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Like the title says, I wish I had this book when I was a kid. I was able to get it second hand from a seller on Amazon for £3, for this price this book is absolutely great. Bought this for my kid so that he will have more resources than I had.
This is one of the best cartooning books I have ever bought. I really like that the pictures are very easy to draw. I have been drawing for many years and drawing cartoons and creating comics is my favorite thing to do.
I am changing my review of this book from 2 to 5 stars. This is a profound change of heart, so read on to see why!
This isn't a great book for teaching anyone the fundamentals on how to draw, it's pretty lousy for that purpose. Yet If you already know how to draw, this is a great book of cartoon animal reference.
The style has grown on me lot, and I have learned to greatly respect this book and find that it's a fun collection of ideas. That's the true power in this book... design ideas are strong in this one. The drawings look so simple but pay attention to what he's trying to show with them! Just about every page is loaded with fun design tricks that are sure to teach you something. Even if you don't want to draw characters that look just like Harts, the ideas you will learn here can only make you a better artist.
Ultimately though The better you are at drawing the more fun you'll likely have with this book. When I was terrible at drawing from ref, I had no love for this book. Some people are naturals at drawing from ref and might like this book from the get go, but I'd say this book is best studied by people who can draw from ref decently, but also have a competent understanding of 3 dimensional drawing which also ties into perspective. Then you can much more effectively mine the golden ideas from this book... Of course small children are not ready to learn such ideas, so just put down any book they find fun! Whether adults or kids, the key is to keep drawing and just never stop!
This book I purchased over 5 years ago... one of the first books I ever got on how to draw.... this very same book I used to hate, and blasted here on amazon, is actually a really darn good book! I apologize to the creator for my old review, and to the people I mislead.
I have less love for some of Hart's figure drawing books *though they are also not quite as bad as I initially thought*, but this book here is a winner and I strongly recommend it to people who have a good grasp on drawing and want to improve their sense of design on animal drawing.
Un libro de gran utilidad para que los ninos puedan despertar su creatividad, a pesar que no viene es en espanol el autor se ha esmerado asi que no necesita de mucha explicacion porque los graficos son muy facil y entendibles.
Even if you've never drawn before this is a fun book to try your sketching skills out. Whatever animal you wish to learn to draw is accomplishable. But the best fun is the actual drawing you come up with, your own unique character. Has wonderful details on how to do it. Worth a good recommendation.