Christopher Hart is basically a criminal against developing artists.
His “How to draw” books are pretty much only suitable for the age bracket that’s just old enough to get something out of the similar tutorials found beneath Slylock Fox on Sundays. They’re also pretty goddamn misogynistic about the appearance of girls. In the Hart universe, girls must appear only in wardrobe fitting for underwear or a roll in the hay, and the only weight a girl is allowed to carry must be in her breasts.
Now I’m not going to claim to be a master of drawing the female figure (as seen above), but I also don’t put out a series of books claiming to show you how.
You want a good basic “how to draw” book? Look up books by Ben Caldwell or get the Posebook app by Stephen Silver. Those are two guys that know what they’re doing, drawing wise at least.
Oh, and here is where you can find the original image I used above. It is of course copyright Christopher Hart. For better or worse.
I think the only Christopher Hart book that was ever useful to me was the crime noir one… and that was only for the shading style. The other books (that were given to me as gifts when I as an impressionable preteen, and thus assuring that my art suffered for years) I go back and look at them every now and then and laugh at the terrible work…. then I cry because he’s influencing other young artists.
I feel a little more optimistic! It’s time for a new generation of books about drawing. And I don’t mean discarding the library of good things we already have; just adding to it. There are definitely some great books out there—from the present as well as the last few decades—but the artists who grew up with Hart’s sort of “how-to-draw” books probably have something to teach about what could make a how-to-draw book useful and accessible to young artists who wish to learn. I hope that our generation of budding artists/professionals turn around and give the next generation the sort of drawing books we craved when we were learning!