Cartooning Book List

Enjoy this selection of books from our collections about drawing and cartooning:

How to Draw Cartoon Animals
by Christopher Hart
741.5 Har
An instructional guide for drawing cartoon animals.



Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics
by Stan Lee
741.51 Lee
This title is also available as an eBook.
Stan Lee touches on all the important stuff: anatomy, foreshortening, perspective, action, penciling, inking, hand lettering vs. digital lettering, color, character and costume design, panel flow, materials and tools, computers, file formats, and software. He includes an overview of the history and development of the comic book industry, and there’s an extensive section on various types of covers—the super important element that makes the reader want to pick up that comic! Here you’ll also find info on all the small details—that really aren’t so small: word balloons, thought balloons, whisper balloons, bursts, sound effect lettering, and splash pages.


Stan Lee’s How to Draw Superheroes
by Stan Lee
741.51 Lee
Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers all share a common trait — these hugely popular Marvel Comics superheroes were co-created by the legendary Stan Lee. Now, Lee shows readers everything they’ll need to make their own mighty superheroes, just like his classic creations. Lee exposes his secret tools and techniques for bringing strong, inspiring heroes and heroines to life. He even shows aspiring creators how to expand their super-universes with evil villains, trusty sidekicks, brutes and monsters, super-pets, secret hideouts, and more! These invaluable insights from one of the greatest superhero creators of all time are must-haves for all fans of Lee’s legendary superhero comic work.


How to Draw Steampunk
illustrated by Bob Berry
741.51 Ber
This title is also available as an eBook.
Discover the secrets to drawing, painting and illustrating the curious world of science fiction in the Victorian Age.



Monster Factory: Draw Cute and Cool Cartoon Monsters
by Ernie Harker
743.87 Har
Looking for a way to unleash your inner beast? It’s easy with these wonderfully weird and relatively harmless creatures. Head inside the “Monster Factory” to draw 43 fun and feisty monsters step-by-step.



Drawing Crime Noir For Comics and Graphic Novel
by Christopher Hart
741.5 Har
• Perfect for anyone interested in drawing for comic books or graphic novels
Aspiring artists, lonely, desperate—this is your chance to grab the gold ring of the hottest style around: noir. Windswept streets, dark shadowy figures, reckless women, gleaming pistols, men without conscience, boulevards of fear…they’re all here in Drawing Crime Noir. Extensive instruction, including a complete tutorial on how to turn an ordinary comic-book scene into a crime noir scene, shows how to create the moody world of noir, from using shadows to create intense moods and suspense, to drawing the swirling capes and cloaked faces of tormented superheroes; the trench coats and dark glasses of nihilistic antiheroes; the dark suits of mobbed-up politicians on the take and the hit men who keep order; and the form-fitting dresses and snakeskin shoes of the sexy women who would kill a man as soon as kiss him.


Christopher Hart’s Draw Manga Now! Bishoujo Beauties
by Christopher Hart
741.51 Har
Focusing on the glamorous, over-the-top female characters of the bishoujo genre, Bishoujo Beauties teaches readers how to draw the alluring eyes, flowing hair, and stylish outfits that define “bishie” characters. After an introduction to the basics, readers will have a chance to follow along Hart’s in-depth step-by-steps.


One Drawing a Day: Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media
by Veronica Lawlor
741.2 Law
This title is also available as an eBook.
Through 46 daily exercises which make up a complete 6-week course, you will keep your artistic skills sharp and your imaginations fertile by doing One Drawing A Day. Each spread in the book features a beautiful drawing by one of 8 professional illustrators, with a description and comments by the illustrator as well as a companion exercise. Each exercise includes suggestions for various mediums or mixed-media solutions, advice on how to approach and execute the drawing, as well as professional tips. The book also includes exercises designed to spark new ideas and increase creativity.


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