How Can I Become a Cartoonist?

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Becoming a cartoonist involves studying the great cartoonists of the ages, drawing every day for practice and experimenting with different facial expressions, emotions and attitudes. Become a successful cartoonist through knowledge and practice with art instruction from a professional cartoonist in this free video on drawing lessons.

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Hi, Joel Hickerson, GrinDog.com. And today we're going to talk about how you can become a cartoonist. The first thing you want to think about is you want to, you want to know who was there before you. And you want to know who the greats were, and whether you choose to emulate their style or not, you need to know what their style was. And, and some of the ones that come into mind, some of the better ones were way back and Tex Avery who was like the predecessor to both Disney and Warner Brothers. And then some of the Warner Brothers greats like Chuck Jones, all the Hanna Barbera guys were pretty good. Disney, Walt Disney got his stable together and they, they did some amazing things. But the Warner Brothers style is kind of the classic beginning place. Where everybody seems to expand out from. There's one prime example of a guy that has taken the style and really done some amazing things with it is John Kricfalusi of Ren and Stimpy fame. And he's gone on to do some other projects with other people. You get on cartoon network and you will find a million different styles. The main thing is to just to educate yourself on the history before you create your style. You could study other cartoonist's approach to exaggeration. Anthropomorphization, which is a big word basically to give human traits to animals. A lot of these characters that they came up with were animals. But they gave them a human personality. But to do that they would exaggerate the features and morph these animals into people-like figures that had emotions and feelings like the people. Other thing is to remember a cartoonist is an actor. So, when you start drawing that image that you're putting on the paper will actually act out a script that you either create or that you have to follow. So, that image that you're drawing or that character has to be able to portray emotions, which the only way to get that is to draw, draw and draw some more until you get better and better at the control of your line and personality of whatever character you're working from. Other than that I don't know what else I can tell you. Study, basically you just study what's already out there and what's been before you. Practice like crazy until you get very good at portraying emotions or physical action in a 2D or 3D character. And, and that's a, that's a great place to start.

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