how I draw cartoons

How I draw cartoons - the process of creating a cartoon

On this page I'll talk through the steps of how I created the cartoon 'What wonderful weather!'.

The picture below shows how the cartoon appears in its final form on the site.

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This is the pencil sketch prior to inking. Most of the details are already in place. After completing the sketch I felt that there was a little too much white space around the middle of the drawing. I thought about adding another character, or some sort of object, but I didn't want it to dominate the picture. Later on I came up with the idea of adding the wet footprints to break up the space.

I try not to make the drawing too tight, as I want to the lines of the characters to flow. The majority of the cartoons on this site were draw straight from fibre tip without the use of a pencil sketch. I find this is very effective for simpler cartoons as it really allows the lines to flow. If I make a mistake I can either start again or correct on the computer. For more complicated drawings I need a pencil sketch to help map out the perspective and the detail.

how I draw cartoons


I have now completed most of the inking and will shortly start to start erasing the pencil marks.

how I draw cartoons


This is the basic ink drawing just after it has been scanned into the computer. I adjusted the threshold setting which has made the black lines sharper, and also helped to clean up the picture. Next, I'll started to put in the grey tones. After adding the grey tones, I'll fill in any final details and do a little cleaning.

how I draw cartoons


Here is the final picture.

I hope this has been of interest.

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