Monstrously Funny Cartoons by Christopher Hart

Book description:

Aspiring artists learn all the drawing tips and tricks they need to create laugh-out-loud renditions of their favorite monsters and scary creatures direct from cartooning master Christopher Hart. This jam-packed cartooning guide shows readers how to capture the lighter side of these creepy creatures by combining them with Hart’s incredibly popular cartoon drawing style! Taking readers step-by-step through each monster type, Hart demonstrates how to draw everything from terrifyingly silly heads to wacky comic strip-like scenes of monstrous menace. Chockful of hints, humor, and horror, The Ginormous Book of Monster Cartoons is guaranteed to be a real scream for aspiring and professional artists, as well as all fans of things that go bump in the night.

My review:

This book is everything you could want in an instructional cartooning book.  The illustrations are clear and easy to follow and duplicate, even for someone who is not a natural artist.  The directions are broken down into step by step descriptions.  An added bonus is the commentary is humorous and adds to the light-hearted look at drawing cartoons.

The best part about this book is that it teaches techniques for drawing that can be used in all future drawing projects.  For example, Hart advises artists to leave a gap between thumb and fingers when the hand in the cartoon is holding something.  Such a small detail, but it really makes a difference in creating realistic images.

This book is appropriate for artists of all ages, as the cartoons are whimsical instead of scary and funny instead of sinister.  If you can draw a circle, an oval, and a square, you can duplicate the cartoons in this book.  If you are looking for a book to improve your artistic skills, or those of someone you know, this is an excellent choice!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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