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Cartoon cool : how to draw new retro-style characters

Author: Christopher Hart
Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
One of the world's leading cartoon artists shows readers how to capture the retro look of Sponge Bob, Dexter, and other popular comics, revealing how to recapture the 1950s in cartoons.

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Genre/Form: Young adult literature
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hart, Christopher, 1957-
Cartoon cool.
New York : Watson-Guptill, 2005
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hart
ISBN: 0823005879 9780823005871
OCLC Number: 56807223
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Let's go retro! --
Retro basics : The retro head ; More head shapes ; Enlarging the upper jaw ; Drawing "flat" characters ; Eyes ; Lips ; Facial expressions ; Retro bodies ; Proportions ; Body size ; The idealized cartoon figure: traditional vs. retro ; The neck and shoulders ; Building the body section by section ; "Molding" the torso ; The female torso ; The female torso ; The attractive female figure step by step ; Retro Hands ; Feet --
The retro family : The suburban dad ; Home on the range: the barbecue ; A dad, a bathrobe, and a cup of coffee ; Dads with glasses ; More dad shapes ; The persistence of dad ; The basic retro mom ; Mom head proportions ; Danger: mom attempting to be cool ; Perky mom ; Shop around the clock ; Walk-about mom ; The sadistic older sister ; You are so dead! ; Dolls and pajamas ; The bringer of bad cheer ; The know-it-all sister ; Evil at home, evil in class ; The younger brother ; More boys ; Retro kids and sports --
Cool retro action poses : Traditional vs. retro action poses ; Introverted poses ; The megapunch ; Flying ; The retro "take" ; More action poses ; The epiphany --
The retro family pet : The cartoon dog ; Puppy dog eyes ; Common household dog breeds ; Mutts ; Cats as pets ; Basic cat head shapes The Siamese cat ; Surly cat ; Birds as pets: popular types ; Tropical fish and aquarium pets --
Cool retro teenagers : Serious teenage boy ; Carefree teen ; Pretty teen ; Stylish teen ; Cool cat ; Hangin' at the mall ; Loosey-goosey teen ; The girl next door ; School scene ; The rebel ; Posture ; Basic teenage standing posture ; Pose and emotion --
Pretty retro women : The face ; The voluptuous female figure ; Midriffs and low-cut pants ; Cool chick ; Can't buy me love ; Notes of drawing attractive poses ; Primitive beauty --
Cool retro scenes : No, you go first ; Secret agent chick ; Galactic medal of valor ; Shh! Secret mission ; Jewel thief ; My hero! ; Here monster, monster ; By for now: a closing note from Chris Hart.
Responsibility: Christopher Hart.
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