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An interactive doodle book from a best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, and coloring activities for aspiring artists.
Welcome to Doodletopia! Your first stop in this paradise of creativity? The world of cartoons. Your tour guide Christopher Hart is ready to introduce you to the interactive, artistic possibilities of creating your own exciting, hilarious, off-the-wall cartoon characters, gags, and more.
Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all, Doodletopia: Cartoons pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. For the first time ever, you can pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and draw, doodle, or color right on the same page as the author.
From finishing cartoon faces to selecting costumes to completing wacky cartoon scenes,
the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Open up and start doodling!
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
If you’re a doodler, you used to need to draw in the margins of notebooks, “to do” lists, and even on the back of receipts. But now you have an entire book to fill with your doodles.
This book is about doodling cartoons. Everyone knows what a cartoon is. But what, pray tell, is a doodle exactly? A doodle is often thought of as a whimsical fragment of art. Doodles are fun to draw. They get your creative juices flowing. They keep you awake during team meetings.
What if you could enjoy the spontaneity of doodling, but end up with a real cartoon? This idea appealed to me. And it prompted me to think up this book. With each doodle, you’ll draw a cartoon, which will entertain you, your friends, your family, and if they’re exceptionally intelligent, your pets.
Aspiring artists often write to me and say that they find it hard to come up with ideas. This book will inspire you and help kick-start your imagination. I’ll start each page with a drawing/doodling prompt, and you’ll take it from there. Each chapter contains many projects for you to draw, design, and color.
Enough said. Get out your pencils. Let’s get creative.
Follow the Guidelines
Before you begin to doodle, take a look at the two guidelines below—the center line and the eye line. You’ll see these guidelines used throughout the book. They help artists find the correct placement for the features on the head. Using the guidelines will make the characters easier to draw and more consistent too.
Table of ContentsIntroduction 8
Warm Up 11
Fill in the Silhouette 29
Draw the Other Half 43
Select Different Expressions 57
Choose and Design the Animals 71
Dress Up Your Cartoons 93
Finish the Funny Couples 115
Write in Cartoon Calligraphy 125
Draw Ridiculous Inventions 135
Complete the Cartoons 145
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author, Christopher Hart, has created an enjoyable resource for anyone desiring to give a little more structure to their doodling. For reasons I will outline below, I wouldn't recommend this as a "How to Draw Cartoons" tutorial for younger kids, but that's not what it is. It's a doodling book! As such, it is pretty entertaining and I think it would be a fun time-killer for many teens and adults, with a word of caution if you don't appreciate counter-Christian values. First, the reason I think it is not to be considered a "How to Draw Cartoons" book was articulated the best when I asked a 15-year-old boy to browse through the book and share his thoughts with me. He stated that it was a pretty good book, and entertaining with funny commentary throughout, but that the organization of the book wasn't practical because drawings you are asked to recreate begin rather complex, then are simplified to focusing on a single aspect (like facial expression), and then become more complex again. So, if you struggle with doing the beginning of the book, feel free to do it out of order! There were a few places I felt the layout of the book could've been improved. In a section where you given examples of outfits and asked to draw them (or create your own) on a figure, you'll have to flip back and forth between pages to use the pictures as a reference because they aren't on the same spread. Second, the reason I would not recommend this for younger kids is because the humor, in my opinion, is geared toward teens/adults, referring at points to zombies, keying cars, Gothic lifestyles (somewhat poked fun at in this book), use of the abbreviation "OMG" and another reference of "God help ________ if..." in an effort to be funny. This lack of reverence for the Lord may not be a concern to some, but it is to me, especially coupled with evolutionary ideology in some areas. I allowed my 8 year old son to peruse the book under my supervision and he wasn't interested in reading the words at all, but did draw some cartoons successfully. He didn't appreciate the cave girl cartoon who poses holding a handful of shrunken heads though, and considered that distasteful. If the questionable content were courteously removed, and the drawing activities rearranged to progress from easiest to hardest to assist beginners, this would've been a 5 star book. In the interest of full disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free courtesy of Blogging for Books for the purpose of reviewing. I am never required to give a positive review, my opinions are my own!
This is a neat book for learning to draw cartoons! The book is filled with drawing exercises and step-by-step tutorials that are fun and easy to learn. Unlike some drawing how-to books, this one has you draw right in the pages of the book so you don't have to have your own paper or sketchbook at hand to enjoy it! Plus, the book is laced with humor throughout which makes it even more enjoyable! I've done the first two step-by-step drawings and both proved to be quite simple to draw! Everything is explained quite clearly so it's easy to understand and follow along. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys drawing or wishes to better their skills! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
My 14 year old son loves to read cartoons and he likes to doodle. This book sounded like an irresistible combination for him. It is great for helping someone learn to draw and design cartoons. From our perspective, this book didn't look as intimidating as some of the more formal drawing books and it looked fun to use. Christopher Hart's book on drawing cartoons is a fun book to help you get more creative in making cartoons. This book goes through several stages to help the aspiring cartoonist create funny pictures beginning with a silhouette of the character, then drawing expressions, drawing animals, drawing the clothes on your characters, and different ways to share the dialogue or caption for your cartoons. The last chapter has ideas for making funny inventions. Each page offers detailed instructions that are easy to follow. . .and each page shares a bit of the author's humor, getting you into a humorous cartoon frame of mind. Hart says in the introduction that he created this book to help the aspiring artist come up with ideas and to help kick-start an artist's imagination. I would recommend this book to any older child or adult that is interested in drawing cartoons or even just creating better drawings, in general. Hart encourages a sense of humor and makes drawing fun while learning at the same time. We started using this as part of our homeschool art drawing class and it is working well for us. My son is excited to learn to draw and enjoys Hart's humor. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.