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DRAW CARTOONS (article first published : 2007-01-14)

Written by three professional cartoonists; Noel Ford, Pete Dredge and Steve Chadburn, Draw Cartoons is a well organised step by step guide offering basic techniques that even the most artistically challenged person can follow and teach themselves to draw marvellous cartoons.

The stage by stage process will set you on your way to making your own original cartoons. It guides you through the advantages and disadvantages of various tools, from the correct paper to digital technology.

The hands on approach with the aid of examples and helpful guidance on scripting single panels and comic strips as well as creating effective political cartoons will launch you on your way to employing your drawing skills more effectively, so that your cartoon humans, animals and inanimate objects can live, breathe and develop personalities of their own.

Draw Cartoons guide is achievable and therefore confidence-boosting to any aspiring artist and is suitable for all ages. Easy to follow instructions explain everything from the basics of drawing human and animal figures to innovative uses of shading and light, utilising exaggeration and caricature, and portraying humour and emotion and movement.

The layout is easy on the eye and littered with humorous illustrations, which propel you to pick up a pencil and start creating your own characters.

It finally concludes with exercises, a self-evaluation section, and even advice on selling your art. If you want to learn to draw for your own personal use, to brush up on you skills, or to become a professional cartoonist, Draw Cartoons is an invaluable aid.

Draw Cartoons is published in soft cover and retails at R99.95. ISBN: 1845374177. Kate MacIldowie




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