Funny, Goofy, Light or Absurd?
by Jolyon Hooley
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!