By Christopher Hart
Love that Sponge Bob? constantly lurking in Dexter’s lab? Wishing for quite peculiar mom and dad? hundreds of thousands of fanatics watch those exhibits avidly, frequently exclusively for his or her zingy, stylized glance and hip visible jokes. Now there’s a drawing booklet greatest for everybody who admires that quirky sort: comic strip Cool. Top-selling writer Christopher Hart exhibits starting cartoonists, unfashionable lovers, and all different hipsters tips on how to get that almost-1950s glance of their drawings. His trademark step by step drawings and crystal-clear textual content are absolute to make Saturday mornings extra artistic!
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He's not interesting. He's one-note. He's a jock, period. Therefore, your guy has to look a little outclassed in his sports uniform. Note: The same physical ineptitude is equally endearing for female characters. Note the different directions the outline of the face takes. 55 T here's a lot of action and movement in cartoons. Action poses heighten the level of intensity and can be hilariously funny. Traditionally, a cartoonist will draw a character in action with lots of movement, complete with flailing arms and legs.
Above is the basic torso/hip construction. Above left is the adjusted torso/hip construction with the torso separated slightly from the hip to accentuate the midsection. Traditional hair ruffles Traditional hair ruffles In a traditional-style cartoon, the ends of ponytails would be carefree and ruffled. For the flat, retro look, slice off the ends of the ponytails with a crisp, clean—and unnatural—line. This adds more style. Drawing a mature female figure in a side view requires a different approach to the leg treatment.
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. And he has to dress like a nerd (notice the white socks and regular shoes—he doesn't own a pair of sneakers). The star of a retro animated TV show, comic book, or comic strip is not a gifted athlete and is never going to be. That's a rule in retro cartoons. The gifted athlete gets the girl and makes the main character feel just two feet tall (although he only stands three feet tall as it is).