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Product Details

  • Series: Drawing Cutting Edge
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823023974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023974
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,155 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.

Customer Reviews

I don't quite agree with the section on composition.
BDC
I'm not a professional I'm far from it, I'm just getting started with comic book drawing and this is the best book I've found thus far on the subject.
Dane
I recommend getting how to draw comic books from diffirent artist, so you can no difirfent styles and techniques....
bruce j coleman

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mad Track on February 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
The good thing about this book is that most basic drawing ideas are covered: faces, basic anatomy, and perspective. One of the articles I particularly like is the drawing comparison between different top artists (from using the same reference). It gives an idea of how to develop your own unique style rather than copying someone elses. The focus in the "cutting edge" comic market today is to give a "dark" feeling. Hence inking is exaggerated and skin tones are darker (compare Witchblade to Wonder Woman and you'll know what I mean). If you're interested in these aspects of drawing, then this book will give you a taste that no current other book can offer.
Despite the uniqueness of this book, the problem is that book is NOT a stand-alone (all-in-one) guide to drawing "Top-Cow" and "Chaos" style comics. If you are a newbie in drawing, then this book is more eye-candy than an aid to help you. You will have difficulties reaching Al Rio's level of quality on this book alone. There are little step-by-step instructions or diagrams. Since there are different artists contributing to different sections of the book, it can be a distraction. No offense, but I don't really think Chris Hart's artwork is "cutting edge." It looks rather cartoony as another reviewer said. Hence, I think this book can be better streamlined and edited. In addition, there should be more about shading, more about anatomy and poses, and more about creating impact. I think Andy Smith's "Drawing Dynamic Comics" has better basics than this book. In fact, it would be good to pick up that book as well because it gives a different perspective from another author. In any event, this book tries to do too much. I would rather have this book dump all the "basic stuff" and dig deeper into the advanced stuff.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jay A. Goemmer on August 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The comic book equivalent of "extreme" sports. While comic book figures are obviously drawn "larger than life," this book takes that technique well over the top. If you're not distracted by recurring illustrations of women with proportions which don't remotely resemble reality (augmention notwithstanding), you won't mind this book.

Instead, I recommend Hart's books "How to Draw Comic Book Heroes and Villains" for a less "extreme" treatment of his method, and "Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy" for general guidelines on drawing the human figure without a live model, and checking the proportions of your subject by "internal" reference.

Others have suggested "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" (1978) instead, and I concur. I also highly recommend "The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics" by Klaus Janson (2003) as a companion volume.

Make sure you look at this one in the bookstore before deciding to buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Fizer on September 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
An accessible reference point, Drawing Cutting Edge comics is not a how-to book. For the most part, Hart tends to touch on topics without actually elaborating on them(as if he is writing because he has to and not simply because he wants to). From a reference vantage point, this book contains excellent material on basic anatomy and facial structure--including an extensive section regarding the face drawn from varying angles, etc. Also helpful for both beginning and advanced artists is the four page spread on drawing hands and feet in different positions. Hart attempts to present a comprehensive chapter on drawing more seductive females and will again this is good reference material, realize that Hart's females are simply cookie cutter models. You'll notice he uses the same body types and faces and only changes the hairstyle and costume. While it's a good section for those beginning to draw female comic characters, you'll need to keep in mind to create a more diverse selection of characters in your own work. Beyond that, the remainder of the book is basically Hart's take on creating unique characters. Yet again, while there are some good learning tips to be found, his characters are anything but unique and it is better to focus on your own creations while perhaps using Hart's illustration as a rough guide. Roughly one-sixth of this book is dedicated to "interviews" with artists, etc. which unfortunately fall short in that they only tell you what you already know and don't shed any new light on breaking into the comic world. At the end, there is a noteworthy selection on transforming comic book characters into tv animation characters. So in conclusion, while this book is not the pinnacle of artistic instruction, it does provide reference for several key elements of the trade.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny on October 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Drawing Cutting Edge Comics" has been the best drawing book I have seen on the market by Chris Hart in a long time. Totally blows his other books away! How ever, it's more for ppl who already know how to draw human anatomy...a.k.a they don't show you how to draw the human body in motion like "How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way." This book is def. like a book for ppl who are serious about going into the Comic Book Industry. It's a must buy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Well, what can I say but Chris Hart has totally outdone his previous books! This book is an excellent source of information with art and tips from pros from company's such as Top Cow and Chaos comics. There is even a small section on coloring with a 2 page comic preview of Bad Kitty (Chaos) at the end. The best book on the market I have ever seen. I myself am a freelance comic book artist and I give this book a 5/5!
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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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