Creating New Characters from Existing Ones

There are two ways of creating a new character from one you are copying from a how-to-draw book. A combination of the two methods works really well. Unfortunately, most people only use method #1, and therefore, they don’t really achieve a unique character....

Inertia and How To Beat It

Inertia. Sir Isaac Newton first defined it in the 1700s. Most of us think of it as the phenomenon that an object at rest tends to stay at rest. For artists, that means it’s often difficult to start a new project – especially a big project. But few people remember the...

More On Artist’s Block

Every artist, sooner or later, has artist’s block. What to do? You could wrap a cord around your head, pull it hard, and hope to squeeze some ideas out of your brain. But that doesn’t work, and often results in a really bad case of “forehead rope...

Give Yourself Credit!

As artists, we’re very good at criticizing ourselves. Sometimes we compare our work unfavorably to the work of others. Or we go through slumps where we get discouraged. What we don’t always do – and the thing that’s most important to our development as artists...

New Website!

My new website is now live at christopherhartbooks.com. This old chrishartbooks.com site will remain up for a time so that the old tutorials and blog posts will still be available. Some features, like the Forum, will redirect you to the new...

What Influences Your Drawing Style?

Each of us has had different experiences that have influenced our lives, our likes and dislikes. Many of these started in childhood. For example, because I had Mrs. Southington as my homeroom teacher in 4th grade, I now hate all homeroom teachers, in addition to Mrs....