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Draw the Looney Tunes: The Warner Bros. Character Design Manual    by Frank Espinosa & San Wei Chan order for
Draw the Looney Tunes
by Frank Espinosa
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Ayesha Baumgartner

Warner Bros. invites you to share in their 'enthusiasm and expertise' in drawing your favorite Looney Tunes characters. Now you too can learn how the great minds and brilliant artists at Warner Brothers created and drew their famous cartoon personas. This manual provides step-by-step exclusive info on how to draw Bugs Bunny and bring to life iconic cartoon characters!

After reading Draw the Looney Tunes, I couldn't resist grabbing a pencil and a piece of paper to draw Bugs Bunny. To my surprise, I felt like a Warner Bros. cartoonist, because the steps are simple to follow and inspiring. You too can lift the characters off the page, and learn the art, challenge and excitement of 'telling a story, conveying an attitude,' and expressing a character with skill, practice and passion.

'That's not all folks!'

In Draw The Looney Tunes, you are encouraged to scribble notes in the book and 'keep it open on your coffee table (or) drawing table, as food for your creative energies.' Learn the basic elements of drawing cartoon characters. Tips range from 'train your eye to really see and then practice every day' to using the appropriate pencil, or answering thought-provoking questions. Techniques covered include drawing a line of action, rhythm and the skeleton, building mass and expressing attitude. Readers are guided along an adventurous path similar to a professional cartoonist's experience.

This is a delightful guide and reference for artists who want to sharpen their skills or learn new ones. Learn to 'put character and emotion' into your drawing. The images on each page are larger than life, in black and white, encouraging you to trace over them and start drawing and expressing. Insightful tidbits on well-known artists are shared, along with quotes that make you think. Misconceptions are explained.

This exceptional book on learning how to draw cartoon characters is not only for the child who likes to scribble but for the child inside all of us. The only requirement is to get ready, be 'spontaneous, silly, sensitive, optimistic, excited, become a child again and be willing to put your whole heart and soul into what you're doing.' Draw The Looney Tunes draws (I could not resist) readers into the world of cartoons, with guidance to overcome hurdles. You are sure to smile as you go through it, just as Looney Tunes characters have made us smile for decades.

I recommend this excellent book to anyone who doodles - use it to find out how much more creative you can be by applying valuable knowledge handed down by the creative team from Warner Bros.. It's a book that's useful for any artist, whether just starting out or a veteran wanting a fresh perspective. This textbook manual, created for Warner Bros. in-house artists and freelancers, is now yours to discover and enjoy! So sit comfortably, grab a piece of paper and get those pencils moving! Draw the Looney Tunes is simple, easy, fun, and fascinating.

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