11/15/96). Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823005864
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
600,227
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.

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Cartooning for the Beginner 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am looking for eyes and mouth expressions. I found page 23 (eyes and emotions) very helpful. I did miss the mouth section.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I belive this book helped alot . Its Easy enough for small children yet explained well enough for a older person it covers everything yet it dosent elaborate much i think its great for a beginner cartooner tho cuz you can read that see how you draw then find another book that will help you with what you need i belive this is the perfect book for cartooning and good for all ages and allaroung great !