Chris Hart: tips from a cartoonist.

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Chris started working as a cartoonist in high school, designing animated characters for a small company in California. Since then, he has written and illustrated more than 60 how-to-draw books.

I always like to draw and collect comic books, but I wouldn’t read the words–I would just look at the pictures. I was amazed at how the comic-book artists could draw expressions.

When I was 12, I started concentrating on cartooning in particular. It was fun, and I found out that I could draw a cartoon in only a few minutes. Drawing realistically took a lot of time.

When I was in eighth grade, there was another kid in class who was a great cartoonist–better than I. His artwork was getting all of the attention! I decided then that I was going to improve my drawings, and it became a competition between the two of us. Throughout high school, we each tried to outdraw the other. We became good friends, and we’re still friends today. We no longer compete, but we’re both professional artists.

How to Draw a Cartoon Kid

(1) The head is an oval shape. Add crisscross guidelines in pencil to help you get the right placement of the facial features.

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(2) Draw in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Draw the eyebrows high and the ears low.

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(3) Add giant hair and a skinny neck to finish the character. The younger the character, the bigger the hair.

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(4) Color it in.

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How to Draw a Cartoon Dog

Dogs and puppies are my favorite characters to draw. I drew my dog, Rusty, and put him in one of my books.

(1) Draw an L-shaped head, and sketch crisscross guidelines for the eyes.

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(2) The body is pudgy and shaped like a football that’s standing on its end.

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(3) Add short legs and long ears. (I like to lift one of the ears so it looks as if he’s listening for something.)

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(4) Color it in.

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Story and Illustrations by Chris Hart


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