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Drawing on the Funny Side of the Brain: How to Come Up with Jokes for Cartoons and Comic Strips [Paperback]

Chris Hart
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31 May 1998
One of the toughest tasks for the cartoonist is the problem of coming up with jokes for their cartoon drawings. For those facing such a challenge, this book offers a course in setting up cartoon gags. Topics covered include: the set-ups and punch lines; visual characterizations; setting up conflicts; "hooks" and premises; finding resource materials; and tips for drawing comic lettering and dialogue balloons. It also explores the differences between cartoons in comic strips and in animated films and provides complete demonstrations for laying out a comic strip joke.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (31 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823013812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823013814
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn the secrets to drawing funny and writing funny.
The most common question any professional cartoonist gets asked is, "Where do you come up with your ideas?" It's not based on inspiration, because if it were, cartoonists would be hanging out at the beach all day, waiting for inspiration to strike. There's a formula for coming up with an endlesss stream of funny punch lines. Once you learn it, the jokes just flow. Also learn the techniques of drawing humorous characters that create an instant bond of reader loyalty.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to book 5 Jun 1999
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I found this book to be an excellent resource for aspiring cartoonists. Most other cartooning books I've looked at seem to say "Cartooning is a terrible career! You'll never make money!" or "Give up hope now! If you can't draw like me, you'll never succeed!" But Chris Hart's book is the exact opposite -- very informative, easy-to-follow, and overall very helpful. He also tells you where to put emphasis when designing a strip and developing characters. And most importantly, he gives tips on how to come up with ideas (funny ones), not just how to draw. Hart doesn't make you feel like his way is the only way, as other cartooning books do -- this book leaves aspiring cartoonists with a lot of hope!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 10 Feb 2013
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I love everything that Chris Hart produces and would recommend all his books to ahyone aspiring to draw cartoony characters, animal, human or whatever. This book is well worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is Fun and Educational! 30 July 2008
Drawing on the Funny side of the Brain by Christopher Hart and a couple other books helped me learn how to draw cartoons good enough to put in my latest book.

Christopher Hart has done several books on drawing comics. He provides excellent common sense content, and teaches the skill very well though his words and cartoons.

There were many excellent sections in the book that helped me draw faces, bodies hands and feet. There were also some drawings that gave me ideas for my own cartoons.

Some the sections that I found especially helpful were: Humorous Head Construction, Funny Expressions, How to Draw the Cartoon Hand, and the Characters Sheet.

After finishing my sketches, I used Adobe Elements software to polish up the work. I was very pleased with the final cartoons that went into my book...and there have been many positive comments about the cartoons from people who have the book!

This is a great resource for learning to draw cartoons!

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Christopher Harts books just get better and better. I can now draw things that I would never have attempted before
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked 28 May 1999
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This is the coolest drawing book ever! It helped me draw so now everybody has it! I think this book is the most up to based drawing book ever with things you would want to draw not those books that the pictures suck.
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