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How to Draw Comic Book Bad Guys and Gals
by Christopher Hart
Paperback: 64 pages
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 0823023729
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Without bad guys, there are no heroes. The secrets of drawing diabolical, spine-tingling characters pack this entertaining how-to designed for artists, and even kids, who aspire to be working cartoonists.
60 color and 300 b&w illustrations.
The author, Christopher Hart:
Bad guys are the key to drawing fantastic comic books. Without bad guys, there would be no interesting comic book stories; in fact, the way to measure the stature of a good guy is by the awesome power of his evil opponent! In this book, you'll learn how to get that professional edge in your drawings with razor-sharp bad guys. You'll learn what turns a good guy into a bad guy; how to use shadows to create sinister effects; how to use character acting to get your bad guys to communicate expressions; how to draw those heart-stopping bad babes; and, of course, how to draw the muscles and costumes, as well as how to lay out scenes for maximum impact. As a bonus, I've also included a section on fighting dirty -- after all, a super villain will stoop to anything just to win! He doesn't have a moral creed to follow, as does the good guy. My bet is that if you like comics and drawing comics, you'll be keenly interested in the info laid out in this book. Remember, Keep Drawing.
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How to Draw Comic Book Heroes and Villains
by Christopher Hart
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 0823022455
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Would-be cartoonists can learn how to draw heart-stopping heroes as well as vicious villains with this book featuring tips and artwork by Gray Morrow of Superman, Frank McLaughlin of Batman, and Frank Springer of Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian, among others. Pitfalls and problems that beginning artists are most likely to encounter are demonstrated.
144 illustrations, 72 in color.
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Bursting with full-color art from the likes of Frank McLaughlin (Superman) and Gray Morrow (Power Rangers), this how-to is for young adults seriously interested in illustrating comic books--the superhero type. It's generally less informative than Pellowski's book, also reviewed in this issue, and because the buxom beauties shown are occasionally in the nude, it's for an older audience. No stranger to comics (this is his fourth book on the subject), Hart introduces readers to a host of larger-than-life heroes, heroines, and villains, and, using an abundance of black-and-white sketches, demonstrates how to draw them, costume and equip them, and make them spring into action in traditional superhero fashion. The last two chapters, illustrated in a style reminiscent of family comic strips, use words and pictures to explain the comic book creation process and supply tips on job hunting in the biz.
Stephanie Zvirin
Midwest Book Review
Aspiring comic artists receive a fine how-to-draw guide which provides lessons from other comic book artists on how to draw heroes and monsters. From monster anatomy to action scenes, this includes many specific tips.
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Comic Book Women
by Christopher Hart
Paperback: 144 pages
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 082302394X
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Curvaceous women, a top subject sought by comic book publishers, are the focus of this eye-popping instructional that shows aspiring cartoonists exactly how to master drawing a bevy of fabulous females.
From basic anatomy, musculature, body positions, and action poses to facial expressions, hairstyles, and costumes, this truly invaluable and unique resource covers in great detail every aspect of depicting great-looking women for comic books.

The book also shows how to handle perspective and compose art specifically for comic book panels. In addition to chapters offering effective drawing lessons are sections on tricks of the trade, lists of comic book publishers and their submissions addresses, and interviews with industry professionals Bobby Chase of Marvel Comics and Renae Geerlings of Top Cow, who provide insiders' views of the business and give tips on how newcomers can land their first jobs in the field. Contributing illustrators have penciled and inked such famous characters as the X-Men, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Captain America, and many others.

About the Author
Christopher Hart is one of Watson-Guptill's best-selling authors, with a proven track record of phenomenal sales totaling over a half-million copies. He lives in Connecticut.

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Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy
by Christopher Hart
Paperback: 144 pages
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 0823024970
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From head to toe, the human form, in all its complexities, is visually simplified to such a degree in this remarkable workbook that even complete beginners will soon be able to draw accurate, well-proportioned faces and figures every time they try. Avoiding complex charts of muscles and bones that are more helpful to doctors than to artists, this book's refreshing approach teaches anatomy from a cartoonist/illustrator's point of view.
For example, there are many large and small muscles in the neck, all rendered in great detail in most anatomy books, but here, master teacher Christopher Hart shows only the four that are visible and need to be drawn. His clear instruction helps readers to visualize and portray shifting body weight in a pose without the need of a model, and instead of showing a mass of facial muscles and bones, he translates them into the simple planes an artist needs to draw a range of expressive faces.
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