Learning How To Draw Cartoon Characters Takes Practice And Patience

By Krystal Branch

A lot of people think that being able to draw the cartoon is extremely difficult. They are probably the people who had difficulty in art classes at high school, and watched in awe as their friends drew the most amazing characters in lessons. However, learning how to draw cartoon characters is not as difficult as most people believe.

Learning the fundamentals of drawing cartoons does not take very long, and it doesn't depend on having any previous artistic experience. It is all down to your willingness to learn, and being patient. It is not a skill that you have to be born with, or that runs in the family, anybody should be able to draw very simple characters in a few hours. The more time and effort you put into it, the better you will become.

If you take a look at some of the most famous cartoon characters, you will find that they are very simple. The faces of the characters are very basic, and they just have one or two very outstanding features, so in this kind of drawing less is more. There is no need to make them very complicated.

As with learning any new subject, you have to learn every new skill step-by-step. You will need to adopt a strategy to help you draw your characters much easily. When you start drawing the face, decide what shape you want first. If you want your character to have a long face, start with an oval shape, a round face means that you start with a circle, and if you want the character to have a square face, obviously you have to use a square. Making use of geometrical shapes makes your task a lot easier.

With this in mind, go and look at some well-known cartoons and you will see that the illustrator did base their faces on these geometrical shapes. Follow the same steps when drawing the eyes, ears and mouth. When you have finished drawing the head, go and do the same with the body. In no time at all you will have a sketch of a very basic cartoon character.

One basic rule you should try to follow in your drawings is to keep them as simple as possible. If you over-complicate your drawings you could easily run into problems, especially when you are starting out as a cartoonist. This could make the whole task very frustrating, and the enjoyment will be lost, and you will probably stop trying to draw.

You should not even think about adding fine details to your drawings until the initial basic sketch has been completed to your satisfaction. Before you start fine tuning your drawings, take another look at some well-known cartoons to see how the artists have made use of simple shapes to form their characters strong features. You should not be too concerned if you feel that you are copying somebody else's work, because, in fact, what you are doing is creating your own style.

If you follow a simple step-by-step procedure you will soon learn how to draw cartoon characters. As you become more confident, the time it takes for you to draw great characters will speed up, so do not worry about how long the first ones take. It is so important that you concentrate on developing a strategy, and a style, and then you will start to get the results that you want.

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