Drawing Cartoons: Part 3
by Juliet Mascarenhas
WHAT NEXT?!! You have loads of cartoon doodles before you! Can you turn your new hobby into something profitable? The Answer is YES! You can create wonderful artwork with your doodles. What you need is plenty of paper and good imagination. In Part Three of our CARTOON DRAWING series, you will see some examples of how to make your doodles work for you!
1. HOMEMADE GREETING CARDS
You can think up just about any occasion to make a greeting card for a loved one. Besides bringing forth oohs! and aahs! of admiration from them, they are sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness and the time that has gone into making this personalized greeting. For nice-looking cards, stick a white square paper on coloured card paper. Draw your doodles on the white surface, colour them, and stick on some ribbons or buttons for a special touch. Be sure to write an appropriate message on the card, such as HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THANK-YOU, etc. (see examples below)
2. MEMBERSHIP BADGES
These are great to "show off" your doodling talent to the members of your special group. If this does not make you the leader of your team, I am not sure what will :-) You can make badges of thick cardboard covered with paper stuck on, or bottle covers with paper stuck on. Draw or paint a feature of your group on your badge and be sure to inscribe the name of your special group! (see example below) Stick a double piece of ribbon at the back of the badge to attach a safety pin. There! you are done.
3. CARTOON STRIPS
Nothing illustrates humour better than cartoons! Here is you chance to turn your favorite joke into a cartoon! Or, do you have a message for someone that you can't deliver yourself? Then, make a cartoon strip greeting card and mail it off to that someone! You can even write and draw your own cartoon strips for your class magazine. It is not very important that your drawings must be perfect, so long as they say what they want! To get your cartoons to speak, add some Speech Bubbles to your characters. Hint: If there is more than one character in your strip, try and see the situation from each of the character's point of view. This is a good way to learn to identify with other people's ideas and explore different viewpoints. Something similar can be used for Thought Bubbles. What is the person thinking and why? (see below - some speech and thought bubbles)
Now for an example of a real cartoon strip:
Hope you enjoyed cartooning! Use your imagination to come up with new ideas to put your cartoons to use. Try book labels, gift tags, bookmarks, doorknob hangars, etc. etc. and surprise your loved ones!
~ Bye! See you again, next week!
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