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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.
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This is a clear, concise, & accessible book for all interested in cartooning. Brunetti provides instructions and a coursework style presentation which allows the reader to develop... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Sullivan
This is a course, with weekly activities. This course can be put in the category of Art Therapy.Published 8 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 10 months ago by RayeRayo
Love Ivan Brunetti style of drawing figures. Thank You Lynda Barry for turning me on to this artist/teacher!Published 13 months ago by Pam McCombs
Great book with plenty of angles on how to think through a cartoon. Good resource for teachers.Published 15 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 21 months ago by Mary W.
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