How to draw a funny cartoon: the basic steps.

Let’s start with a few basic examples:

Romney would have cancelled the paychecks, too ;)

Stop that Pay Check!

Here’s the second one:

staffer gets yelled at by wacky customer

Spider Man’s First Complaints

Click the pictures to see, and use for nonprofit purposes, the cartoons.  Here are the basic steps:

  1. Find a funny joke that is not yet drawn, or could be illustrated in a different manner.
  2. Get some pictures of your candidate if it is political, or mix and match features from a bunch of pictures online – just make sure you do not use any real person’s face unless they are public figures and you are dealing with satire or fair use in commentary over something you can easily prove.
  3. Exaggerate some features if you want.
  4. Who cares if your drawing is not perfect?  Try different techniques in drawing, with different programs.
  5. For difficult drawings, large drawings, etc. use the posterboard method which is you draw one little piece at a time and then use a graphics program to layer and position each piece of the illustration.

Got money to blow?  Great!  Get Corel Painter or Adobe PhotoShop.  Get an art tablet – trust me, these things are incredibly useful (especially with digital signatures on documents, too!)  Here is what I have used and what I highly recommend:

  • Adobe Photoshop – excellent for line art and specialty filters, as well as editing.  Text manipulation is above-board .
  • Corel Painter Essentials 4 is what I use and enjoy!  So, I’m sure you will LOVE the full version — the best all-star feature that this has that I’ve yet to see in Photoshop is the Rotate Canvas feature and the outstanding treatment of paint brushes.  It looks as if you really ARE painting with the real deal on the Simple Water Color brush.  Corel gets my top vote among ALL graphics packages for that alone.
  • Wacom Bamboo Pen – the small one.  I use it because it fits perfectly with the small area on my knee that I like to prop it on, and it can be very easily rotated.

One of these days, I might possibly be able to get a Cintique desk board, which I want want want SO bad!  You can draw on its surface and see the changes in real time on the surface.

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About Amy Barnes

Author has extensive experience in Retail, including two years as a supervisor. Educated in Psychology, Financial Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Programming. Work experience in Law Enforcement, Security (IT), Programming (REALBasic, SQL, VB, JAVA), Retail.
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