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Cartooning Course

We are proud to introduce the Famous Artists Cartooning Course – the rebirth of a classic! Created by the giants of cartooning, it has such aFAS Cartooning Course solid-gold pedigree we are reissuing it without modernizing the text. It offers you practical teaching that is the closest thing to actually sitting in the cartoonist’s studio.

Introducing the FAS Cartooning Course – the rebirth of a classic!

Our Cartooning Course was envisioned, created, and illustrated by the giants of classic cartooning. Their names are familiar to both cartoon aficionados and anyone who’s read the funny papers over the years: Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Whitney Darrow Jr., Willard Mullin, Harry Haenigsen, and more.

Because this classic Course has such a solid-gold pedigree, we are reissuing it without updating or modernizing. It contains references which may seem old-fashioned—but don’t be distracted. The meat of the instruction—practical teaching that gives you the closest thing to actually sitting in the cartoonist’s studio and watching him demonstrate his techniques—is timeless and just as fresh as when it was first created.

From their vast experience—and with the humor that characterized everything they drew—the masters of cartooning who created this Course will teach you, step-by-step, what you need to know to become a successful cartoonist yourself. As you work through these lessons, studying and practicing, you’ll acquire the tools to express your own creative talent.

Whether you’re interested in advertising, humor, or editorial cartooning – or even manga and anime – you’ll find inspiration and practical instruction in these lessons created by masters of the art of cartooning.

Cartooning Book 1 is now available! Book2 and Book 3 will be available soon.

Cartooning Book 1

In Cartooning Book 1 (of the three-volume Course), you’ll jump right to the important basics: how to ink, the comic head, the figure, anatomy, pretty girls, figures in action, clothes and folds, and special types. Later volumes will deal with form, perspective, props, animals, kids, and much more.

Each of the ten chapters in Book 1 includes exercises for practice. An optional additional enrollment package gives you the opportunity to send in these assignments for evaluation by working cartoonists.

We’ve kept the price for Book 1 – which is available only in the online version – very affordable. The price of the Cartooning Book 1 Course, complete with 10 assignments and 10 critiques/evaluations by your Artist/Instructor, is just $449.50 plus a one-time enrollment fee of $35. It includes lifetime access to the digital textbook and all of the materials you’ll need for sending your assignments for evaluation.

You can also purchase lifetime access to Cartooning Book 1 for $79.50—this does not include critiques/evaluations. However, you can order critiques/evaluations on a pay-as-you-go basis: when you’re ready to start, the cost is just $49.50 for each assignment along with a one-time enrollment fee of $35 paid when you order the Book 1 Chapter 1 Critique. (The enrollment fee pays for supplemental assignment materials, if any, along with the shipping packaging to make sure your work is safely delivered to our Instructor.)

The Cartooning Book 1 Curriculum

Introduction
Getting started • Turning your cartoons into dollars • Meeting your teachers • How to study • How your work will be criticized and graded • Suggestions on sketching, working space, and starting a file morgue • Materials and their uses • How to scale drawings • Starting to letter • Drawing for reproduction • Engraving processes and a note on neatness

Chapter 1—The comic head
How to draw the comic head from all angles • Varying the position of the features to create different characters • Facial expressions and head gestures • How to draw girls’ heads • Hair on the head • Changing the shape of the head

Chapter 2—The comic figure
How to draw active cartoon figures with the simple gesture, action sketch, or stick figure • Giving solid form to cartoon figures • The basic form figure and its parts • Action of torso, arms, and legs • Foreshortening explained • Step-by-step procedure in drawing a cartoon figure • Clothing tips

Chapter 3—Inking head and figure
Holding and using the pen • Basic pen lines • Brush drawing • Procedure: a method for inking the ad and figure • How to use the tools • Patterns and blacking in • How to correct mistakes • Dos and don’ts

Chapter 4—The head in detail
Developing you style • Basic expressions • How to draw the eye • The nose • The mouth and chin • The ear • Hair on the head and face • How your Faculty combines the features for their cartoon characters • Dos and don’ts

Chapter 5—The figure in detail
How your Faculty puts figures together • How to draw hands that help you tell your story • How to draw feet and shoes in action • Practice drawing in a panel with simple backgrounds

Chapter 6—Anatomy
Anatomy made painless for cartoonists • The movement of the spine • The four muscle groups: back, chest, arm, and leg muscles in action • Proportions of the male and female figures • Tips on drawing action and clothing the figure • Important things to remember

Chapter 7—Pretty girls
How to draw pretty girls and where and why • The cartoon girl based on life • Proportions • How to draw her head: three types • The hairdo • The breasts and torso • The hips • How to draw her legs • Tricks with feet and shoes • Tips on the cartoon girl in action

Chapter 8—Action and the figure
Making your ideas alive with figures in exciting action • Balance • Realistic action • Balance-in-action • Action or speed lines • The chase • Sock and smack • Faculty examples of figures in action

Chapter 9—Clothes and folds
Realistic wrinkles to give authenticity to your cartoon figures • The seven types of folds • Draping the male and female figures • Cloth in action: examples by your Faculty of simplification and drawing cloth

Chapter 10—Special Types
How to cast the actors for your cartoon productions • Creating characters: shapes, faces, and clothes • Occupations • Types within an occupation • Faculty characters created and explained for you • Characters from life • The exception to the rule