The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration:
More than 50 tips and techniques for drawing characters, animals, and expressions
by Maury Aaseng, Clay Butler, Jim Campbell, Dan D’Addario, Alex Hallat, Joe Oesterle
Keywords: educational, drawing, how-to, cartooning, tutorial, step-by-step, hobbies
*Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 4th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing
This little book of cartooning has a lot of examples and step-by-step instructions mainly to create facial expressions and people, with the last part of the book dedicated to animals, objects and how to create 1 and 2 panel gags. It is a friendly guide without much theory and plenty of practice pages to draw on, which makes it suitable for kids.
Judging by all the authors involved, I was expecting a guide with more personal techniques and tips based on their work experience, but soon enough I realized it wasn’t meant to be an in-depth guide for those seriously studying cartooning. However, it is great for kids and teenagers! it has all those practice pages, enough tips to draw your first characters and even Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga’s step-by-step caricatures. It has been made simple enough that you (or your kid) won’t struggle or feel overwhelmed and will be eager to try these techniques out.
As usual, I tried a couple of their examples. I must admit it was satisfying to complete something that looks nice, even if it’s from the book examples and not from my imagination:
*I got my copy from the publisher, that doesn’t affect my review.