Cartooning Philosophy and Practice Ivan Brunetti

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
29 Mar 2011
ISBN:
9780300170993
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
88 pages: 190 x 140mm
Illustrations:
30 b-w illus.

Categories:

From the editor of Yale's Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories, a smart and charming guide to the art of cartooning

The best cartooning is efficient visual storytelling—it is as much a matter of writing as it is of drawing. In this book, noted cartoonist and illustrator Ivan Brunetti presents fifteen distinct lessons on the art of cartooning, guiding his readers through wittily written passages on cartooning terminology, techniques, tools, and theory. Supplemented by Brunetti's own illustrations, prepared specially for this book, these lessons move the reader from spontaneous drawings to single-panel strips and complicated multipage stories.

Through simple, creative exercises and assignments, Brunetti offers an unintimidating approach to a complex art form. He looks at the rhythms of storytelling, the challenges of character design, and the formal elements of comics while composing pages in his own iconic style and experimenting with a variety of tools, media, and approaches. By following the author's sophisticated and engaging perspective on the art of cartooning, aspiring cartoonists of all ages will hone their craft, create their personal style, and discover their own visual language.

More about this title

Winner of the 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award in the Best Academic/Scholarly work category


Ivan Brunetti has published several graphic novels and taught courses on editorial illustration and comics at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and he served as editor for Yale University Press's two-volume Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories.

"Brunetti has given the cartooning world something very similar to what Strunk & White gave to prose with their Elements of Style... keep it right next to your desk where you can find it at a moment's notice."--Tim O'Neil, PopMatters.com