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How to Draw Animation: Learn the Art of Animation from Character Design to Storyboards and Layouts Paperback – September 1, 1997

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823023656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023653
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is not for people who are interested in becomingserious animators. The book seems to be geared towards children whoare interested in how animation works. So if you are a seriousanimation student I would have to warn you to stay clear of this book. However, this is a good book to give the little kiddies on how animation works. On the bases of it being a Childrens book about animation I would have to give it 5 stars. Since I am sort of an animator in training I would have to give it 2 stars for content. Why? You ask because the content is very brief and does not go into much detail. ...
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I find myself constantly going back to this book, above all my other books on cartooning and animation, to see how certain techniques are done. There's a ton of extremely well-crafted cartoons and figures shown in the book. Christopher Hart writes clearly and intelligently, and addresses issues any animator or cartoonist must grapple with in order to break past personal plateaus in artistic development.
I constantly refer to this book as a guide for basic animal and human movement, as well as for ideas for character creation. Christopher Hart's characters sparkle with a certain magical quality that is, in my opinion, the hallmark of a truly gifted artist.
I'm pleased to say that I've made tremendous progress in my own work since using this book.
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I was extremely disappointed in this book. It has very little real content and the book only touches very briefly on many topics. The concepts contained in the book could have been written on 3 sheets of paper. My guess it is written for children to see some of the animation concepts
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I am 14 years old and want to become an animator when I grow up and I got this book and read it cover to cover and loved it. It really explained the basic techniques and had some great tips and tricks to animation. I also have other Chis Hart books that I just love. These include: "How To Draw Cartoon Animals" and "Chistopher Hart's Portable Animation Studio." Chris Hart is a great artist and auther and I would suggest his books to anyone who is interested in cartooning or animation. Eric Wold
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I really enjoyed How to Draw Animation. It covered a wide range of topics from the basics, to creating your own characters, to making your characters walk and run, to the animation process. I think this book is a good guide to animation for anyone; whether it's just a hobby or a possible career interest. The book is brimming with beautiful illustrations and clear instructions. Anyone who loves animation should go out and buy this book.
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This is a very accessible overview of animation principles and easier to assimilate than some of its competition. That being the case, it also covers the topic less thoroughly than some of its competition. The Disney influence is unmistakable. That's sort of bizarre given how few noteworthy modern cartoons use that style. The large number of pages devoted to drawing 1800s style characters is inexplicable. Exactly why the target audience would want that and not, for example, guidance about medieval knights or futuristic spacemen is beyond me. Overall it's a good animation *primer*. I think some of the reviews are overly harsh or from people not generally familiar with the simplicity of Chris Hart's instructional approach (and therefore surprised and put off by it).
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