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How to draw cartoons

Cartooning is fun. Through cartooning, people, and particularly children, can express themselves freely and without inhibitions. There are very few rules. The drawing itself is fun. It gives fun to family and friends to see what has been achieved and if the end result turns out to be a bit “funny” – Great! That’s what it’s supposed to be.

I have devised a simple formula which is easy to remember and this enables anyone to start drawing cartoons straight away. It also builds confidence and interest in the art of cartooning. I have called the formula “The Fourteen C’s”.

The Fourteen C’s”

You may not realise it but you already have a style! A little like your signature, it will differ from someone else signing exactly the same name. You might not like your cartoon when you have finished it…but don’t worry, it’s not important that you don’t like your cartoon if other people do like it!

You set the rules when you draw. If you make a mistake only you know this and you can easily turn it to your advantage. Incorporate the mistake into your drawing /cartoon and pretty soon you will be glad your pen “slipped!”. Personally I don’t like to do a draft of a cartoon before doing the finished artwork. I feel when you are essentially copying your draft it loses some of the magic, the vibrancy and the energy of the first drawing. This is why I just “go for it” when I draw a cartoon and have confidence in myself that it will turn out alright.

Just go for it!

I hope to add shortly to my Studio’s website other videos which show how to take your cartooning further in order to draw for both profit and pleasure.

The best feeling in the world is when someone looks at your cartoon and says to you… “Could I have that?” It is such a compliment when anyone likes your work enough to want a copy of it for themselves.

Have fun cartooning… It’s what it’s all about!