How To Draw Cartoon Characters Like The Pros

Following a Simple Step-by-Step

A cartoon of the warrior in chariot ready to FIRE!A cartoon of the warrior in chariot ready to FIRE!

Cartoon characters can be fun to draw...if you're in the right mood, feelin' good and passionate about drawing cartoons, then...now is the chance! The Hombre here sure aint handsome!

So if you can just loosen up a bit, grab a pencil, think about darling Grandma as she is quite a character to draw, then start drawing. I bet she will be delighted with the results - even if you have given her the ugliest bulbous nose!

Chances are you've read and watched your fair share of cartoons so show grandma's hooked nose or whatever shape it is, her goose neck - and draw!

Exaggerate whatever you think is cool but nothing 'orrible eh! This will shine through as you begin to draw your own. Cartoons are about character rather than trying to create a realistic drawing.

Here are some ways to get started.

If you're drawing a cartoon of a person, you might pick one feature and emphasize it. This might be the eyes, mouth or hair. Draw attention to that detail by making it slightly bigger and more detailed than the other features. Then look at things like clothing, ears and lips can be suggested by more simple shapes.

Eyebrows add a lot of expression to your cartoon character. They can be delicate or bold, angry or excited. Eyebrows are so important that you even see them on animals in animated movies.

They add so much and help to create a story. In general, cartoon character heads are a little larger than you might see in real life.

Hand gestures show a lot of character and motion. Hands can be tricky to draw, so don't be frustrated if they don't look perfect. You don't need to draw them in detail, since the character's facial expression is typically most important. Look at how other cartoons are drawn to see how you can suggest hands without having to labor over them. Many well-known cartoon characters wear gloves, and this can be easier to draw.

You can also add lines to show motion and emotions. For instance, we've all seen a character zooming away, with lines trailing behind them to suggest speed. Another type of effect is a squiggle mark over the head to show frustration or a light bulb over the head to show inspiration. You can always use thought bubbles or captions to show what your cartoon character is thinking or saying.

Have fun with this! There are no rules, just the ability to get started and use your imagination. Keep practicing and trying new things. Your cartoon characters can't wait to get on the page and say hello!

A Bunch of my friendly cartoon animalsA Bunch of my friendly cartoon animals

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