Make a face—a funny face! The personality of a cartoon character begins with the face: the head, the features, the expressions. Get that right and you can create a memorable personality. Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart presents the ultimate tutorial on the topic in masterful detail, covering characters both male and female, from babies to adults, in all shapes and sizes. His accessible, step-by-step demonstrations go through all the features and explain how to build a character. Explore appealing cartoon head types; see how to create a variety of eyes, brows, mouths, and popular hairstyles; and learn how to turn the head in different directions while maintaining a character's visual integrity. An introductory section discusses essential shading techniques while a bonus section shows the basics of drawing the entire body.
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Renowned for his friendly, accessible teaching style, Christopher Hart is the world's bestselling author of drawing, manga, and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 3.5 million English-language copies and been translated into more than 20 languages. He lives in Westport, CT.Review:
“In this fun and colorful guide to creating cartoon characters, Hart (Manga for the Beginner; Modern Cartooning) walks readers through the basics of drawing heads, features of the face, expressions, and how the face moves; and how and what to exaggerate or distort for maximum comic effect. He also discusses the expressive power of hair and demonstrates a few techniques for shading and depicting three-dimensionality. Hart encourages readers to explore their cartoon inventiveness with dozens of simple exercises throughout the book. Most important, over the course of the activities, readers will learn how to draw an individual character convincingly and consistently through a range of different angles. VERDICT: Although the ideal audience here is children and younger teens, artists of any age wishing to reconnect with their sense of whimsy can enjoy this guide.” — Library Journal
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