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The Ultimate Character Design Book
Chris Hart’s how-to-draw books have sold in the several millions of copies. Now, in his latest, he delivers detailed instructions, inspiring ideas, and invaluable tips for creating appealing and original manga-style characters. Character design is the key to success in comic books and animated films, and with this clear step-by-step guide, it’s a skill that can be quickly learned. Starting with the basics—body types, facial features, costumes, and expressions—Chris shows how to draw a hyper kid, bratty teen, lovable pooch, cool rapper, and many other distinctive types. Then, he takes the reader on a guided tour in search of original characters in places that range from suburban malls to the glitter and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Chris Hart is a star in the drawing-book world. His mega-selling Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics quickly became the #1 selling art book in the country, with sales topping 165,000 copies. It also won the prestigious New Jersey Library Association’s Garden State Teen Book Award in the category of nonfiction for grades 6-12. Drawing Cutting Edge Comics, has sold more than 90,000 copies. His recent Manhwa Mania, was chosen by the ALA as one of its “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers” for 2006, ages 12-18. Hart’s work has been featured in such publications as American Artist, Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Mad Magazine, Highlights for Children, Crayola Kids, Ranger Rick, and Boy’s Life, as well as on television and the web.