Humongous Book of Cartooning

Humongous Book of Cartooning

 
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Humongous Book of Cartooning
Age Range
8+
Release Date
September 22, 2009
ISBN
082305036X
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Chris Hart's Humongous Book of Cartooning is a great value book covering everything the beginner needs to master cartooning. It teaches how to draw cartoon people, fantasy characters, layouts, background design and much more. This latest cartoon title from Chris Hart, the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books, packs a wallop. It's the cartooning book that has it all: cartoon people, animals, retro-style "toons'", funny robots (no one has ever done cartoon robots in a how-to book before, and movies like "Wall-E" and "Robots" were smash hits and prove their appeal), fantasy characters and even sections on cartoon costumes, character design, and cartoon backgrounds and composition. The Humongous Book of Cartooning is humongous, not only because it's so big, but also because it includes a huge amount of original eye-catching characters and copious visual "side hints" that Chris is famous for. There is more actual instruction in this book than in any other of Chris' cartooning titles. In short, if you want to know how to draw cartoons, Chris Hart's Humongous Book of Cartooning is for you.

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Become a Cartoonist!

Have you ever dreamed of being able to draw cartoons? Frankly, out of the many skills I do not have, this is the one that most appeals to me. Since my artistic skills are on the minimal side, I'd given up hope--until I got my hands on this enormous (when they say "humongous" they're not joking) guide book.

Author Christopher Hart says in his introduction that he's included everything he wishes he had known when he started cartooning. He begins his easy to follow and simple to understand instructions with the basics of drawing cartoon character heads, starting with nine basic shapes. Taking each shape, he shows how to apply them to different cartoon characters, with an oval turning into a pony-tailed teen girl's face, a squirrel gazing out from a circle, and so on. Next, we plunge into building our own characters, with reassuring messages and directions from Chris Hart along the way.

 Along the way, we learn cartoonist magic (for example, how to add perspective, how to add movement to a drawing, and how to make characters that are perfect for fantasy). This book is simply a wealth of cartooning tips that are almost guaranteed to get readers' hands itching for a pad of paper and a pencil. . .and to fill would-be artists with inspiration. Highly recommended.

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