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Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice Paperback – March 29, 2011
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Phooey. All you need, at least to start, is a pencil, a notebook, and the ability to tell a story in pictures. Look at the artwork in some of the most popular comics ever: Dilbert, for example, or Charlie Brown. The imagery has been stripped to the bare minimum, but expression, character, and plot come through intensely even with minimalist drawing. That's what Brunetti presents, in this outline for a 15-week course in cartooning. Various exercises show how to make use of tiny distinctions in marks, or to explore the world of ideas and assemble its found objects into works of art.
When it comes to the cartoonist's tools, Brunetti emphasizes that only the very best will do - and the one tool that matter's is the creative mind. Musicians play scales, athletes exercise, and actors rehearse. How could anyone think that visual storytelling could demand any less of its practitioners? Get ready for some hard work, not in creating works of wit or beauty, but in building yourself up to be the person who can.
But this is not the same, and that's absolutely a good thing. If you are interested in comics enough to be looking at this, you will probably enjoy this book. It's a syllabus, and a lesson plan, and it's entirely worth reading whether you intend to learn and practice, or whether you're just interested in the comics form.
Brunetti's introduction, plan, and suggestions are clearly words spoken from someone who has refined their approach to comics over a long time. The words are at times thoughtful and funny, and the examples and plans are well organized.
I do not draw. I read a fair amount of comics, and as a very basic self-guided study, Cartooning is a great entry-course whether you're going to use it as a jumping-off point for creating, or simply to look a little harder at what goes into making comics as unique as they are.
Another of Brunetti's books, Aesthetics: a Memoir has a lot of examples similar to those used in this book. It's a very fine companion piece to see more of what Brunetti describes in terms of approach and result.
There are NO "How to" parts, no sketch-set-ups and the like,
but there are some excellent philosophies of cartooning
and many fun and exciting sketch exercises. In no way a "how to cartoon"
book, but an enriching little text just the same.
Also, I am learning to be a better storyteller and this book's weekly lessons have been invaluable learning drawing techniques and how to lay them out in a good story format.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a course, with weekly activities. This course can be put in the category of Art Therapy.Published 2 months ago by Gerald Henthorn
This book is one of the best ever written on cartooning. All explanations are worded simply and elegantly. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by RayeRayo
Love Ivan Brunetti style of drawing figures. Thank You Lynda Barry for turning me on to this artist/teacher!Published 8 months ago by Pam McCombs
Great book with plenty of angles on how to think through a cartoon. Good resource for teachers.Published 9 months ago by Joseph P. Giunta
What a dissapointment. One would expect a cartooning book to be a good size. This book is so small my Grandson did'nt even want to bother with it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary W.
As a way of jump-starting your creative processes around the art of cartooning, look no further than this wonderful little volume by Ivan Brunetti which guides the would-be... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Joyce
Brunetti goes on for about 15 pages about being a washed up cartoonist and never tells you how to cartoon at any point. What's worse is his droning self-hating tone. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by AJB
It was for my high school senior who is a very talented cartoonist and illustrator. She said this book was perfect for her. It met her expectation and I am happy with that!Published on October 2, 2013 by Nennete