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Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Here is a list of the best Cartooning books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Cartooning: The Ultimate Character Design Book (2008)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfChris 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…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

2. Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (2011)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe best cartooning is efficient visual storytelling—it is as much a matter of writing as it is of drawing. In this book, noted cartoonist and illustrator Ivan Brunetti presents fifteen distinct lessons on the art of cartooning, guiding his readers through wittily written passages on cartooning terminology, techniques, tools, and theory. Supplemented by Brunetti's own illustrations, prepared specially for this book, these lessons move the reader from spontaneous drawings to single-panel strips and complicated multipage stories.Through simple, creative exercises and…
Author(s): Ivan Brunetti

3. Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today’s Popular Cartoons (Christopher Hart’s Cartooning) (2013)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAimed at beginner artists interested in cartooning and at the countless fans of cartoons, animation, and comics. Not only are cartoons a form of entertainment, but they’re an incredibly popular style of drawing! With a fresh and easy-to-follow approach to cartooning, Christopher Hart shows readers basic tips for creating a cast of the most hilarious, outrageous characters inspired by today’s cartoons. Chock-full of tips, hints, and step-by-step illustrations, Modern Cartooning gives artists of all ages the tools they need to let their imaginations run wild. #77,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #171…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

4. Cartooning the Head and Figure (1986)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTHE QUESTION:Are there new ways of opening the field of cartooning to any one who likes to draw?THE ANSWER:Yes!Here are tried and proven methods that explain, simplify and teach every one, regardless of age, the art of cartooning. Step by step procedures with more than 3,000 illustrations . . . #75,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Teen & Young Adult Cartooning #23 in How to Create Anime & Cartoons #124 in Figure Drawing Guides Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Jack Hamm

5. The Animator’s Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators (2012)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today–and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney’s golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story. Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication…
Author(s): Richard Williams

6. The Know-How of Cartooning (Dover Art Instruction) (2019)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis classic guide by a master animator and cartoonist — and long time Disney artist — is now available for the first time since its original publication in 1946. Author Ken Hultgren instructs by example in a guide that’s suitable for beginners and advanced students alike.The comprehensive range of instruction covers features and expressions, animals, foreshortening, perspective, lettering, caricature, animation, and various other aspects of cartooning. All subjects include step-by-step guides, several examples, and helpful hints and suggestions. Blank pages allow lots of room for drawing practice….
Author(s): Ken Hultgren

7. Art for Kids: Cartooning: The Only Cartooning Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be (2010)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAny child who can make a stick figure can learn to create funny cartoons—and this enjoyably illustrated guide tells them exactly how. Written by professional cartoonist Art Roche, it gives kids lots of hands-on opportunities to turn their creative ideas into delightfully drawn reality. Roche encourages budding artists to develop a personal vision, rather than trace or copy someone else’s style; he also includes plenty of information that other children’s how-to books overlook, including advice on writing jokes, composing panels, and getting published.   #36,144 in Books (See…
Author(s): Art Roche

8. How to Draw Cartoons: This book will help the complete novice turn out professional looking cartoons in minutes (2017)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfInternationally renowned cartoonist, Brian Platt, gives tips on creating cartoons starting with a simple circle you’ll soon be creating great characters and professional looking cartoons. #88,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2979 in Children’s Activity Books (Books) #28 in How to Create Anime & Cartoons Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Brian Platt

9. Cartooning the Landscape (2016)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfOne of the singular talents in landscape design, Chip Sullivan has shared his expertise through a seemingly unusual medium that, at second glance, makes perfect sense–the comic strip. For years Sullivan entertained readers of Landscape Architecture Magazine with comic strips that ingeniously illustrated significant concepts and milestones in the creation of our landscapes. These strips gained a large following among architects and illustrators, and now those original works, as well as additional strips created just for this book, are collected in Cartooning the Landscape….
Author(s): Chip Sullivan

10. Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics (2009)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn this action-packed cartooning adventure, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them! Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how – well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic – they just need a little know-how. And Adventures in Cartooning supplies just that. #85,359 in Books…
Author(s): James Sturm , Andrew Arnold , et al.

