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....

What Type of Cartoonist Are You?

There are two basic types of cartoonists. It’s not based on which subjects they draw. Or how successful they are. Or whether one cartoonist’s dad can beat up the other cartoonist’s dad. (Unless you happen to have the stronger dad.) It has to do with the originality of...

How to Deal with Rejection

There’s not an artist alive who hasn’t experienced rejection. Everyone has had to run the gauntlet of editors, agents, publishers and art directors. Most advice on this subject centers on ways to cope with the emotional toll of receiving rejections to your...

How to Beat Artist’s Block

I don’t care who you are, or how well you draw, one of these days, the Art Block Fairy is going to pay you a little visit. When that day comes, ideas will be scarcer than possums driving pickup trucks. Despite the randomness of that metaphor, how you handle...

Do You Need Talent to Get Good at Drawing?

I have seen a lot of people walk away from drawing, though it was their heart’s desire, because they thought they didn’t have the talent for it. If this is you, please read this blog. You see, I have been fortunate enough to have known a good number of developing...