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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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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823047733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823047734
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2007
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Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist is comic art instruction Guru Christopher Hart's latest book and one of his best yet. Hart has been doing comic art instruction books for many years with a long list of titles to his credit. In this latest book, Hart tackles the modern, more simplified, and streamlined comic book art. Inspired by recent animated series such as Batman, Teen Titans, and Justice League, we are seeing more and more comics today being produced in this more simplified, animated looking style. This modern style has done a couple of things for the comic industry. First, it's far less time consuming to produce this type of art than traditional comic art...less time means less money. Second, and no knock on those artists, but obviously you can get away with somewhat less talent with this style as there is a minimum of detail required. Finally, much of this art today is being produced on computer, again saving time and money. This certainly accounts for the recent popularity of this style of art.

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.
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I've been a clandestine pencil artist all my life. I earned the nickname Xerox in high school because I could draw anything I saw. I decide to turn this into a career. I attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, but didn't graduate. There I learned some technique, but also learned what I needed was experience and exposure to a wider berth or reference material. As a comic book kid I drew with a Mid-90's Marvel comic book style.

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.
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If you have never drawn comics and are not much of an artist then this book is not for you. Being someone that does not draw very well this book did not help me much. After consulting with someone who is a beginning comic artist this book is very helpful. They were able to gain new perspective in anatomy and body stylization that they were not aware of before. So if you have been drawing a little while and want to advance your style technique then this book could be for you.
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I've enjoyed all of the Christopher Hart's books we've received so far. So nice for my daughter to be drawing super-heroes that are not dressed in suggestive outfits. She is 13 and these books are age appropriate. She uses them every day and her drawing skills are getting better and better.
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It's one thing to simplify anatomy and another thing entirely to completely ignore it.
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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My son likes this book a lot, and it has helped his drawing immensely. He was immediately able to do faces much more realistic than before, and helped him figure out how to do forward-facing feet. I think this is good intermediate step for kids who aren't quite ready for detail-heavy anatomy.
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The only bad thing about this book is consistency due to the many different artists that worked on it. With that in mind this book is well worth having and a good resource about the adventure or Bruce Timm style of drawing.
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As usual a fantastic book from Hart. Bold and simple instructions, great image examples. I fell a lot more confident that I possibly can draw when I have this book around, I love the simplified anatomy drawing style for superheroes.
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