doodletopia CARTOONS

Title: doodletopia CARTOONS
Author: Christopher Hart
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 About section from Penguin Random House
doodletopia CARTOONS is a collection of step-by-step tutorials, fill in the silhouettes, draw the other half pictures, as well as sections dedicated to facial expressions, using a base drawing to create multiple animals or characters, clothing tutorials, and font tutorials.
I decided to pick up doodletopia because I have been thinking of starting my own comic series chronicling my progress and struggles of learning another language.
I’ve always enjoyed art but more so in the style of Japanese animation with huge detailed eyes and non-realistic hair and that just doesn’t fit into the style of cartooning that I wish to do.
The problem with this is that because I’ve always preferred that style of drawing, I couldn’t figure out how to simplify my drawings. When I found doodletopia I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what I could do!
The book starts off with basic step-by-step instructions to draw things such as people in different poses and animals. I started with the very first one in the book which is a penguin who has caught a fish.
The instructions from the book
My drawing

As you can see, it is very simplistic as are most of the tutorials in this book which is fantastic for simple and cute cartoon drawing. The best thing about this book, though, is that the author highly encourages you to make these your own and alter them in whichever way suits you.

I had so much fun following the instructions in this book and have learned a few techniques that I will be using when I start my own comic series.

Here is another example of a drawing I did following the instructions in the book.

Book example
My drawing

As you can see there is a lot of space to make things bigger or smaller and alter them in anyway you choose but there are also enough instructions so you can also draw the image just as it’s picture on the page.

As I was doing some research on Christopher Hart, I was surprised to find that he has also authored many ‘How to draw’ anime and manga art books that I have seen in stores several times and have contemplated buying on several occasions. He is also the author of another doodletopia book that is coming out this summer that is based upon manga characters and I’m so excited to buy it!

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book. I learned a lot from it that I will be putting to use in the near future. I enjoyed more than just the instructions, though. I also enjoyed the playful font that was used throughout the book, giving it a more playful feeling, as well as the encouragement to make them my own if I wished and the variety of things that were taught within one book.

I am extremely pleased that I picked up this book. I have had a lot of fun with it so far and I will be doing the rest of the drawings in this book soon because they are so simple and fun.


CHRISTOPHER HART is the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart’s books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.Taken from Penguin Random House
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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