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The sizzling hot author of Action! Cartooning (100,000 copies sold!) has created a truly "fantastic" second book: a visually eye-popping, covers-it-all manual on drawing and understanding fantasy art. A former Marvel cartoonist and one of the most talented young artists in this very hip field, Ben Caldwell now delivers his thrilling follow-up to Action! Cartooning. Fantasy The sizzling hot author of Action! Cartooning (100,000 copies sold!) has created a truly "fantastic" second book: a visually eye-popping, covers-it-all manual on drawing and understanding fantasy art. A former Marvel cartoonist and one of the most talented young artists in this very hip field, Ben Caldwell now delivers his thrilling follow-up to Action! Cartooning. Fantasy! Cartooning is ideal for all kids and adults who love the Lord of the Rings movies, anticipate the Christmas 2005 release of The Chronicles of Narnia film, or have ever read a Harry Potter book. As before, Ben does not merely teach readers how to draw a line here or a circle there; he provides much, much more. Artists will find true insider tips on how to create mind-blowing scenes, awe-inspiring monsters, bigger-than-life heroes, and really incredible, magical landscapes. And because Ben Caldwell knows the fantasy genre inside out, he explains all the complex stories and legends behind each image, too.


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The sizzling hot author of Action! Cartooning (100,000 copies sold!) has created a truly "fantastic" second book: a visually eye-popping, covers-it-all manual on drawing and understanding fantasy art. A former Marvel cartoonist and one of the most talented young artists in this very hip field, Ben Caldwell now delivers his thrilling follow-up to Action! Cartooning. Fantasy The sizzling hot author of Action! Cartooning (100,000 copies sold!) has created a truly "fantastic" second book: a visually eye-popping, covers-it-all manual on drawing and understanding fantasy art. A former Marvel cartoonist and one of the most talented young artists in this very hip field, Ben Caldwell now delivers his thrilling follow-up to Action! Cartooning. Fantasy! Cartooning is ideal for all kids and adults who love the Lord of the Rings movies, anticipate the Christmas 2005 release of The Chronicles of Narnia film, or have ever read a Harry Potter book. As before, Ben does not merely teach readers how to draw a line here or a circle there; he provides much, much more. Artists will find true insider tips on how to create mind-blowing scenes, awe-inspiring monsters, bigger-than-life heroes, and really incredible, magical landscapes. And because Ben Caldwell knows the fantasy genre inside out, he explains all the complex stories and legends behind each image, too.

30 review for Fantasy! Cartooning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Helsean K.

    A very good reference book for different types of fantasy creatures. The tips, although classic, are also quite helpful in identifying and drawing these creature types.

  2. 5 out of 5

    m. moon

    enjoyed it and think I might revisit it but I really wish there was a wider variety of female characters/body types!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Former Marvel cartoonist Caldwell delivers just the right mix of instruction, basics and background for creating memorable characters in comic book style. Heroes and villains, peasants and aristocrats, fey folk, monsters and dragons are easily reproducible following Caldwell’s encouraging notes and sketches that go from rudimentary lines to smiling and snarling characters. Not as step-by-step as Ames or Emberly, this book assumes you have some understanding already of proportion and musculature, Former Marvel cartoonist Caldwell delivers just the right mix of instruction, basics and background for creating memorable characters in comic book style. Heroes and villains, peasants and aristocrats, fey folk, monsters and dragons are easily reproducible following Caldwell’s encouraging notes and sketches that go from rudimentary lines to smiling and snarling characters. Not as step-by-step as Ames or Emberly, this book assumes you have some understanding already of proportion and musculature, and is recommended for the novice, but not complete beginner, cartoonist. Most illustrations are completed in just three steps: 1. Stick figurish outline 2. Fleshed out body 3. Features and clothing/weaponry detail The first pages on human-like characters focus more on basics, such as face-shapes and muscles. The first page on animals offers the basic animal face, and variations on that theme. Throughout, Caldwell illustrates how tweaking a few details, such as eyebrows, can make a character more sinister, and provides examples of how features differ depending on age (for example, shortened sleeves can make a teen seem gangly, while larger knuckles and exposed tendons make a hand look aged) or disposition (smiley wrinkles versus angry wrinkles, rounded edges for heroes and angles for villains). Once the reader has mastered horses and humans, elements can be combined to make a centaur. And, along the way, the author gives readers a feel for the characters they are creating by providing a succinct overview of the fantasy genre and it’s accoutrements, and incorporating Greek, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Asian mythology – just enough to whet the appetite and encourage further investigation. An index makes it easy to turn to a favorite character, and the list of recommended reading is diverse in scope and format. A list of recommended fantasy artists to check out is a nice touch. A website URL at the end of the book promises more lessons, downloadable backgrounds, and chapters on weapons and environments, but it was not up and running at the time of this review. Hopefully by the pub date (August 2005) the domain will be registered and available.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This book is incredibly fun if you're into fantasy cartooning. Ben Caldwell has filled the pages with sketches and tips to drawing all sorts of fantasy characters, ranging from heroes, villains, fairies to beasts. The tips given are not just on drawing, but also on developing characteristics and personality into them. That's character design. He talks about everything, from the hair, eye shadows, wrinkles, costumes, postures, smiles and basically anything that (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This book is incredibly fun if you're into fantasy cartooning. Ben Caldwell has filled the pages with sketches and tips to drawing all sorts of fantasy characters, ranging from heroes, villains, fairies to beasts. The tips given are not just on drawing, but also on developing characteristics and personality into them. That's character design. He talks about everything, from the hair, eye shadows, wrinkles, costumes, postures, smiles and basically anything that you can see. There's a companion website to the book called Action Cartooning. You can find more art, comics and a community forum. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Taralen

