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Cartooning the Head and Figure

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Are there new ways of opening the field of cartooning to any one who likes to draw?THE ANSWER:
Here are tried and proven methods that explain, simplify and teach every one, regardless of age, the art of cartooning. Step by step procedures with more than 3,000 illustrations . . .
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by TarcherPerigee (first published April 1st 1967)
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It exceeds it's value for money by a hundred times. All pages are Black & White. They are Jam packed with valuable information and numerous sketches. All facial muscles have been explained and the chapters on facial expression, posture and motion are fantastic. Its a "must have" for artists interested in cartooning and caricature.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drawing-manuals
Definitely fun to flip through and really see the Jack Hamm-style cartoons broken down to their elements. Not exactly helping as a guide for new artists, however. If you're a fan of classic newspaper funny-style art worth checking it out. But, if you're looking for a manual to teach techniques, mayeb check out another title!
Ryan Lindberg
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a timeless, must have, for any artist. I consider it one of the most influential artist books I own.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An useful cartooning book with lots of illustrations and examples. All parts of body and all sorts of expressions are taught and illustrated
Tim S.
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
A fairly neat little book on cartooning. The layout can be a bit confusing and some of the pages are of dubious worth, but overall it's almost worth the price alone just for all the reference drawings and the handy tips squeezed into the margins.

I strongly suggest you grab Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure at the same you get this. Even if you do just want to focus on drawing slapstick-style cartoons, it contains some useful pointers about the human face/figure not included here that will impr
Charles Forsman
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A seriously useful cartooning book! no seriously!
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartooning, art, comics, to-buy
A fantastic resource, full of exhaustive detail. I picked it up at the library, so I hope I can find it online (it being over 40 years old at this point.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
New level of excellence. Old school dated 1967.
Every muscle, every bone, every part of every expression explained. More emotions in drawings than in real people. Stunning.
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Jack B. Hamm was an artist who is recognized both for his Christian-themed artwork and editorial cartoons, and for his books on drawing technique. He both studied and taught at the Frederic Mizen Academy of Art. As a cartoonist and comic strip letterer, he worked on the "Bugs Bunny", "Alley Oop", and "Boots and Her Buddies" comic strips before attending Baylor University to study theology. He taug ...more