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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Cartoon Connections Press (August 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965713644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965713641
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 5-8. The Barnharts, artists both (Duane is a professional cartoonist), have added 400 new illustrations to this edition of their cartooning primer, first published in 1997. A lot of kids will skip the illustrated cartoon time line, which is pretty slight anyway, and go right to the technical stuff, appropriately introduced by a cartoon character called No. 2 (as in No. 2 pencil). Step-by-step directions for drawing heads--straight-on, in profile, and looking up, down, and sideways--lead off, followed by tips on creating facial expressions, body poses, hand movements, and several popular animals, along with hints on putting together single-panel cartoons and strips. Aside from some information on perspective, there's not much on backdrops, and there's nothing about manga. But kids (even teens and adults) who want guidance in traditional cartooning and character development will find solid instruction, encouragement, and loads of inspiration and examples to copy. The bibliography wants updating, but that's a small problem in an otherwise wonderful beginner's guide. Stephanie Zvirin
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Gr. 5-8. The Barnharts, artists both (Duane is a professional cartoonist), have added 400 new illustrations to this edition of their cartooning primer, first published in 1997. A lot of kids will skip the illustrated cartoon time line...and go right to the technical stuff, appropriately introduced by a cartoon character called No. 2 (as in No. 2 pencil). Step-by-step directions for drawing heads--straight-on, in profile, and looking up, down, and sideways--lead off, followed by tips on creating facial expressions, body poses, hand movements, and several popular animals, along with hints on putting together single-panel cartoons and strips...kids (even teens and adults) who want guidance in traditional cartooning and character development will find solid instruction, encouragement, and loads of inspiration and examples to copy. --Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist, November 2004, American Library Association

Cartooning Basics strikes a perfect balance between the "how-to"; of drawing cartoons and the "aha!"; if generating creative ideas for cartooning. Going beyond step-by-step copying, Duane Barnhart, provides kids with the techniques and inspiration needed to be their own original and skilled cartoon artists. I wanted to grab a pencil and go! --Susan Rotilie, Program Manager for School Programs Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN, 1994

I didn't even wait 'til I got home! Duane Barnhart's Cartooning Basics is so fun, so irresistible, so empowering to a drawing-novice like me, that I began to experiment immediately and am still at it. He has found the delicate balance of great teaching&emdash;a gentle encouraging beginning for people at any skill level, and excellent quality to challenge me for years to come. Wham! Pow! Thanks Duane for getting me started so well in a new art form. --Eric Booth, Faculty of Juilliard and The Kennedy Center for the Arts

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My seven year old daughter recieved this book as a gift and just loves it!
Dave D
The information and illustrations were perfect and allowed the students, and me, to build on drawing skills that had been learnt previously.
Patricia Prociv
I have been cartooning for over 40 years and I still thought that this was an excellent book for anyone who wants to do cartoons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave D on September 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
My seven year old daughter recieved this book as a gift and just loves it! She has never felt very comfortable in her artistic abilities and this book has provided her with the instruction she needed to build up her confidence. She practices with the book almost daily and now insists on making everyone's birthday cards using characters out of the book and ones she has created on her own. It was such a great gift that we now give it as a gift; along with a pad of drawing paper, a fun pencil and an eraser, it is always a big hit!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Cartooning Basics is an award-winning, step-by-step cartooning guidebook for doodlers age 7 and up. Though the simple illustrations and plain-terms instructions are readily accessible to young people, they are equally instructive to amateur adults seeking to hone their cartooning skills and learn how to create cartoon characters. Now in an enlarged and revised format with a foreward by Jim Davis, creator of "Garfield", Cartooning Basics covers how to get ideas for 'toons, common symbols, especial tips for expressions and facial features, showing distance, depth, and perspective, and much more, while the many, many illustrations demonstrate how all cartoons begin as a collection of simple shapes, from which details are elaborated. Highly recommended for practicing artistic techniques or just plain drawing fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Prociv on November 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to use as an extension to a portrait module I was doing with year 8. The information and illustrations were perfect and allowed the students, and me, to build on drawing skills that had been learnt previously. Initally I got them to do some of the books exercises they then created a character which was developed into a comic strip.
My 10 year old grandson also enjoyed drawing and developing his own cartoon characters using information from the book.
Recommended for anyone looking for useful information on cartooning.
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By cdub on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I am searching for an illustrated howto in any subject, I usually head straight to the children's section at the local library. That's where I found this 4th edition. It's nothing short of great for the aspiring cartoonist - child to adult. It is targeted at ages 7 and up, but it helped me to grasp key concepts like the positioning of eyes relative to the age of the character. It is a fantastic introduction to all the basic aspects of cartooning, and you will definitely be at the next level after completing the enjoyable examples.
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We received Duane Barnhart's book "Cartooning Basics" on Saturday, and my son hasn't been able to put his pencil down! The book is filled with easy step-by-step illustrations for drawing a variety of expressions and poses for your characters. I bought my son a sketch pad to go along with the book. He was drawing again this morning before school! This book will provide many hours of entertainment for my son this summer. Thank-you Duane!
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