Who is Christopher Hart?
Christopher Hart, also known as “Your how-to-draw Sherpa,” is arguably one of the greatest cartoonist out there- legendary in the cartooning industry, so when I had the opportunity to take a look at his latest book- Doodletopia Cartoons, I jumped at it!
What is Doodletopia Cartoons?
Doodletopia Cartoons was made with the intention of doodling as a jumping off point, it was made to inspire your creativity and it effectively does just that with step-by-step instructions of characters and in-page character completion. It touches on human, animals, and fun text creations.
Who is the audience?
The simplicity of the drawings, and large and spread out words, I assume this book is mostly for children, if you have a child who’s interested in drawing then this is the perfect book for them; I know that this is a great introduction book to get my 8-year-old nephew started on the path to creating his own cartoons. He saw the book, got really excited, and started thumbing through the pages immediately. It won’t be very hard to get any child interested in drawing with this book!
With that said, if you’re an aspiring cartoonist I’d skip this book. I’m a little disappointed because I was hoping there would be a little more on character development, scenery, and developing a cartoon altogether. In any case, would I go out to the store and purchase this book? To be honest, for myself I would purchase this book, but I’d probably wait to find it cheaper online. But for my nephew, again I would definitely buy it for him at retail price. Again, this book is great for children. It aesthetically appealed to my nephew. It’s easy for him to follow, and I’m sure he will have fun drawing along to it. This is definitely a good place to generate cartoon ideas for children.
My not wanting to buy this for myself as is, isn’t a reflection on his talent and his ability to effectively teach because I’ve seen his videos and they’re really fun to watch, and I’m still a fan. But this book wasn’t out of the ballpark, and I wasn’t really impressed. However, I enjoy his work and will continue to support him, he’s an amazing artist and brilliant teacher, and I encourage you to take a look at his other books because he is a valuable source when it comes to learning to draw cartoons.
Find out more about Christopher Hart
For more info on Christopher Hart and his amazing collection of books, videos, and a plethora of cartooning tips, and other information about him be sure to check out his website at christopherhart.com.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.