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Cartooning: The Ultimate Character Design Book [Paperback]

Christopher Hart

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May 6 2008
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational! July 4 2008
By Creative Suz - Published on Amazon.com
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!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and clever! May 6 2008
By Larry - Published on Amazon.com
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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but I expected more Aug. 23 2009
By Marcio Morais - Published on Amazon.com
The fact is that I expected a book with a little more text, explaining the process of creating a character and not just a compendium of characters designed by Chris. It's really a great book for people that do not draw characters, cause it has some good hints, but for people that already draw, it's a guide for Chris Hart own style of characters.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious is correct May 30 2008
By G-Art - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool idea book May 2 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a frustrated cartoonist since I was six. In my professional career, I have attempted to use cartoons to illustrate points in presentations and marketing pieces. This book gave me the pointers to make my doodles come to life with much more impact. It was well organized and brought into focus concepts that were evading my attempts to draw my own cartoons. The book made the "secrets" seem obvious and simple. This is a must have for anyone who wants their doodles to do more than just decorate the margins of their notes.

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