Cartoon Cool: How to Draw the New Retro Characters of by Christopher Hart

By Christopher Hart

Love that Sponge Bob? constantly lurking in Dexter’s lab? Wishing for relatively abnormal mom and dad? thousands of fanatics watch those indicates avidly, usually exclusively for his or her zingy, stylized glance and hip visible jokes. Now there’s a drawing publication fantastic for everybody who admires that quirky kind: comic strip Cool. Top-selling writer Christopher Hart exhibits starting cartoonists, unfashionable enthusiasts, and all different hipsters the best way to get that almost-1950s glance of their drawings. His trademark step by step drawings and crystal-clear textual content are bound to make Saturday mornings extra artistic!

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YES! Never show the neck of a rich character. Cover it with either a turtleneck or an ascot. A character whose neck slopes forward usually looks better with a slack jaw and no chin. You can take this type of character as far as you like. You can cast him as a good student; a brilliant scholar; or, with the correct expression, a world-dominationdesiring supergenius. He should have a very big head for the extra room his skull needs to house his superior brain (notice how the back of his head bulges), a puny body, and large glasses.

This is true not only in cartoons but in real life. 29 The female torso is basically a very simplified, rounded diamond, so start with a simple diamond shape. 30 Now that you're familiar with how the major sections of the body are assembled, you can put it all together to make a finished figure. With this female character, I've separated the torso from the hips just a bit on the construction drawing to stretch the midsection slightly, because she wears clothing that emphasizes that area. This is just one of the many ways that you can make small adjustments in the construction of a character to tailor it to your needs.

The younger the character, the deeper the curve of the forehead Yes, it's sisterly love at its finest. This stare lets you know that you're probably going to be the subject of an evil experiment in the pretend science lab. It's a well-established comedic technique to take one type of character and dress her in the opposite type of costume for her personality. The malevolent sister, therefore, is dressed up in a pretty bows and ringlets, which don't do a thing to soften her! Quite the contrary, the contrast heightens her crabbiness and makes her all the more amusing.

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