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How to Draw Cartoons for Comic Strips (Christopher Hart Titles) Paperback – September 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Series: Christopher Hart Titles
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823023532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023530
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,351 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.

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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Customer Reviews

I was very impressed with the content of the book.
Ken Pruchniewski
This book gives good details on drawing that is easy to follow and understand.
Artist_2000
I fully recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to draw.
Semiasl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
A few years ago, on a whim, I decided to start drawing. I didn't know where to begin so I bought this book. I really believed I couldn't draw. The techniques in this book were so easy to learn that soon I went from drawing stick figures to expressive cartoon characters. My confidence went up and I took on more complicated projects. Now, I work part-time doing illustrations and it all started here!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BlueSquares on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book. He displays how to cartoon men, women, children, elderly and many types of animals. He does it in an extremely visual way that even a child could follow along. This book is packed with 95% illustrations and 5% text. To me, that's a winner. The 5% text that is in there is invaluable. The print is nice and large and easy to read. I am very happy I bought this book. It is a keeper.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michele Leyland on September 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
From the beginning of this book to the end, it is filled with (finally) basic, step-by-step instructions on drawing cartoon people, body parts, the "action line", body language and style. And then it starts all over again with animals! Mostly dogs, cats, and different fowl, it also includes less common animals, like beaver, porcupine, raccoon and many sea animals. Can't forget the great alligators and dragon. Finally, the book spends time on placing the characters, reference lines and specialty shots and the all-important "balloon". Another great one by C. Hart. I think I own most of his books and they are all worth great merit, better than the other books I've seen out there by far.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of "how to draw cartoons" books, and all of Christopher Hart's books rank very high. This book is the best place to start, covering the basics of figures, placement within panels, and other technical jiggery-pokery. This book leads naturally to his more detailed work, "Drawing on the Funny Side of the Brain."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luisa Felix on January 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is mostly about HOW to design cartoon characters,
and some panels and Talk-Balloons. The "basics".---- But the
book that gets into actually drawing comic-strips is "DRAWING
ON THE FUNNY SIDE OF THE BRAIN". And also "EVERYTHING YOU EVER
WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CARTOONING BUT WERE AFRAID TO DRAW" all
of these by Christopher Hart. But above all, the "MAKING COMICS
Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels" by
Scott Mc Cloud. These books which I bought at Amazon.com helped
me tremendously on improving my own comic-strip "CANDY BLONDELL".
It gave me details on HOW to improve the drawing and my way of
thinking. It made the comic-strip come "alive" and be more
"precise". I strongly recommend that you buy these books to improve
your own comic-strips as it did for mine. These books are worth having.
----- Luisa Felix, FelixHoboken@aol.com
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Artist_2000 on March 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for any beginning artist or anyone else wanting to learn cartooning. Chris Hart publishes some of the best books on art that I've ever seen. This book gives good details on drawing that is easy to follow and understand. All in all, this is one book that should be in every artist's library.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Christopher Hart has truly done an excellent job with this book. Filled to the rim with illustrations, techniques, explanations and inside information, if you've ever wanted to learn about humorous illustration or cartooning, put this on your list. You'll be glad you did. :o)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Elias on October 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first book on the topic of cartooning I've ever bought when I was 10 years old and let me tell you, I'm still either learning something new from this book or finding other uses from the examples (i.e creating GIF animations with the examples. If anyone is interested in watching them, I've posted them on youtube). It's chock full of beautifully illustrated examples covering the whole gamut: men, women, children, animals, places, things and there's also a section on how to put it all together and create your very own comic strips. He is one of the few authors who teaches you to fish and not just gives you a piece of fish. It is safe to say whether the author intended it or not, he utilizes the bare minimum of words to teach so that you can get right down to business and get your hands dirty doing what you love to do IMMEDIATELY. Even if you're not satisfied with the book (or you lost the passion for drawing), you can give it to your kids as it also makes for a great coloring book.
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