    Ben Caldwell has a lovely style that is both eye-grabbing and comical. But this book in itself has many flaws. Ben does provide lots of wholesome examples of variation between faces and character types, but not enough. The variation is very wide, for example, he shows more variety on males than he does on females. Some of the poses he chose for the characters are also terrible if a beginner were to pick this up. Really it's not just a beginner, it's about showing clarity in the character. There sh Ben Caldwell has a lovely style that is both eye-grabbing and comical. But this book in itself has many flaws. Ben does provide lots of wholesome examples of variation between faces and character types, but not enough. The variation is very wide, for example, he shows more variety on males than he does on females. Some of the poses he chose for the characters are also terrible if a beginner were to pick this up. Really it's not just a beginner, it's about showing clarity in the character. There should never be an image of a character not facing the front in an example. The Gypsy is a good example of this. Why did he bother drawing her body but not her face? He describes the face but doesn't show it. This is a flaw. Another flaw of the book is that some of the images looked rushed or just unfinished. Even pencil work should be taken into meticulous care. On the bright side, most of the proportions are done well. Ben Caldwell is one my personal inspirations, and I'm sure he'll be a great inspiration for others just the same.

  6. 5 out of 5

    B. Reese

    Recycling my other review...waste not, want not Really love Ben's style and wish I could draw like him. Overall some good tips in here and great for inspiring one to experiment. Don't expect to draw like him at the end, but going through and playing with the ideas in here will probably help. I draw slightly better than average, but not "good" and I credit books like this and other drawing books for getting me to draw and try new things. The key thing is to keep drawing and experimenting. Good ref Recycling my other review...waste not, want not Really love Ben's style and wish I could draw like him. Overall some good tips in here and great for inspiring one to experiment. Don't expect to draw like him at the end, but going through and playing with the ideas in here will probably help. I draw slightly better than average, but not "good" and I credit books like this and other drawing books for getting me to draw and try new things. The key thing is to keep drawing and experimenting. Good reference book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leonie

    See my brief review here: http://uuuinfinity.blogspot.com/2011/... See my brief review here: http://uuuinfinity.blogspot.com/2011/...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    I love this guy's style. One of the most inspirational art books I've ever looked through. I love this guy's style. One of the most inspirational art books I've ever looked through.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Baker

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moa Katarina Nilsson

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marina

  13. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Loftus

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Duggan

  15. 4 out of 5

    George

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex G

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mrdanwilson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  19. 4 out of 5

    David Carruthers

  20. 4 out of 5

    CJ

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann Cathey

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Luk

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Duncan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lillian (Inky Insanity)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Scarborough

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tezlon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ronaldo Vidals

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Hutchinson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

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