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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw (Christopher Hart Titles) [Paperback]

Chris Hart
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28 Feb 1989 Christopher Hart Titles
Written by a master cartoonist with a combination of wit (which every cartoonist needs) and invaluable advice, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw" is the ultimate cartooning book. It serves as a complete course for beginners as well as a great tool for the most advanced cartoonist. Author Christopher Hart covers everything a cartoonist needs to know to tell a joke visually, from the effective use of layout, light, and shading to the techniques of conveying emotion. There are lessons in drawing characters in reaction shots and "takes," indicating specific settings such as underwater and nighttime scenes, and depicting various weather conditions. There is even an entire chapter devoted to creating special effects--from speed to explosions. Of special importance, Hart shows cartoonists how to find their own drawing style and how to develop a cast of characters. Written with boundless enthusiasm, this friendly yet authoritative book is filled with appealing, original comic strips and gags that Hart created especially to illustrate his lessons. Every artist who wants to draw cartoons will appreciate the insider's knowledge and tricks of the trade that Hart shares in this comprehensive sourcebook.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (28 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823023591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023592
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Favorite in the Fifth Grade 7 Feb 1998
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I am a fifth grade teacher and I bought this book for my class. The students just love it! This book is crammed full of really high-energy cartoon images with instructions on how to draw them. Every day, students ask to borrow this book. I have other art and cartoon books in my classroom, but this one is their all-time favorite.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" buy 13 Mar 2008
I have just recieved this book and have to say its probably the most usefull book I have on the subject. I have a couple of Harts other books but found them slightly too advanced for me. This book takes you right from drawing a basic face and expressions though to body construction, animals, backgrounds, its got the lot.
For anybody looking for a starting reference in cartooning this is the book to get.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talentless hack "draws" for first time... 12 July 2011
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I love this book.

Christopher Hart is a very clever chap.

Anyone who can teach me to draw has real skill. lol

At school I was so bad at Art, my teacher couldn't even look at me when he handed back my "paintings." I once had a homework assignment to paint a picture of our lanwmower. It was so bad I cringed handing it in, and he cringed handing it back. Ouch!

This book is full of humour, passion and brilliant 'how-to' instruction.

Stick men be gone. I'm drawing me a picture.

I intend to add cartoons to my marketing blog in the near future (more practice req'd first :-) and this book has given me the confidence to go ahead with that plan.

Highly recommended.

Now, if only I could fix my 'singing' voice...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love the backgroung and props section 6 Dec 2005
This best seller book (or so the front cover says...) is really one good book. It includes almost everything you need to know about cartooning, from the various head shapes to the body construction, including a section on how to create brand new characters. Inside you will also find an animal construction chart featuring several wild and not so wild animals, including the man.
But what makes this book great is the layout and props section. It's the only book I own and know that explains the cartoon backgrounds and how the others interpret what you've drawn. But this book goes further by explaining the various special effects used in cartooning and even has in the end a section about colors! It's a must for anyone interested in cartooning!
But of course there are no perfect books and this one has two major faults. The first one is the lack of construction steps, most of the drawings, especially in the second half of the book, are just given and don't include any construction steps. The second one is the lack of info on perspective, this is choice by the author since he states in the introduction "Wondering how to draw backgrounds without struggling with perspective? That's in here too." but still a fault in my opinion, of course opinions diverge but it's still a 5 stars book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where Walt Disney would have started 14 Nov 2013
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Christopher Hart is an accomplished cartoonist, and he shares his expertise and knowledge with us in this wonderful (and I mean that literally) book. If Walt Disney had been alive today, this is where he would have started. Get it and see for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 25 Jun 2013
By Abbey
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This is what I have been longing for it takes you through all fazes of drawing cartoons an animation, worthy the price
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for a beginner 6 Mar 2012
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I have most of the author's books and in my opinion this is definitely the best one to start with even though he has also published "Cartooning for the beginner". At least this is the one that I personally found most helpful. I used to draw cartoons every evening as a child but I gave up as I started to grow up. As an adult I decided to start again but found it difficult to break out of my original style. I often gave up only to try again a few years later. What really helped me was the way this book really showed how to break down a head or body into its component shapes.
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By Sylvia
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I bought this for my granddaughter aged 13. She found the book a bit difficult to follow at first but was soon able to understand the way it was teaching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Not so good as the other book that i had but its passable it served its job and what i wanted it for.
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Published on 5 Aug 2011 by T. Cogan
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What a great book this is! I wish that I had bought it ages ago. I have always struggled to draw cartoons, but was managing to do it after half an hour of reading. Read more
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I bought this book as I wanted learn how to draw cartoons, to aid me in my 3D work! I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone wanting to learn how to draw cartoons the... Read more
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