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Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist: How to Draw the New Streamlined Look of Action-Adventure Comics! Paperback – May 15, 2007
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Hart takes a step-by-step approach to his instructions. On one page he shows an example of a piece of art done in traditional style and next to it, the same piece done in the simplified style. Basically this is simply a matter of less definition being added to the character. Less muscle definition, fewer or no bone structure outlines to the face and body, hair designed as "one piece" as opposed to drawing several lines of hair and curls, etc...The examples are striking in their sheer minimalism.
Now, this isn't merely a matter of taking out lines, but rather a complexly different approach to drawing figures. There's a whole change in thinking about how to construct the anatomy in this approach. Remember, you're not going for realism anymore.Read more ›
My departed wife had the great idea for me to turn her into a comic book character. Now that she gone that idea hasn't left me. She also left me with the greatest comic book writer of the 21st Century, our 6 yr/old son. I'm taking all the joy and the pain of losing Mommy and turning into comic book adventures.
While watching cartoons with with my son he asked if I could draw like that? The more simplified style he sees on TV. I bought this book as reference, and I'm very glad i did. Not only am I learning a new style, but I'm learning how to translate my old style into this one. In the end making me a better artist.
Many of the images look like Hart takes direction from Rob Liefield (infamous for completely misunderstanding anatomy in comic books).
If you want to learn about basic anatomy and then simplifying it, do NOT go with Christopher Hart. He will give you gumby people that all look exactly the same.
ETA 4/26/15: If you want to see more examples of how Hart draws women in particular, see eschergirls.tumblr.com/ They have tons of examples that reflect the type of art Hart ascribes to.
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very good service and the book is what it was expected to bePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great book for beginners who want to learn comic book drawing. It takes the anatomy of the body part by part and addresses the issue that all artists have when giving a character... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jasmine Peek
Very good when wanting to learn this particular superhero art style. I wouldn't mind if there were a few more exercises to practice on getting a body part or angle down.Published 7 months ago by Matt w/ 2Ts
Good author, Love his books! Very informative and fun to read and easy to learnPublished 10 months ago by Shaer
I bought this for my 10-year-old grandson after he showed me the superhero pictures he'd drawn while at school, copying his friends' style. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Horsfall