Tips In Cartooning

August 22, 2014

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Jan Sanders Old sailors never die 1985 ill p 29
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Cartooning is a good hobby, a hobby enjoyed mostly by those who really have the talent as an artist. You may just do cartooning to satisfy yourself but you can also learn through cartooning. There are people who love reading and watching cartoons. Cartoons are everywhere. They are on television, magazines, newspapers and comics. But how are you going to have high earnings in cartooning? Your cartoons must possess high quality so that people will embrace and love it and will crave for more of your cartons. But of course, dont you ever forget stories that will leave marks on them. So here are some tips that will help you.
1.Paper matters
Use high quality of paper. A laser paper will do. Choose a thick quality paper so that the ink will not blot. When you draw for magazines, 6 1/4″ X 9 1/4″ paper is a good size. There will be ten to fifteen drawings that could fit in that paper size.

2.Drawing
Practice makes perfect. Practice everyday. It will enhance your skills and you will be able to discover new ideas. You may also take a look and collect the cartoons made by your favorite cartoonist. Study how he does his cartoons and trace it. Once you are done with your sample portfolio, you show them to a friend. Ask them how the find your work, if they understand it. If they have any comments, fix it.

3.Callouts lettering
Just like drawing, you also need to practice the lettering to produce a good one. Try using a pencil first to give room for errors before using the ink. Center your lettering in the callouts. All the lines between the letters should be of the same distance. The lesser the words in a dialogue, the better. Make the letters heavier or thicker if you want to specify that the character is shouting.

4.Color
Choose what colors tool is best for your cartoons. You may choose from watercolors, acrylics, poster paints, colored pencils, pastels or oil paints. Also consider what color should be used depending on the moods of the characters or the scene.

Kim, 20, aspiring, inspiring
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