This detailed step-by-step guide, substantially updated for this 2020 edition, begins with essential techniques - from the effects of varied pencils on different papers to the subtle differences between pen strokes and patterns. The many styles of sketching are also demonstrated in clear and concise exercises. Having outlined the necessary basic techniques, the book offers a wide variety of exercises to allow the reader to perfect their skills - from lessons in anatomy, facial expression and depicting movement to dressing the character, creating dialogue and using backgrounds.
The text explains concepts and methods used by professional cartoonists to help build a scene, develop a narrative, and create a wide range of environments in which the characters can interact. The book also helps to unravel the complexities of digital manipulation, with illustrative screengrabs and explanations of the methods used, step-by-step.