In a world of loud voices, sometimes it is hard to be heard. Cartooning is an outlet for artists to express their opinions in a way that can be easily seen by everyone.
Cartoons are a great way to advertise your business or just to express yourself. There are many benefits to creating cartoons. It doesn’t matter how old you are because even the youngest cartoonist can become successful.
Fake It Till You Make It
In order to become successful at something you have to go out there and do it. One of the best ways of doing this is by finding other people who are already successful and learn from them. Surround yourself with successful individuals and draw inspiration from them. By doing this you will find yourself improving your skills as well as gaining more confidence in yourself. If you don’t have anyone in mind, there are plenty of online communities where you can get advice from people who don’t know you. The benefit of this is that they won’t hold back because they don’t know your circumstances, so they will be more blunt than someone close to you would be.
There are many benefits to creating cartoons even if you don’t make a living off of them or don’t have plans on doing so. There is nothing wrong with making your own fun and doing it out of the fun of it. The benefits are many and the reasons to do it are just as many.
There are many ways that you can benefit from creating cartoons such as: It will help you grow as an artist, teach you discipline, help you learn to work better under pressure, allow you to express yourself in different ways, make you more creative, get your mind off of things that may be bothering you, allow you to make friends online, give you a sense of community with other cartoonists and last but not least it will allow you to create something for yourself and others.
You will grow as an artist by constantly drawing little sketches and practicing your skills whenever possible. You will also grow by learning from your mistakes such as when an idea doesn’t work out so well or if a character’s expression doesn’t look right.
Discipline is another thing that can be learned through creating cartoons because this art form is all about discipline. You must be disciplined with your time and the best way to do that is with a schedule. You must keep up with your schedule
In the 1960’s, I was a young and budding artist who had a knack for creating cartoons. My friends loved my work, and I was even rewarded by my high school teachers for it. But, as time went on, I abandoned my skills and dreams of being a cartoonist to focus on more “practical” things…
Twenty-five years later, I have begun to take up the craft again. My friends still love my work, but now they tell me that they always wondered why I stopped.
So, here is what I have learned in just over one month of learning how to create cartoons:
1.) Cartoons are fun! You get an idea in your head, then you get to make that idea come alive! It’s especially satisfying when you can see the change in your drawing from day one until the final draft!
2.) There are many other benefits of creating cartoons.
3.) There are two ways to create a cartoon: digital or traditional (pencil/paper). Both can be great fun for different reasons!
4.) It is much easier than you think to learn how to make cartoons with modern technology! All it takes is dedication and a bit of research–which brings me to my next point…
For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed drawing. So why haven’t I done anything with my art? Well, I was too busy in college and after graduating. But now, I’m going on a cross-country trip with my wife and it’s time to start making a living out of something. I love the internet and all that it has to offer for aspiring cartoonists. There is so much information out there it’s easy to get lost.
Trying to find the right way to get started can be daunting but here are some tips that worked for me. . . . . . . . . .
Hi, I’m Adam. I’m interested in expanding my knowledge of the cartooning industry, and want to learn more about it by creating my own cartoons. Hopefully I’ll start selling my artwork and make some money off of it. There’s a lot of people out there who are a lot better than me at drawing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give this a try because everyone starts somewhere right?
The main goal of this blog is to inform others who may be interested into the same thing, or even just like looking at humorous pictures. If you’re an artist yourself and have any tips for me, feel free to leave them in the comments section. Maybe we could exchange links and become friends as well! Keep in mind that I just started, so don’t expect professional drawings from me. Also don’t expect regular updates from me either since I’m still trying to work out the kinks when it comes to drawing consistently.
If you’d like to check out my paintings, feel free to check out my Deviantart page. My username is XxHowToDrawXx if you’re interested: http://howtodrawadamx.deviantart.com/
Thank you for reading!**’
Sometimes people ask me what my favorite thing to draw is. It’s hard to answer because I am always excited about an idea for the next drawing, but I’ve been enjoying drawing cartoons lately.
I recently read an inspiring article by Jessica Abel called “How To Be A Cartoonist: An Interview with Jules Feiffer”. He gave a lot of great advice to aspiring cartoonists, but here are my top three takeaways that I have been working on incorporating into my work:
1. Have something to say
2. Make it simple
3. Don’t make it precious (or pretty)
The following is an excerpt from the article:
“What do you think of when you hear the word ‘cartoonist’? If you’re like most people, you think of gag comics – those single-panel cartoons that are printed in newspapers and magazines and have a joke that plays on conventional wisdom or makes fun of a public figure or social phenomenon…I don’t think I ever did that kind of cartooning, not even when I was starting out.”
Feiffer started out drawing political cartoons for a newspaper and got frustrated because his work would get cut down to fit in
It was a dark and stormy night. No, really.
I’m not sure where I got that line, but it’s been rattling around in my head for years. Something about it is just so … dramatic. And I picture a guy in a long black duster, maybe Top Hat and Tails, sitting on a stool at the bar of the saloon, telling this story to anyone who will listen: “The night was dark, you know. And there was lightning — BOOM! — right outside of town. It was like there was no tomorrow!”
“But … why?” asks the bartender. “Why did you have to get caught up in this?”
“Because it was my destiny!” he replies. “The cards were stacked against me from the start!”
And now I’m picturing a deck of cards flying through the air —
My name is James Sturm and I’ve been cartooning for over 30 years now. The first cartoon I remember drawing is one that imitated one of my favorite comics as a child: The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé. It featured Tintin and Captain Haddock running for their lives from a shark (the moon) with Dracula in hot pursuit. It’s not