Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw is a how-to book that covers the fundamentals of drawing cartoons. Originally published in 1994, the 144-page book by Christopher Hart has become a best seller for the publishing company. Topics include:
- Breezing through the basics: head construction
- Body construction
- How to draw hands
- The Casting Department: costumes and props
- the art of character design
- Animal construction and size charts
- Principles of layout
- Sample layouts
- Weather conditions, light, and dark
- Windows, ice, glasses and water
- The Special Effects lab
- Special effects for expressions and poses
- Cartoon sound effects
- Choosing color and samples of finished cartoons
- Horizons: looking to tomorrow
Each topic is broken down into several sub-topics that usually occupy one or two pages with large, easy-to-see drawings that illustrate each point. For example, on the subject of how to draw hands, the book discusses three-fingered hands versus four-fingered hands, the bones inside the hands, hand poses, balloon-style hands, hands holding objects like silverwear and drawing so that hands are hidden.
The "Horizons: looking to tomorrow" section at the end of the book briefly discusses the related fields of animation, comic strips, spot gags (a one-panel cartoon with a punchline), advertising and illustrating childrens' books.
Back cover description Edit
- Written by a master cartoonist whose boundless enthusiams is evident on every page, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw is a complete course for beginners, as well as a great tool for more advanced cartoonists. Christopher Hart tells you everything you need to know to tell a joke visually, from the effective use of layout, light, and shading to techniques for conveying emotions. He shows you, step-by-step, how to find your own drawing style, develop a cast of characters, and use props and backgrounds to create a world for them.
Publisher's description Edit
- Written by a master cartoonist with a combination of wit (which every cartoonist needs) and invaluable advice, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw is the ultimate cartooning book. It serves as a complete course for beginners as well as a great tool for the most advanced cartoonist. Author Christopher Hart covers everything a cartoonist needs to know to tell a joke visually, from the effective use of layout, light, and shading to the techniques of conveying emotion. There are lessons in drawing characters in reaction shots and “takes,” indicating specific settings such as underwater and nighttime scenes, and depicting various weather conditions. There is even an entire chapter devoted to creating special effects—from speed to explosions. Of special importance, Hart shows cartoonists how to find their own drawing style and how to develop a cast of characters.
- Written with boundless enthusiasm, this friendly yet authoritative book is filled with appealing, original comic strips and gags that Hart created especially to illustrate his lessons. Every artist who wants to draw cartoons will appreciate the insider’s knowledge and tricks of the trade that Hart shares in this comprehensive sourcebook.