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Highly Recommended. By Ken Hultgren. This classic guide by a master animator and cartoonist — and long time Disney artist — is now available for the first time since its original publication in 1946. Author Ken Hultgren instructs by example in a guide that's suitable for beginners and advanced students alike. The comprehensive range of instruction covers features and expressions, animals, foreshortening, perspective, lettering, caricature, animation, and more. All subjects include step-by-step guides, several examples, and helpful hints and suggestions.

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This classic guide by a master animator and cartoonist — and long time Disney artist — is now available for the first time since its original publication in 1946. Author Ken Hultgren instructs by example in a guide that's suitable for beginners and advanced students alike. The comprehensive range of instruction covers features and expressions, animals, foreshortening, perspective, lettering, caricature, animation, and more. All subjects include step-by-step guides, several examples, and helpful hints and suggestions.

Blank pages allow lots of room for drawing practice. Professional and amateur animators, cartoonists, caricaturists, and artists dealing with characterization will find this timeless manual an excellent and instructive companion.

Reprint of the Research Publishing Company, 1946 edition. "His 1949 book, The Art of Animal Drawing, is still well respected today as a pioneering guide to the characterization and mechanics of animal forms."
It's funny, I'd never seen the original book until just recently--it's very scarce. I happily bought the copy I discovered and paid a whopping $120 for it. I didn't know this was coming out. In fact, this is slightly larger in size, which I like. Ken uses narrative cartoons (see one of the pages we scanned here) and all-original artwork to give you real insights into cartooning. And of course, for someone like me, it's a wonderful glimpse into a superlative artist and his great characters and drawing skills.

The following is from the online site, Lambiek Comiclopedia: Ken Hultgren was one of the great "animal artists" at Disney in the 1940s. Born in Minneapolis, he studied at the School of Art in his hometown. In 1935 he moved to California to start his artistic career. Soon afterwards, he joined the Disney Studios, where he became one of the best animators. He worked on such productions as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and "Bambi" (1942), doing model sheets and layouts.

"Bambi"  also became Hultgren's first work in comics; he illustrated the comic adaptation in 1942 [for Dell]. He also did some other stories with characters from the movie. His craftmanship on comics was noticed by art director Carl Buettner, who assigned Hultgren to illustrate four "Mickey Mouse" comics. In addition, Hultgren illustrated the very first "Panchito" strip, based on the Mexican rooster from Disney's package film "The Three Caballeros" (1944).

Hultgren worked for Sangor Studios who not only produced comics based on animated films [under the ACG brand] by Disney, but also by Warner Brothers, Screen Gems and MGM. Specializing in drawing humanized animals, Hultgren illustrated such titles as "The Duke and the Dope", "Robespierre", "Hopalong Hoppity", "Izzy & Dizzy" and "Uncle Pigly" from 1943 to 1949. When the Sangor Studios folded in 1949, Hultgren created "The Art of Animal Drawing" at McGraw-Hill publishers.

From 1955 to 1957 he was back at Disney as an animator. The following two years, he worked on the "Mickey Mouse" daily comic with writer Milt Banta. From 1955 to 1962 he also worked for Archie Comics and several syndicates, doing among others a comic strip based on Hanna-Barbera's "The Flintstones". At the same time, Hultgren remained active as an animator ("Mr. Magoo", "Popeye", "The Archie Show"). Ken Hultgren died in 1968.

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Item Code KNOWHO
Publisher Dover
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9780486830254
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 94pg
Color b&w
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