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Drawing Cartoons and Comics For Dummies Paperback – August 3, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Your real-world guide to creating and marketing original cartoons
Do you love comics? Want to become a cartoonist? This practical, hands-on guide is packed with step-by-step instructions and plenty of tips for creating your own cartoons. From inanimate objects to animals to aliens, you can see how to breathe life into your characters and make your cartoons stand out. Plus, you discover how to
- Master the basic building blocks — set up your workspace; start creating with pencil, ink, and pens; and fix mistakes
Get the creative juices flowing — find inspiration and formulate your cartoon idea, gag, or concept, and make it work
Create your characters — from their heads to their toes, give your characters personality and presence
Assemble your comic strip — create an effective background, plan your layout, letter your cartoons, create drama, and more
Fine-tune your work — discover the tools and techniques for digitally formatting your comics
Open the book and find:
- An overview of the different cartooning genres
Drawing techniques, such as shading and crosshatching
An exploration of body, gender, species, and character types
Tips for developing a cast of characters
The lowdown on drawing editorial cartoons
How to add color to your creations
Ten steps to a finished comic strip
Hints on breaking into the business
About the Author
Brian Fairrington is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and Time magazine, as well as on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Fairrington has won many awards, including the Charles M. Schulz award for college cartooning and the John Locher Memorial Award, given annually by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC).
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Here are just a few of the things you will learn about in this fantastic book . :
1:Getting started with cartoons and comics . (An excellent clash of examples based on the great comic creators of our time and before . Calvin and hobbes , Pogo ,Peanuts , Dilbert , ect ... Plus a little history behind the comics industry .)
2:Creating cartoon characters : (How to create humans , animals,editoral cartoon characters , ect ...)
3:Taking cartoons to the next level :(Here the author talks about placeing your comics on the interenet and introduces photoshop. )
4: How to run your own cartoon buissness . And how to get your comic strip or editoral out there for the world to see it .
There are 18 chapters in all (plus index).Those were just the tip of the iceburg .
The only problem I had with Drawing cartoons and comics for Dummies is that there wasn't (in my oppion) enough how to draw things . For example , hands are very hard to draw for people , because they can be very expressive . Suere he talked about making heads and figures , but he didn't put in how to formulate expressions , and postures .
Other then that minor flaw this book is pure gold .