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Drawing Cartoons and Comics For Dummies Paperback – August 3, 2009
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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 .
Most books on sketching and cartooning provide page upon page of examples to see and follow. This book, Drawing and Cartooning for Dummies, has impressive amount of textual information stuffed in. However, it provides very little in the way of cartoon figures to mimic or aspire to compared to similar, albeit thinner books. The first 85 pages hardly have not a single illustration! (It's all about different cartoon genres.)
Later on there one or two examples on drawing nearly everything. (including many inanimate objects. (I have no interest in drawing cartoon couches or TVs).
I am disappointed since I expected a book with hundreds or at least many dozens of cartoons of people. (In contrast I've seen "teaching books" with too *many* illustrations lacking any instruction on HOW to draw which are just as bad in their way.)
I am sure I can learn a lot from this book but I would have preferred a book that contains multiple sample cartoon styles of different age people and genders since artist's styles vary a great deal. Oh well.
It was delivered very quickly.
anything that was missed for a beginner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to teach me the fundamentals of drawing political cartoons. It did the job.
I could not be happier with the book and the outcome. It is for a beginner.
My 25 year old son got this book along with art supplies. He is a gifted artist and has his own cartoon designs. He was very pleased.Published on January 18, 2014 by HollisHodges
well I'm keeping this book for a very very long time all those cartoons i see i want to draw.Published on September 22, 2013 by aj
I bought this for my art class as a drawing book to work on when they finish all their projects. It just has too much info and not enough examples. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Lynda R. Hendrick
Nice push for anyone interested in this funny field about how to express any opinion with a pencil and some markers as a side kick!,Published on April 3, 2013 by James Hierro