Happy Saturday everyone!
Today, I'm reviewing my first book, Monstrously Funny Cartoons by Christopher Hart.
Jess actually gave me this book to review awhile ago, but my cousin and I got so carried away with doing the funny/cool drawings, I just got around to finishing the review! Trust me guys, you want this book!
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Watson-Guptill (first published January 1st 2014)
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Cartooning master Christopher Hart teaches aspiring artists all the drawing tips and tricks they need to create laugh-out-loud renditions of their favorite monsters and scary creatures. 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, Monstrously Funny 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.
So when I came across Monstrously Funny Cartoons, a how-to-drawing book by Christopher Hart, I was very happy. Not just because it’s a tutorial book to draw really cool creatures, but it also is easy to follow. As someone who can’t even draw a stick-figure properly, I find it necessary to have an easy direction list in order to learn to draw.
Not only does this instructional guide achieve this purpose, it also goes above and beyond with the selection of creatures. Yes, there are zombies and mummies and vampires. But there are also aliens. Not just your normal, one-eyed green creature. There are retro aliens, aliens with human jobs, and aliens based on different shapes. Your average King Tut is paired with diabolical laughing mummy, the mummy walk, and my personal favorite: the mummy pet. Zombies are presented not as mindless flesh-eaters, but as a goofy suburbia family with caffeine loving friends! The variations of creatures in this book are numerous, and are sure to get you into the monster drawing game.
One thing that I enjoyed a lot, was the amount of context and information in this book. From the beginning, Hart provides the reader with backstory on the monster theme in American culture. He accompanies directions to draw with reasons on why the way you draw the monster makes or breaks the creature. For example, he illustrates and explains how a zombie’s teeth “should look as if he spent a few days chewing on bricks”. He also introduced many one-liners (of which I am a huge fan of) in this guide as well, reminding us that comedy NEVER decays (ha ha I made a funny).
A how-to via Christopher Hart:
About the author:
CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.