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Not very inspiring
on 24 December 2014
The useful advice in this book could probably be boiled down to a page or two: draw stick figures and helplines, make rough sketches, exaggerate the head size, add action lines, practise a lot...
The rest of the book is a lot of vague, jokey (but unfunny) padding along the lines of: "Holidays provide opportunities for sketching pin ups. There are many pretty girls around on sunny days. You need to be careful when lurking about beaches, however. If you creep about looking too seedy you could end up with a slapped face."
There are lots of cartoon line drawings by the author but these are not, it must be said, very good. It's hard to feel inspired when your instructor's own efforts look like those of an amateur. The only decent caricatures in the book, including the one of Pavarotti on the cover, are the handful by another artist, John Ball.
I'd recommend Christopher Hart's cartoon drawing books instead.