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AGES 5 AND UP • ART • DRAWING • JUVENILE NONFICTION

Letters aren’t just for spelling anymore. Learn how to draw more than 130 lively cartoon characters starting with capital and lowercase letters. Step-by-step instructions make it as easy as ABC! Watch as a lowercase c becomes a timid dinosaur… …a capital R turns into a soccer star…

With more than 7 million copies of his books in print,

Christopher Hart

Books

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter

Learn to Draw the “Write” Way!

Chris Hart

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter Create Fun Characters from A to Z

is the world’s best-selling author of how-to-draw books. $14.95 US • $16.95 CAN ISBN: 978-1-942021-53-7

…a capital X is transformed into a powerful superhero.

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…a lowercase u becomes a tiny princess…

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Christopher Hart Books for K I D S

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter Create Fun Characters from A to Z

Mixed Media Resources New York

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Christopher Hart Books for K I D S An imprint of Mixed Media Resources 161 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10013 Editorial Director JOAN KRELLENSTEIN Senior Editor MICHELLE BREDESON Managing Editor LAURA COOKE Art Director IRENE LEDWITH Book Design JULIE GRANT

Copyright © 2017 by Star Fire, LLC All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-and-retrieval systems—without permission of the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Hart, Christopher, 1957- author. Title: Drawing cartoons letter by letter : create fun characters from A to Z / by Christopher Hart. Description: First edition. | New York, NY : Drawing with Christopher Hart, 2017. | Includes index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016039234 | ISBN 9781942021537 (pbk.) Subjects: LCSH: Cartoon characters in art. | Lettering in art. | Cartooning--Technique. Classification: LCC NC1764 .H359 2017 | DDC 741.5/1--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016039234 Printed in China. 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

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Editorial Assistant JACOB SEIFERT Production J. ARTHUR MEDIA Vice President TRISHA MALCOLM Publisher CARRIE KILMER Production Manager DAVID JOINNIDES President ART JOINNIDES 4

For everyone who loves to draw.

Chairman JAY STEIN

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What’s Inside

Drawing Is as Easy as ABC! 6 A to Z 8 Index 174

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Drawing Is as Easy as ABC! Welcome, artists! In my best-selling books Drawing Shape by Shape and Drawing Shape

by Shape: Animals I showed you how to take simple circles, squares, and triangles and turn them into hundreds of cute animals, funny people, and cartoony things. In this book, I’ll do the same thing with the letters of the alphabet. You’ll see them transform in front of your eyes into cartoon characters such as kings, fashion models, nerdy dads, and more. It’s like creating magic with a pencil. And you’re the magician! 6

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I’ll show you how you can take a D, or a K, or any letter, and draw all kinds of characters. I’ve included enough simple steps so you can get the same amazing results you see here. All you need to begin is a pencil. We’ll start each character with a letter then add a few lines at each step. Once your drawing is the way you like it, you can add color, like I did, to make the cartoon stand out. You’ll soon be creating dozens of original cartoon characters. Let’s get started!

Happy Drawing! Christopher Hart

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A

Cute witch

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A

Robot from Galaxy X

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f

Knowing smile

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f

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H

Cool and casual

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H

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m

“Happy Halloween!”

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N

The latest hairstyle

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s

Big chin

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s

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U

Computer geek

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u

Cosplay kid

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Y

Sorceress

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y

One happy guy

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Index A

angry 172 ant 110 antlers 147 astronaut 90–91

B

ballerina 22–23 beard 14 bedtime 82–83 bee 16–17 big mouth 134–135 blockhead 92 boys 24–25, 35–38, 43, 54–55, 59, 92, 95, 97, 124, 126, 128, 132–133 brainiac 70–71 bun 131 bunny 104 buttoned up 46

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Looking for your favorite character? Check the alphabetical list to see which page it’s on.

