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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (March 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823005879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823005871
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Fast learn and easy Clear instructions and usefull tips.
Gabriel Flores
This book really gave me new ideas to help me draw better and let me see how someone else does it.
Kevin P. Mcgovern
Really like Christopher's Hart's style for learning how to draw cartoon characters.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorey on December 31, 2006
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Hart breaks down the basics of modern character design in ways anyone could easily assimilate and recreate. This book came in handy when I taught animation to college students: being able to draw is only the first step to creating characters one can move about with ease and appeal. Hart's approach, and the examples he uses, are perfectly suited to the more modern techniques of Flash, but are also adaptable to classical animation. This book is a great find, offering practical, useful advice to those who intend to take animation seriously. I'd advise serious animation students to have it as part of their library, along with "The Illusion of Life", "Your career in Animation" by David Levy, and "The animator's Survival Kit" by Richard Williams.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Keyz Karanza on June 20, 2006
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I have purchase a good number of Chris Hart books. I have been through regular style, happy-go-lucky cartooning to comic book style to manga. I just wasn't getting the hang of them. Then I saw this book. I figured since I was a Dexter's Lab fan, I would give it a try. It was so easy for me to do! It just clicked with me.

I had found Christopher Hart books to range from well-explained to poorly-explained. This one falls deeply into the well-explained category! It explains differences in representing genders, how different types of eyes and other features can change a school girl into a sexy seductress. There are just so many tips that take the regular lessons and sort of glue them together or reinforce them.

It goes without saying that everyone is going to have one style they can do better than any other. If you have tried the others like I had, give this one a shot and don't be suprised if it is the one for you.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Willoughby on February 19, 2006
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I had to order an extra copy of "Cartoon Cool" so the students in my elementary school art class could share Chris' amazing book!

While all my K-5 students enjoy "Cartoon Cool", I find that my 3rd thru 5th grade kids learn the most about drawing based on Chris' style and instructions. Simple lines and curves, uncomplicated anatomy and basic shapes for hair and faces, all contribute to successful creations from my budding artists. The retro style is so popular now, and is a refreshing change from all the manga characters of recent years.

Thanks for another great book, Chris!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anise on January 21, 2013
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As most people reading this review probably know, Hart's books are a mixed bag. But some of them are surprisingly good if you're willing to take them as they are, and Cartoon Cool is one of those.

Basically, Hart outlines a cartooning style that isn't profound, but is a lot of fun. I don't know if I'd really call it the most retro thing you could ever imagine; it's sort of Flintstones meets Oddparents. I'd rather see something like simplified Dick Giordano/Vince Colletti.(Giordano does have a book, but I haven't heard the best reviews, and there are only so many things I'm going to spend money on!) But there are so few books really dealing with the subject of how to draw truly retro cartoon-style comics that it's nice to see anything at all.

As other reviewers have noticed, this is NOT a book about the fundamentals of drawing. This style isn't really as easy as it looks, and if you haven't already covered the basics, you'll be much more lost than you think when you pick it up. That having been said, it's a good addition to knowledge you already had. It covers the basics of how to get figures to look like this style, as well as specific groups (family, teenagers, pets, boys, girls, etc.) I could really have lived without the commentary, but there's enough in here to make it worthwhile if you skim over any irrelevant statements that annoy you (the "ADHD family" being a good example.) Overall, I'd recommend this, keeping its limitations in mind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Orozco on August 6, 2010
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I learned that I shouldn't buy books by Christopher Hart. They are not really bad, but they aren't good either.
This book is basic. It's not really bad, as it has a few drawings you can use as basis to develop your own retro style.
It consists of a few quick how-to's with step by step drawings. But the end product isn't a great drawing.

Go watch Kim Possible, or go to deviantart and you'll find better resources than what this book offers.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on April 6, 2007
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Great for 8-15 age range. Artwork is fun and isn't intimidating to novice drawers. I'm a little out of the target age range and target skill set in my opinion, but even still I did pick up some clear, concise, and insightful tidbits on the style. If anyone is looking for drawing books for their kids, I'd keep Christopher Hart's name in mind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nishioka on November 9, 2005
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This book was very enjoyable and a great deal of fun. Christopher Hart really captured the essence of retro cartoon characters and obviously how to draw them. This provided great instruction and was very entertaining. My kids loved this book!!
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This is my second Christopher Hart book, after the 'Humongous Book of Cartooning', and it's great. I love retro-style cartoons (aka anything by Genndy Tartakovsky, Kim Possible, etc) and Chris does a wonderful job of breaking down the specifics of how to draw the style, from faces to figures. It's easy to follow too - my kids have been watching me draw and picking up details like how to draw lips or eyes.

Just to be clear, this is not for beginners (though my kids are getting some great ideas from it). This is about a specific style for those who are already decent artists. I don't have a problem following the instructions but if you're picking up a pencil for the first time, this is not the book you want to start off with.

If there's one thing that I don't care for, it's the commentary, which tries too hard to be hip and funny. But I didn't buy the book for that - it simply excels in teaching the retro style.
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More About the Author

Christopher Hart is the world's best-selling author of How-To-Draw books. Readers have gobbled up over six million copies of his titles, and his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Chris has had the rare distinction of having the top 1, 2 & 3 art books in the country, simultaneously, as reported by Nielsen BookScan.

Chris is known for his ability to create cute and dramatic characters, brimming with personality. He focuses on the most contemporary styles, genres, and techniques, in order to give his readers and fans the very latest in art instruction.

He has hosted How-To-Draw episodes for Comcast's Activity TV channel and has been featured on 20 videos for Howcast. His work has been licensed to art kits, board games and sports equipment. In addition to his artwork, Chris wrote original screenplays for 20th Century Fox and other networks and was a staff writer on several NBC prime time comedies.

Chris studied art at the California School of the Arts, Paier School of Art, and the Silvermine School of Art. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

Chris loves interacting with his readers. He says, "It's a privilege to be published as a cartoonist. I'm grateful to my readers, who make it happen. So if I can give something back, by offering a little encouragement, answering a question, or giving advice, why wouldn't I?"

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