Cartoon Cool: How to Draw New Retro-style Characters
Love that Sponge Bob? Always lurking in Dexter's lab? Wishing for Fairly Odd Parents? Millions of fans watch these shows avidly, often solely for their zingy, stylized look and hip visual jokes. Now there's a drawing book just right for everyone who admires that quirky style: Cartoon Cool. Top-selling author Christopher Hart shows beginning cartoonists, retro fans, and all other hipsters how to get that almost-1950s look in their drawings. His trademark step-by-step drawings and crystal-clear text are sure to make Saturday mornings more creative!
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... chaAadteA tA talking FACIAL EXPRESSIONS The solid shape of the face — its
outline — is so important on retro cartoon characters that it doesn't squash or
stretch to fit a particular expression the way it would in a traditionally drawn
It's sort of a mangled figure eight, but you can still simplify it so that it has a clear
outline. COOL TVPE You can squash, bend, flatten, and stretch the torso shape
any way you like. THE IDEALIZED CARTOON TRADITIONAL VS. RETRO Many ...
CLASSIC TAKE The figure stretches and thins out as the take occurs. All the
limbs straighten out — even the ears stick out! This is a lot of body movement,
and the figure will then end up bouncing back (recoiling) to its previous size.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xsherix - LibraryThing
This is a book about how to draw the retro cartoons. I was a bit disappointed because I thought it would include more than it did. Nonetheless, it is a good buy and will teach you how to draw a few characters. Read full review
NiceUser Review - algedonic - Overstock.com
Very good resource on the 50s look and how to achieve it in cartoon drawing.Looking forward to completing all the exercises and seeing what I end up with the book makes each drawing look easy by breaking it down to its component steps. Read full review
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Cartoon Cool: How to Draw the New Retro Characters of Today's Cartoons
Limited preview - 2014