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Cartooning: The Ultimate Character Design Book [Paperback]

By Christopher Hart (Author)
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Provides tips and instructions for how to draw human cartoon characters, including facial expressions, hairstyles, and clothing, and offers examples of such familiar characters as a diner waitress, school psychologist, and computer nerd.

Publishers Description
Chris Hart's how-to-draw books have sold in the several millions of copies. Now, in his latest, he delivers detailed instructions, inspiring ideas, and invaluable tips for creating appealing and original manga-style characters. Character design is the key to success in comic books and animated films, and with this clear step-by-step guide, it's a skill that can be quickly learned. Starting with the basics—body types, facial features, costumes, and expressions—Chris shows how to draw a hyper kid, bratty teen, lovable pooch, cool rapper, and many other distinctive types. Then, he takes the reader on a guided tour in search of original characters in places that range from suburban malls to the glitter and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   131
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 8.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 6, 2008
Publisher   Chris Hart Books
Age  12-17
ISBN  1933027428  
ISBN13  9781933027425  

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More About Christopher Hart

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher Hart is the world s bestselling author of how-to-draw books, with more than six million copies sold worldwide. His titles frequently appear on the Bookscan Top 50 Art list. They also have a huge international audience, having been translated into more than 20 languages. In his more than 50 titles, Hart offers artists accessible, generously illustrated, and clearly written step-by-step instruction on a wide variety of how-to-draw subjects, including manga, human anatomy, cartooning, comics, and animals. Visit his website He lives in Westport, CT."

Christopher Hart has an academic affiliation as follows - Academic, Researcher and Writer.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Cartooning
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Arts & Music > Art > Cartooning
4Books > Subjects > Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > By Creator > Hart, Christopher

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Entertaining and educational!  Jul 4, 2008
This book is particularly good for beginners but doesn't dumb it down too much that you'll outgrow the book too quickly. I've always wanted to draw but wasn't interested in re-creating a boring bowl of fruit or a done to death vase of roses!

Chris manages to capture the funny side of characters and accentuates their quirkiness with ease. He also explains things like why the 'Know-It-All' girl's eyes must curve upwards [they make her appear condescending] or why the 'Pizza Delivery' guy has to look elongated, lanky and awkward and what features help him appear this way.

Lots to do in this book so stock up on sketch pads, pencils and erasers!
Hilarious is correct  May 30, 2008
Purchased this book after loving another cartooning book: Drawing the new adventure cartoons also by C. Hart. The books opens with an extensive character design lab which covers all(?) I need to know about creating characters: drawing the head, noses, eyes, facial expressions, body types, feet, hands, footware and more. I love the humor Hart uses to bring the characters to life and the how he categorized them: big city characters, suburbs, spoiled junior, rich witch and hundreds more. Lots of fun and extremely educational.
Hilarious and clever!   May 6, 2008
The book starts the way all instructional books should. It builds a foundation, explains the tools needed (start with a pencil) goes over basic techniques, and then builds on that. The book gets into more detail, details that only an observant professional and expert like Chris Hart can see, i.e. How to draw people of different ages, rubbery mouths, different character types. I loved the section on character types from the suburbs. He clarified a lot. Funny, hilarious stuff - The Leading Man who collects his own autograph. I'm a big fan and this is my favorite.

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