11. Cartoon Faces: How to Draw Heads, Features & Expressions (Cartoon Academy) (2014)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfMake a face—a funny face! The personality of a cartoon character begins with the face: the head, the features, the expressions. Get that right and you can create a memorable personality. Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart presents the ultimate tutorial on the topic in masterful detail, covering characters both male and female, from babies to adults, in all shapes and sizes. His accessible, step-by-step demonstrations go through all the features and explain how to build a character. Explore appealing cartoon head types; see how to create a…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

12. Humongous Book of Cartooning (Christopher Hart’s Cartooning) (2009)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfChris Hart’s Humongous Book of Cartooning is a great value book covering everything the beginner needs to master cartooning. It teaches how to draw cartoon people, fantasy characters, layouts, background design and much more. This latest cartoon title from Chris Hart, the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books, packs a wallop. It’s the cartooning book that has it all: cartoon people, animals, retro-style “toons'”, funny robots (no one has ever done cartoon robots in a how-to book before, and movies like “Wall-E” and “Robots” were smash hits and prove their appeal), fantasy characters and even…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

13. Cartooning For Kids (2002)

Best Cartooning Books that Should be on Your BookshelfYou don’t have to be a great artist to be a good cartoonist. Because cartoons are based in humor, not art; the secret to their success is to think funny. In this handy guide, you’ll find detailed instructions for creating cartoon people and animals. With a little practice you’ll be drawing adults and children, creatures, and more. “A fun, funny, instruction book for all ages.”—Copley News Service. #85,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #72 in Children’s Sculpture Books (Books) #47 in Children’s Cartooning Books (Books) #65 in Children’s Art Techniques Would you like to ?If you are a seller for…
Author(s): Mike Artell

You can NEVER go wrong buying a Christopher Hart book. Each one contains encouragement, direction, and examples at multiple levels, where a person can more or less self-select. This book says “Beginners” but it works for anyone either brushing up or just looking for inspiration even if they’ve already been cartooning for a while. “Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right to do some preaching. I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind.” Humongous Book of Cartooning. If you’re looking for a cover-all book focusing on every topic then you want the Humongous Book of Cartooning. It’s full of everything you could imagine from people, pets, animals, cars, and common household objects. The beauty of cartooning is getting to see a certain object through an artist’s lens. My grandson has begun cartooning so I began to look for books that could help him. I then learned of this cartooning series. I bought this one and paged through it then gave it to him. It is superb. If you or someone you know wants to learn how to make cartoon characters, this is the book for you. What a great gift for yourself, or a friend Chris Hart’s Humongous Book of Cartooning is a great value book covering everything the beginner needs to master cartooning. It teaches how to draw cartoon people, fantasy characters, layouts, background design and much more.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cartooning books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent

Author(s): Maggie Gray
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153636

Insider Histories of Cartooning: Rediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators

Author(s): Robert C. Harvey
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, Year: 2014, Size: 175 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1452799

Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar

Author(s): Jennifer Jackson
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1001175

Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today’s Popular Cartoons

Author(s): Christopher Hart
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Year: 2013, Size: 18 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329069

Trade Secrets: Rowland B. Wilsonâ#x80;#x99;s Notes on Design for Cartooning and Animation

Author(s): Lemieux Wilson, Suzanne; Wilson, Rowland B
Publisher: CRC Press;Focal Press, Year: 2012, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1629813

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice

Author(s): Ivan Brunetti
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2011, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1118764

Humongous Book of Cartooning

Author(s): Christopher Hart
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Year: 2011, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329070

Cool Cars / Cartooning: Learn the Art of Cartooning, Step by Step

Author(s): Jack Keely
Publisher: Walter Foster, Year: 2008, Size: 26 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1115532

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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