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Drawing Crime Noir: For Comics and Graphic Novels Paperback – July 1, 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Same problem affects all books, written by Mr. Hart - they're amazing, if you will look at them as just coffee table books. Unfortunately, they're marketed as books that are supposed to teach you how to draw and it won't happen, judging by the fact that there are very few comments related to drawing process itself.
So 1 star for marketing, 4 (or 5) stars for pictures.
My advice is this - borrow it from the library, but don't spend 20 dollars on it, unless you want a coffee table book.
Hart begins the book with advice on drawing male and female faces and getting that tough, chiseled jaw and piercing eyes of the strong male character, and the pouty, shiny lips of the female characters. Next up is the full figure itself and the clothes and getting the wrinkles and folds in clothes to make them match the particular pose of the character.
One of the key elements of noir art is the use of shadow and this is something that Steranko covered in great detail when we spoke. The lighting, shading, angles of view and perspective is something he lays out like a movie director in his work. Hart shows readers the difference in drawing shadows correctly, and drawing them for dramatic effect. You'll be amazed at how much difference this subtle change can make in the art. You'll also see how to correctly draw shadows on different surfaces such as cobblestone streets or when in water.
Chapter three covers "Sinful Women" and it will certainly be perhaps the most popular chapter in the book, Guys love drawing gorgeous, dangerous women. Hart presents several different female archetypes with the usual characteristics. Tough women, "working gals", nightclub singers, etc. Getting those women just right can make or break an artist.Read more ›
This book offers a number of interesting sections: discussions of character, clothing and accessories, drawing composition, and, of course, the all-important chiaroscuro shading. However, nice to look at as all of this is, little of it is really "teachable" - in other words, this book talks a good game, but frequently doesn't really "show" you, step-by-step, how to develop principles in creating your own scenes. Probably the most useful section is on drawing costumes for femme fatale characters - it will help a great deal those who are having difficulty drawing the more "cutting edge" fashions. Most disappointing is what one might think would be the most important section, the one on shading. It shows you some different shading options, but doesn't really delve helpfully in how to apply these principles across the board.
Overall, this is a well illustrated book, but it lacks a really hands-on, helpful tutorial style. Definitely for artists of the intermediate skill level and above.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well written and informative with just enough entertainment value to keep the reader from becoming bored with learning...Published 16 months ago by Cliff Wells
This was a great read and a great instructional aide both. The art and narrative were witty, in genre and easily informed to the point. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The Lone Comic
I like the whole style of this book. it not only teach how draw in this style but also how to make the weapons easier & even a guide on how to do clothing wrinkles.Published on January 6, 2013 by Terrell
The product is as I've choosen to buy it
It's a descreet introduction comics manual, not the best in its kind
Some crucial issues are treated in a too brief and reductive... Read more
This is one of the best "how-to" art books I've owned. It's less about pretentious anatomy lessons and more about making kick-butt images. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Joey
it is so wonderful and informative that the next two things i drew were the best ive drawn in my life. Its just really great.Published on May 14, 2011 by RoyaN
So the art is fine, that's not the problem. The problem is there's really no useful instruction. You're better just looking at comic book art in an actual comic book. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by J.P. Hibbs.