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Christopher Hart
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Christopher Hart is the world's Best-Selling Author of How-To-Draw books. His books have sold over 6 million copies, and are translated into 20 languages. He is published by Random House, and other fine publishers.

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my new book, "How To Get Published As A Manga Artist."


So many novices are so afraid of getting their work stolen by an agent or a publisher that they affix a huge copyright warning on the cover of their proposal. Yet they think nothing of participating in online writers’ chat rooms and batting ideas back and forth for feedback.

This is a terrible, terrible idea. Never, ever describe your concept online, in written words or illustrations, before it is copyrighted. I would also strongly advise against it even after it’s copyrighted.

Suppose, however, you fearlessly go forth and share your proprietary concepts anyway, because you feel that the feedback is that valuable. And let’s say that someone reads your post about your work-in-progress and likes it. In fact, this person likes it so much that he takes the idea and changes it just enough to make it difficult to prove that he stole it. Maybe he beats you to the punch and comes out with his idea first. You publish your idea second. And now it appears that you stole his idea!

People will try to get away with whatever you allow them to. Don’t give anyone the opportunity. Share your ideas with a tight-lipped friend. Some people feel safe sharing their ideas at writers’ “critique” groups that meet monthly, in person. You may trust these writers, because you feel you know them. Would you, therefore, share your PIN number with them? If not, then why in the world would you share your ideas with them? Aren’t those worth something to you in the time and toil you’ve put into them?

Certainly, it can be a scary thing, sending off your graphic novel—your “baby”—to agents and publishers. Naturally, you’ll want to copyright your work. Most first-timers affix a copyright symbol to the front of their work, often with some kind of official-sounding copyright notice or warning. This immediately prompts two thoughts in agents’ and publishers’ minds: (1) This guy’s a total amateur, and (2) This guy is paranoid that someone’s going to steal his stuff. He may sue. Better to send a “form reject” rather than to get involved with this type.

This chapter continues, and shows you exactly how to get a copyright. "How to Get Published As A Manga Artist" contains so much valuable information for the aspiring manga artist, that I have every confidence you'll find it an essential part of your art library. Pick up your copy today, only on Amazon, at this link:…

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From Christopher Hart's book, "How to Get Published As A Manga Artist" Copyright 2014

--Christopher Hart
Your How-To-Draw Sherpa
  • Listening to: Sales pitches over the phone
  • Reading: Other people's tattoos
  • Watching: Dubbed silent movies
  • Playing: Full contact checkers
  • Eating: No fat pizza
  • Drinking: Pepsi, without the fizz

If you weren't an artist, what what you do? 

126 deviants said Something else creative, money is secondary for me.
68 deviants said Something purely for the money, so i can be rich
25 deviants said I would be an artist no matter what.
20 deviants said I'd like to work with artists, as an agent, editor, or something like that


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chaosgirl13 Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Student General Artist…
Would it be considered plagiarism if I were to interpret one of the characters offered in one of your guidebooks, even though it looked different, but the concept was the same?
theconfusedchibi Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, sensei noticed me! Icon - 048 Hironi (Sad Cry) 
Thank you for the favorite! (((\(@v@)/)))
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Wolfheartrocks Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist…

Umm, is this a good start to my manga? (I think it's a manga. X) With cats and coloured) Sweating a little... 
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Mewsol Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have limitations as to what you will critique?- ex. mature content, gore, etc.

I bought one of your books at a younger age but decided a book on figure drawing was better for my purposes. I prefer to draw from life and use photographs as references.
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Wolfheartrocks Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just bought "Manga Mania". It helps so much! Thanks a lot! ^^
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graneo Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I bought your first book (Chibi & Furry) when I was in elementary school, and then I continued to buy them. Your books were really important to me when I was a kid and I passed stacks of them around to my friends whenever they got interested in art.

I wanted to thank you for making me passionate about drawing at a young age! It helped me to explore other mediums when I got older, and I look back to your books now and again because they really are pretty awesome. They have had a huge influence on me growing up!
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
TMNTbyEllSmyth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello Christopher!!!  Hi its me ELL! :D  I havent kept up to date with you on my Manga art. I'm sorry, kinda got caught up on my life and the art of Manga. Sweating a little...  

I don't know if you remember me or not, but I'm the girl who asked about how to succeed in my life at my career on wanting to learn how to draw Manga/Anime and become a comic book artist!

You gave me some very good suggestions and tips. Not mention many words of encouragement. I thank you a lot for that. Thanks for everything!   I was watching your latest YouTube video on how to draw a sexy Manga Girl and I noticed that you showed us your new book!

