This is the cartooning book I have been waiting for. I have tried a lot of different cartooning books, but none have given me the tools or confidence to give it a try, until this one! Its style is humorous, light and encouraging.
Colin Shelbourne believes anyone with a pencil and a piece of paper can be a cartoonist, and when you've read this book you will too. The book takes you through the basic requirements to take up cartooning (pencils and papers), right up to computer programmes and hardware recommendations, should you wish to take things further.
Unlike other books it is not prescriptive, showing you only how to draw specific things, but gives you techniques which can be applied to drawing anything you like.
There are also some interviews with professional cartoonists, giving some fascinating insights to their different approaches, and food for thought.
This book has undone the damage done in school art classes. I have started sketching again (in blue pencil), and have been pleasantly surprised by the results. I have also been able to help my children with their drawing.
I will probably never be a professional cartoonist, but I am having fun with drawing. I thoroughly recommend this book.