The Simpsons Handbook: Secret Tips from the Pros

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Harper, May 31, 2007 - Art - 128 pages

Here is a rare homage to the art of classic 2–D animation and the time–honored method of hand–drawing characters that come alive on the silver screen. The creator of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," reveals the art of brilliant character design, backgrounds, and prop art in this lavishly detailed handbook that unveils the complex secrets behind the deceptively simple and universally loved Simpsons characters. With creative insights, artists' sketches, helpful insider hints, and step–by–step instructions, enter the imagination of "master doodler" Matt Groening and receive some professional "how–to" advice from many of the animators and directors who have made "The Simpsons" the longest–running animated show and situation comedy in television history. In our technological era when animation has become increasingly digitalized, this unique handbook records the genesis of some of the most extraordinary examples of the art of hand–drawn animated characters.

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haven't watched this show in years, but ran across this book in the book store, I'm 21 so I grew up with this show, and I'm also a graphic designer, so one thing I always drew as a kid was the simpsons, and this book goes in to in-depth detail, about how to properly draw each character, from an animators point of view, with tons of references, this is the best drawing book i've come across in years 

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this book gives you step-by-step drawings into each character. the exclusive part of the book is that it gives all you need to know about drawing the simpsons family. it shows you how to draw backgrounds, props, and costumes for the family. it also shows you the size you need to know about the characters. there's also a big surprise you would know in the back of the book. if you want to know there are some extra tips that are for the side characters. 


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Matt Groening, 1954 - Matt Groening was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to start writing the comic strip "Life in Hell" for the newspaper he worked for. The strip had premiered in 1977 and appears in over 250 newspapers worldwide. Groening got his big break when the Fox television network was looking for a filler for "The Tracy Ullman Show." James L. Brooks had seen some of the "Life in Hell" strips and offered Groening a chance to create 30 second skits for the show. The skits were so well received that the newly titled "The Simpsons" for which Groening was now creator and executive producer of, debuted on Fox as a half hour Christmas special on December 17, 1989 and as a regular series on January 14, 1990. In 1993, Groening formed "Bongo Comics Group" which publishes "Simpsons Comics," "Itchy and Scratchy Comics," "Bartman," "Radioactive Man," "Lisa Comics" and "Krusty Comics." In 1995, he founded and published "Zongo Comics," which included "Jimbo" and "Fleener" Groening oversees all of the licensing and merchandising of the "The Simpsons." He is also a best selling author, publishing books such as "Life in Hell," "Work is Hell" and "School is Hell," based on his "Life in Hell" comic strip, and "Bart Simpson's Guide to Life" based on "The Simpsons" animation. Groening is also creator and Executive Producer of "Futurama," another animated prime time television show.

Dan DeCarlo was born in 1919 and passed away in 2001. Since 1994, Bill Morrison has served as editor and as a principal writer and artist at Matt Groening's Bongo Comics, helping to creatively oversee the Simpsons empire. He was also an art director for the hit animated TV series "Futurama" on Fox Television.