I had been looking for it and I found it the other day and purchased it! I just wanted to say thanks again because I really love it, and I can't wait to improve my art skills more.

I also drew this out of the book -->…

I kinda went a little bit of my own style and added some changes. Hope thats okay. He looked similar to one of the characters that I like on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So I kinda made him into that character :D

Since I havent been keeping you up to date on my Manga improvements. Here it is…

Most of them are in my Manga/ Anime folder, but theres a few I think in my Sketches fold as well. So you might want to check that out too.

Thanks again so much for everything! Really, your words of encouragement and books have helped me gain a lot, and over come many fears this year. 
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Kirathewolf32 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a book that shows how to make animal draws well your book of how to make animals...Toothless Epic clapBlue Pixel Orb Wut? Dog Face 
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jmralls2001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   General Artist
Hey, Christopher, what kinds of books do you read?
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Silmarrien Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to Mystical Forest :iconmystical-forest:

Thank you for joining our group! It’s a great pleasure for us to have you as a member! :iconautumntree3plz:
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AdelaideQueen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist…
I usually like your work, but these faces are a little strange...
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glasscat13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy crap it's you.  The blessing and curse of my 12 year old drawing career.  Perhaps my love for your work is out of some pleasure for an ironic aesthetic but I simultaneously despise and respect you completely.  I hope this message expresses my unwarranted mixed feelings towards you and your art and the nostalgia for the awkward years that your books brings me.  Thank you for existing and I hope you have a pleasant day.
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SophiaDahlen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
So how do you hire contributing artists?
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Speii Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering, but have you ever considered making a guide for colouring?
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Mariah-K Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got the Humongous Book of Cartooning for my birthday a few days ago and I'm already improving!… Thanks for writing such a great book!
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EvilPigPowers Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just found out that you have a drawing book on furries. That's super awesome! I've been wishing that you had one and then *BLAM!* You do have a book on them. :D That book is at the top of my wishlist.
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YoungTurksFan666 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014  New member
Oh my kami-sama!:omgomg:  I didnt know my sensei was also on DA!   Junko Enoshima (Kawaii Blush) [V5] *squeee!*
(plz notice me senpai:lovesquee: , of course)
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cg-E Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
oh dear i found you on deviantart :O i've allways wanted to say you are a fake mangaka why should ppl learn drawing manga your fake way :O

but anyways have a nice day..
thecucuyo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
OMG Christopher Hart! I didn't know you were on this site! I'll be honest, I stumbled on your page completely by accident when I saw the picture of your adorable new puppy.  

I have a few of your books and am always inspired by your artwork, and bumping into you on this site is probably the closest I'll ever get to meeting you in real life.
Best of luck with Wally. ^^
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Bickcomixx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
Say, have you ever tried pitching a animated cartoon before?
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Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
thank you for making awesome books Chris:D and i think its soo cool that your name has the word Art in it and your an artist
thses are books i got of yours so far..theres soo many more to get ..great thing about buying your books i have less candy cash:P

Figure It Out!: The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!),
Figure It Out! Human Proportions: Draw the Head and Figure Right Every Time (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!!!!just got it today:D,
Fashion Design Studio: Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, Hairstyles & More (Creative Girls Draw),
Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy: The Ultimate Reference for Comic Book Artists,
Manga for the Beginner Midnight Monsters: How to Draw Zombies, Vampires, and Other Delightfully Devious Characters of Japanese Comics,
Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy,
How to Draw Comic Book Heroes and Villains,
Drawing Cutting Edge Comics,
Manga Mania Occult & Horror: How to Draw the Elegant and Seductive Characters of the Dark,
How to Draw Great-Looking Comic Book Women.just got today:D,
Drawing Fantastic Furries: The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Anthropomorphic Characters,

1st books of yours I saw were from my Library they were
How to Draw Fantasy Characters,
Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens and Dragons and
Kids Draw Angels, Elves, Fairies & More
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! It's funny to see you having a DeviantArt account.
I know you from the books (they sell translated versions here in practically all big book stores). I'm surprised to find someone like you even having an own account at DeviantArt, as I wouldn't guess a published artist had that much time on his hands.

Nevertheless, I'd love to have some feedback on my art, if it isn't too far outside of you comfort zone. I feel like my style has diverted from the typical manga stuff a while ago already. 
NlCOTINE Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your books got me into my current style (I read the first one when I was eight!) Thank you so much!
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ChristianHedgie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student General Artist
:happybounce:  I didn't know you were on DA!

I just love your books Mr. Hart! To anyone who asks for great how-to-draw books, I always recommend yours!

And when I was searching for books on drawing manga, I was more than ecstatic to find you do those as well!

Oh thank you so much! :squee:
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