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Cartoon magic
Schmitz, Diane Ridley, 1964-
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Includes instructions on cartooning people, animals, and objects as well as information about creating a comic strip and posters.
Part 1: Drawing people, animals, aliens and stuff! : Start at the top -- Crazy faces! -- Give your character a smile or a frown -- Drawing bodies for those heads -- Move it! -- Getting everyone dressed -- Common household cartoon pets -- Making Fido fun! -- Feet and feathers, animals moving -- Does Granny's dog look like granny? -- Putting faces on everything -- Personality on wheels -- Drawing good guys and bad guys -- Creating life in outer space.

Part 2: Bringing it together -- Pow! whoosh! pop! -- Cartooning color tricks -- Keeping your cartoons in perspective - Look at it this way -- The scene's the thing -- It's all how you write it -- Put your words in the right place -- Draw your own strip -- Think big! -- Cartoon posters, share the news.
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NC1764 .C37 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC1764 .C37 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC1764 .C37 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC1764 .C37 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC1764 .C37 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC1764 .C37 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Perfect for creative kids ages 6 through 12! Cartoon Magic is a fantastic introduction to the basics of drawing funny people, animals and things. Kids begin by putting together a cartoon kit, then learn how to draw expressions, people, critters, vehicles, superheroes and other interesting things. They'll also learn how to use proper perspective and combine all their new skills to create cartoon strips and posters. They'll write the script, draw the scenes, add color, and fill in word balloons just like the pros.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-With their strong use of bold, primary colors; busy page layouts; and exuberant writing style, these books are bound to attract would-be artists. Both titles are well organized and are loaded with helpful techniques. Cartoon Magic introduces drawing faces, bodies, and clothing; creating movement; drawing animals and animal movement; giving faces to inanimate objects; and drawing superheroes, villains, and space characters. Refinements such as coloring techniques, perspective, word balloons, and making a comic strip are also discussed. All of the directions are clearly numbered, and there are many variations suggested for each basic concept. There are partially drawn characters to be used in drawing exercises, so the book serves as a workbook as well as an instructional model. The first part of Drawing Magic is devoted to animals, from dogs to a manta ray. Beginning with geometric shapes, step-by-step instructions show how to draw the creatures. There is also some instruction about achieving textures for scales, feathers, and the like. The second part shows how to draw "scary stuff, speed, and space." It shows how to draw bats, a wolf with exposed fangs, a spooky tree, a creepy castle, a roller coaster, a jet plane, and a stylized space alien. Children who are interested in drawing animals or scary items in general would appreciate this book, but those who have their hearts set on drawing many variations of a particular type of animal, such as many cat breeds, would need to look elsewhere.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Drawing People, Animals, Aliens and Stuff!p. 7
Start at the Topp. 8
Crazy Faces!p. 10
Give Your Character a Smile or a Frownp. 12
Drawing Bodies for Those Headsp. 14
Move It!p. 16
Getting Everyone Dressedp. 18
Common Household Cartoon Petsp. 20
Making Fido Fun!p. 22
Feet and Feathers: Animals Movingp. 24
Does Granny's Dog Look Like Granny?p. 26
Putting Faces on Everythingp. 28
Personality on wheelsp. 30
Drawing Good Guys and Bad Guysp. 32
Creating Life in Outer Spacep. 34
Part 2 Bringing It All Togetherp. 37
Pow! Whoosh! Pop!p. 38
Cartooning Color Tricksp. 40
Keeping Your Cartoons in Perspectivep. 42
Look At It This Wayp. 44
The Scene's the Thingp. 46
It's all How You Write Itp. 48
Put Your Words in the Right Placep. 50
Draw Your Own Stripp. 54
Think Big!p. 58
Cartoon Posters: Share the Newsp. 62