Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monstrously Funny Cartoons Christopher Hart

Monstrously Funny Cartoons Christopher Hart is more than an instructional book to learn to draw monster cartoon characters step-by- step.  This book is also a commentary on the story behind each cartoon and monster.  Unlike many other cartoon tutorial books that simply stop at the step by step process of drawing a figure- Hart actually provides some historical and cultural background on the subject as well.  For example, not only is there an alien depicted as a cartoon= there is also a retro alien.  There is a brief background provided on the origin and meaning behind the retro alien.  For example- the retro alien has an ominous trench coat like cape with a high collar.  Also the retro themed alien has one large omnipotent eye that can view everything.  This contrasts with the traditional or modern alien.  I found Hart's explanations and commentary just as much fun as the cartoons.

The sketchy cartoons of monsters and creatures might not be fine art- but anyone into pop culture and media as well as young artists, may appreciate this unique cartoon book.  The commentary contained is just as animated and lively as the cartoons.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Ten Speed Press for the purpose of writing this review.

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