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Drawing Cartoons and Comics For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Your real-world guide to creating and marketing original cartoons

Do you love comics? Want to become a cartoonist? This practical, hands-on guide is packed with step-by-step instructions and plenty of tips for creating your own cartoons. From inanimate objects to animals to aliens, you can see how to breathe life into your characters and make your cartoons stand out. Plus, you discover how to

  • Master the basic...
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Drawing Cartoons and Comics For Dummies

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Overview

Your real-world guide to creating and marketing original cartoons

Do you love comics? Want to become a cartoonist? This practical, hands-on guide is packed with step-by-step instructions and plenty of tips for creating your own cartoons. From inanimate objects to animals to aliens, you can see how to breathe life into your characters and make your cartoons stand out. Plus, you discover how to

  • Master the basic building blocks — set up your workspace; start creating with pencil, ink, and pens; and fix mistakes
  • Get the creative juices flowing — find inspiration and formulate your cartoon idea, gag, or concept, and make it work

  • Create your characters — from their heads to their toes, give your characters personality and presence

  • Assemble your comic strip — create an effective background, plan your layout, letter your cartoons, create drama, and more

  • Fine-tune your work — discover the tools and techniques for digitally formatting your comics

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of the different cartooning genres
  • Drawing techniques, such as shading and crosshatching

  • An exploration of body, gender, species, and character types

  • Tips for developing a cast of characters

  • The lowdown on drawing editorial cartoons

  • How to add color to your creations

  • Ten steps to a finished comic strip

  • Hints on breaking into the business

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470572085
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/8/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 688,317
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Fairrington is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and Time magazine, as well as on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Fairrington has won many awards, including the Charles M. Schulz award for college cartooning and the John Locher Memorial Award, given annually by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC).
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Drawing Inspiration: Getting Started with Cartoons and Comics.

Chapter 1: The Skinny on Cartoons and Comics.

Chapter 2: Looking at the Different Cartooning Genres.

Chapter 3: Getting Your Workspace Ready to Go.

Chapter 4: Starting with the Drawing Basics.

Chapter 5: Coming Up with Ideas.

Part II: Creating Cartoon Characters.

Chapter 6: Starting from the Top.

Chapter 7: From the Neck Down.

Chapter 8: Designing Human Cartoon Characters.

Chapter 9: Giving Inanimate Objects Personality.

Chapter 10: Exploring Anthropomorphism: Creating Animals and Other Creatures That Talk.

Chapter 11: Drafting Editorial Cartoon Characters.

Part III: Cartoon Designs 101: Assembling the Parts.

Chapter 12: Putting Everything in Your Comics in Perspective.

Chapter 13: The Art of Lettering.

Chapter 14: Directing the Scene.

Part IV: Cartooning 2.0: Taking Your Cartoons to the Next Level.

Chapter 15: Cartooning in the Digital Age.

Chapter 16: Making Cartooning Your Livelihood.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Steps to a Finished Comic Strip.

Chapter 18: Ten Secrets to Breaking in to a Cartooning Career.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    I loved the book, however, he never returned the book to me afte

    I loved the book, however, he never returned the book to me after promising to sign it!  I spent hours reading and highlighting the book, making notes, etc.  I spent money mailing the book to him and now he refuses to return it!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Bad sample

    Bad sample...

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Do HXHX DO NOT BUY THE BOOK

    I THIS IS SUCH A PEICE OF CRAP . If u dont believe me get the sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    Should i buy it??????

    Good or bad????

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Sucks

    I got a free sample and it sucks, it doesn't even give u an examples. Don't waste ur money! It's a bunch of crap!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    drawing cartoon

    looks okay

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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