Learning Cartoon Illustration

One of my goals for this year was to start learning cartoon illustration, and this weekend I decided to take the first step towards that endeavor.

I really didn’t know where to start, so I started with a Internet search.  After reading up on some suggestions and looking at examples, I decided to give it a try.

After a few really bad attempts, I drew the following without using a pencil sketch.  (I was sitting with my kids, and we only had Crayola markers.)

Then, I did something I never thought I’d ever do.  I drove to Best Buy and purchased a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Pad.

Oh, yeah.  I think I’m going to like this new toy.

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7 thoughts on “Learning Cartoon Illustration

    1. Yeah, I’m able to create images that exist as line art, rather than just pixels, when I draw it on the computer, and that opens up a lot more flexibility and scalability. Now, I just need a lot of practice.

  1. That is totally awesome! What a neat concept… I have never seen something like that before… Is this how animation is done now as well? Interesting concept!

    1. Honestly, Victoria, I have no idea. I imagine there are similarities with animation, and it seems that getting the drawings in a digital and editable format like this would be the first step in that process.

  2. I totally want one!!
    On another note, I’m curious as to why you chose this as a goal for the year?

    1. :) Honestly, I don’t have a very good explanation why. Keri and I have talked about writing a children’s books, so that’s probably part of it.

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