Cartoon Sketches:
Funny, Goofy, Light or Absurd?

by Jolyon Hooley
(Berea DBN)

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Cartoon Sketch

It can be quite inspiring to see a great cartoon in a newspaper or magazine showing the funny side of human nature.


I always get a laugh or two when opening the New Yorker mag with its quite original cartoons. The cartoon sketches themselves are often quite crude as if they've been drawn by a fifth grader. But that's not the point, with the clever punch line, it matters little about how good or bad the drawing is.

Children have a natural flair for cartooning, they draw without trying to make it look good—that is until teacher comes along and imposes her viewpoint thereby inhibiting the child’s creativity. Yeah, this happens all too often.

There is a difference of course when a child accepts willingly a step-by-step procedure to improve their skills especially when they have a passion for drawing and sketching.

There are many rewarding fields in cartooning especially in TV and video games. There seems to be more millionaires made overnight in creating video games. So roll out your 3D software and get cracking—and you don't need a programmer or scriptwriter.

Cartoon sketches are used in many areas and so learning just the basics and knowing them well, they can be used in so many other areas.

You'll find many multiple styles and techniques that can be used effectively in your work. Don't permit your cartoon style to become a "me-to" meaning do not copy the style of other cartoonists or using their gag lines.

It is good to be an individualist and just be yourself in your cartooning. Rules do not exist in cartooning and there is no prescribed way, no road to follow for success except your own individual road. Get out your pencils, sketchbook, and draw, making them Funny, Goofy, Light or Absurd!

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Funny, Goofy, Light or Absurd?

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by: Anonymous

Many years ago I had drawn some cartoons and they were my own. I wanted to get a second opinion about what I had drawn so I took them to a college near me and talked to an art teacher.

She told me they were childish and that I could do better. This hurt me and I have never drawn a cartoon since. I draw other things instead of cartoons. I thought cartoons were suppose to be funny and like this person said absurd,funny and goofy, apparently the art teacher I went too did not appreciate art really.

One day I might try to do some cartoons :)

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Agreeing with Jolyon's comments
by: Byron

Jolyon, I have to agree with your comments about cartoon sketches, especially those comments regarding kids and how they are taught art in school right from the early grades.

I've seen some brilliant studies by kids who have an insatiable passion for art.

One thing stands out like a barn door with kids drawings; as they go up in their grades their drawings lose their spontaneity, that certain vibe that the younger children have. This is not the case with all kids as few retain their creativity.

As a grandfather, I first noticed this when my eldest grandson moved up in his grades. He came to me one day and told me his teacher said "You must change that color to green and another color to red." He was upset with this so I started to take note of kids drawings.

Kids must be given free rein in all the arts until they show a passion for it. Creativity cannot be forced on anyone because we are all naturally creative, kids especially.


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