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Cartoon Cool: How to Draw New Retro-Style Characters Paperback – April 1, 2005
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing book, and filled with help on creating this awesome cartooning style!Published 15 days ago by William McDonald
This book is 100% fun, we all really enjoyed it, the descriptions are very helpful too.Published 3 months ago by Dante
Good author, Love his books! Very informative and fun to read and easy to learn,,,,I was disappointed at how fast this book fell apart, however. It was more than slightly used.Published 5 months ago by Shaer
This book is small but it is loaded with awesome art and tutorials that can turn you into a pro in no time.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Chris Hart's books. They are always easy to follow and full of great content. This is no exception. It is a lovely introduction to Retro cartooning style.Published 15 months ago by Andrew of the Far North
I was hoping for a little more SHAG, a little less Phineas & Ferb, but the instruction is fantastic. Got me drawing again after many years of stagnation.Published 18 months ago by Kathy Williams
Really like Christopher's Hart's style for learning how to draw cartoon characters.Published 18 months ago by soakingwetcat