Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today's Popular Cartoons
Watson-Guptill, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
nyone interested in mastering the style of the cartoons seen on TV, in comics and movies today will want to check out this book. Especially designed for beginners,
breaks down each step and takes the reader through all the fundamental art techniques necessary to create some polished and professional looking characters.
I'll show you how to draw great-looking characters right away,
' writes the author. '
The trick is to learn how to draw the basic head shapes and apply facial features from a wide selection of the most popular types in cartooning today. You'll start with a circle, then discover new shapes. I'll show you how to mold the head into new and unique shapes to convey humorous and highly entertaining attitudes.
he book's chapters include
Basic Head Shape
Moving Beyond the Basic Head Shape
Medium Shots: The Best, Most Overlooked Angle
The Universal Body Type
Putting Your Characters Together
Different Body Types
Adding Important Details
Saving The Best For Last: Stuff You Won't Learn in Art School
s with any guide of this nature, the step-by-step instructions and diagrams will determine how successful the reader is in reproducing or creating the type of character the author is trying to teach. There are enough diagrams and written instructions here that even the beginning artist/cartoonist should be fairly successful. Like anything else – practice makes perfect so expect to spend some time perfecting your drawings!
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