Cartoon Cool: How to Draw New Retro-Style Characters by Christopher Hart

By Christopher Hart

Love that Sponge Bob? regularly lurking in Dexter’s lab? Wishing for relatively strange mom and dad? thousands of lovers watch those indicates avidly, frequently exclusively for his or her zingy, stylized glance and hip visible jokes. Now there’s a drawing booklet most excellent for everybody who admires that quirky sort: comic strip Cool. Top-selling writer Christopher Hart indicates starting cartoonists, unfashionable enthusiasts, and all different hipsters how you can get that almost-1950s glance of their drawings. His trademark step by step drawings and crystal-clear textual content are certain to make Saturday mornings extra inventive!

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Joint at base of thumb sticks out Joint at base of thumb sticks out kid 32 Pudgy and short. teen adult / Not too angular or bony. middle-Aged adult female Slender with thin, tapered fingers. Nails are unnecessary. Protruding wrist bone senior citizen Palms get wide, fingers curl, and bones protrude. Although the hands are large, they are also skinny. There's the temptation to rush when drawing the feet because, typically, they're the final thing to be done in a drawing. But why rob your drawing of a finishing touch?

This is important! There should be no gradual widening from the waist to the hips—it's a sudden shift in shape. That abruptness, that lack of subtlety, is what you're looking for. It gives your cartoons that retro look. The final female torso looks like this. It, too, can be stretched, thinned out, or adjusted in any way according to your own taste and inspiration. The thighs wedge deeply up inside of the hip area and fill out all the room the hips can give them. This is true not only in cartoons but in real life.

If the point of a cartoon dog is to appear lovable, then the point of a retro cartoon dog is to appear so lovable it's weird. These are pets who need therapy. Let's compare the regular dog to the retro dog. This is a simplified version of an anatomically correct pooch. Notice that the head dips at a 45-degree angle in a relaxed stance. Pointy back of head No bump in shoulders Big, round rump Front end of snout is fatter than jaw area This is what happens when a dog learns to operate a can of cheese spray.

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