By Christopher Hart
Watson Guptill, $21.99, 160 pages
Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today’s Popular Cartoons is an introductory book for the beginning cartoonist and for anyone who is interested in learning basic techniques in cartooning. This book is practical and provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions from beginning to end. Illustrating definite “styles” to cartoon figures while demonstrating elements for each artist to develop and find their own style. Although the information presented does not encourage personal expression, it brings attention to the importance of foundational elements of cartooning. Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today’s Popular Cartoons underlines the importance of how cartooning is a subset of drawings that require a different approach than the typical drawing skills. Specifically one of the most important aspects has to do with managing facial expressions. While focusing on Modern Cartooning, the process of basic cartoon framing, followed by changing expression, setting, body frame, and several other elements.
Reviewed by Rachel J. Richards