C

chic 122 cityscape 44–45 coach 61 coffee 106 coffee break 57 college student 164–165 comedian 99 computer geek 146 cool 14, 84, 142 cosplay 147 cowboy 170 coy 93

D

dads 28, 61, 98, 106, 154 dinosaur 30–31 director 118 diver 108–109 doctor 48 dog 74–75 dog walker 74–75 dragon 20

F

forgetful 38, 130 friendly 42, 68, 168–169, 173 funny 132

G

geek 146 general 72 giggling 93 girls 10–11, 15, 21, 26–27, 42, 56, 60, 68–69, 82–83, 104, 107, 111, 115, 117, 125, 127, 129, 137, 147, 162, 164 –165 glamorous 33, 112, 161 glasses 53, 119, 143 goofy 96, 157 graduate 126 grandma 18 grin 157 Grumpy Gary 36–37 guilty 43

H

hairstyles 21, 60, 66–68, 105, 111, 115, 117, 125, 131, 162, 171 Halloween 104 hand 94 handshake 173 happy 28, 51, 167 hats 3, 56, 122 headband 69 hipster 155 honor student 107 hug 42

J

jet pack 95

K

king 49 kissing 163 knight 32 know-it-all 64–65

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L

ladies 52, 131 ladybug 34 Little Leaguer 47 lumberjack 120–121

M

mad scientist 123 manga 147 men 14, 29, 46, 50, 53, 57, 64–67, 70–71, 77, 84, 96, 106, 114, 116, 119, 123, 134–135, 142–143, 145, 152, 167–169, 172–173 mischievous 24–25 models 40–41, 86–87, 156–157 mom 138–139 mysterious 114

N

nervous 103 newspaper 98

O

office worker 57 open mic night 99 opera singer 136

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U

umpire 140–141 undercover agent 116 upset 97 uptight 46

pajamas 82–83 pigtails 162 ponytails 21, 60, 68, 111, 115, 117, 125 pretty 144 princess 102, 148 proposal 145

R

robot 9 royal advisor 19 runway 156–157

S

sad 133 scared 21, 35 scuba diver 59 Secret Service agent 78–79 shark 59 shopper 12 shy 26–27 silly 158 smiles 111, 153, 167 smug 54–55 snorkeler 59 snow 15 soccer star 129 softball player 47 soldier 39 sorceress 166 Southwest landscape 80–81 spies 100–101, 128

V

vampire 85 spiky hair 66–67 sporty 77 Stubborn Sam 50 student 103 stylish 13, 40–41, 62–63, 86–87, 113, 127 summer 56, 113 sunglasses 77, 142 superheroes 10–11, 160 surfer 150–151 surgeon 48 surprised 76, 137

T

teacher 88 teacher’s pet 162 trendy 73 trophy 149

W

waiter 58 warrior 89 waving 127 whisperer 29 witch 8 women 12–13, 33, 40–41, 51–52, 62–63, 73, 76, 86–87, 89, 93, 100–101, 105, 111–113, 122, 131, 144, 153, 156–158, 161 worried 49

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Learn to Draw with Simple Shapes!

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FINAL:Layout 1

AGES 4 AND UP

Learn how to draw more than 100 cartoon animals starting with just a circle , a square, a rectangle , or a triangle . Simple step-by-step instructions and a colorful collection of lively creatures make drawing animals as easy as it is fun!

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Watch as a circle becomes a baby penquin

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.. .a squarebecomes an enormous

...a rectangle becomes a silly alligator ...

Chris Hart

is the world’s bestselling author of how-to-draw books. $14.95 US • $16.95 CAN ISBN : 978-1-936096-95 -4

Chris Har t

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Drawing Animals Shape by Shape

Draw Your Favorite Animals with Simple Shapes!

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Drawing Animals

Shape by Shape

Create Ca rtoon Animals wi Circles, Squares, Rectanglth es & Triangles

...and tri a angle becomes a magica l unicorn.

Connect with Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/learn.to.draw.cartoons Available wherever books are sold or at sixthandspringbooks.com. DrawingCartoonsLetterByLetter_FinalPgs173_176.indd 176

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AGES 5 AND UP • ART • DRAWING • JUVENILE NONFICTION

Letters aren’t just for spelling anymore. Learn how to draw more than 130 lively cartoon characters starting with capital and lowercase letters. Step-by-step instructions make it as easy as ABC! Watch as a lowercase c becomes a timid dinosaur… …a capital R turns into a soccer star…

With more than 7 million copies of his books in print,

Christopher Hart

Books

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter

Learn to Draw the “Write” Way!

Chris Hart

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter Create Fun Characters from A to Z

is the world’s best-selling author of how-to-draw books.

…a capital X is transformed into a powerful superhero.

LetterByLetter_FinalCover.indd 1

Mixed Media Resources

…a lowercase u becomes a tiny princess…

$14.95 US • $16.95 CAN ISBN: 978-1-942021-53-7

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