Five Simple Steps to Drawing Fantastic Cartoons
November 30, 2009 by Answer Provider
Many people start their drawing hobby by learning how to draw cartoons. If you look at the notebooks of young children who have a talent for drawing, you’ll often see recognizable cartoon characters doodled in the margins. When you want to progress further and draw more realistic things like animals and people, then it is still useful to use cartoon drawing as a base. Especially when learning how to draw people, starting with cartoons can make it an easier transition.
Learning to draw cartoons of people is often easier than drawing animal cartoons, because people essentially have the same basic shape and structure. Animals have a wide range of shapes and sizes, and while some might be simpler than others, there isn’t much about animal shapes that is universal. But when you draw people, there is the standard oval shape for a head, rectangles for legs and arms, and of course the same balance of two arms and two legs.
When you start learning how to draw cartoons of people, it’s often best just to start with structure and focus your energies on drawing stick people. This sounds overly simple, because after all who hasn’t drawn hundreds of stick figures before? But the point of this exercise is to concentrate on the drawing techniques of keeping the image symmetrical and to maintain proper proportions. Usually, it is a good idea to draw a line down the center of the stick figure to help ensure that everything on the left matches what’s on the right.
The next step when drawing cartoons of people is to go beyond rounded stick figures. This means really looking at the human shape and at all the bones there are in our bodies, specifically in the arms and legs. To draw people you need to look at the joints in our arms and legs and make the necessary bends to the structure of your stick figure. Add rectangles to fill out the thinness of your stick drawing and with a little detail in clothes and the face, you’ll have created a simple cartoon person.
Learning how to draw cartoons is a fun way to learn how to draw, and a good way to get drawing tips so you can draw a person. It can be frustrating to try and create a more realistic looking person on paper, especially if you are new to drawing or don’t have the innate ability. If you start with cartoons, then you can learn the foundation of creating realistic objects by getting the hang of symmetry and proportions, and learning how the body actually looks. Once you have that down, you can move on to more challenging images.
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