Making a cartoon is easy and fun, as you can draw without a lot of limits, which realistic or more sophisticated drawings cannot. Here are some of the basics you need to know about making different types of comics. Have fun !
Method 1 of 3: Build the basics
Step 1. Have what you need, pencil, pen and coloring utensils
Before you start drawing, you need good drawing materials. For a comic book, what we call coloring utensils boils down to: pencils, colored pencils, watercolors, pastels, etc.
Step 2. Start by drawing the outline
The first thing to do in comics is to draw the outlines of the character in broad strokes, preferably with an HB pencil. You have to draw the main features of your character's body and clothes, but also his posture, expression and hair.
Step 3. Iron the character with a drawing pen
Drawing pens offer a wide variety of choices in terms of writing width, color, hold. In addition, these “special design” pens give a clean and smudge-free result.
Step 4. Erase pencil lines with an eraser
Step 5. Put on the colors you want
You can use any coloring tool you know how to color and color however you like.
Method 2 of 3: Create the sets
Step 1. Draw the decoration in large strokes of pencil
Use simple shapes and lines.
Step 2. Add details to the background, which will make it look nicer
Step 3. Iron the decor with a pen
Step 4. Erase the pencil marks
Step 5. Add details and shadows
Shading can be done using fine hatching as seen below.
Step 6. Put on the colors you want
Step 7. You can also match the character with the background
It is enough to combine the two techniques.
Method 3 of 3: Use another way
Step 1. Before you begin, have all the necessary materials
If necessary, draw up a checklist.
Step 2. Get a clear idea of the theme of your comic book
This could for example be crocodile hunting, politics, posting new items, ducks, endangered species, etc.). At this point, this will help you get a good idea of what will need to be in the foreground and background.
Step 3. Next you will need a few characters
So, sketch your heroes on a draft or essay sheet. Start by drawing any shape. It can be anything, a circle, a square, etc. Also, you will need to think about how the character is going to behave. In front of a mirror, take expressions and draw them on your character. Think about what he (or she) is going to do as a movement. Try to imagine what or who he or she will look like.
You can also draw inspiration from comics found in magazines, books, posters or on the Internet, but don't copy them! Warning ! copyright exists
Step 4. Practice making landscapes, objects, etc
To start, you practice drawing scenes without characters, just with objects that you will need later … or not!
Step 5. Make a little cartoon that tells a story
To do this, divide, by hand or better with a ruler, your paper into rectangles or squares.
Step 6. Polish your comic
Remember the main steps: draw the outlines, then color with colored pencils, markers, crayons, paint, glitter, etc. You will also have to think about the size of your drawing: 25, 15, 10 or 5 cm.
Step 7. If your design does not cover all of your paper, cut it out
Then you can glue it, staple it, tape it, etc. wherever you want! !
Step 8. Once completed, you can show it off to your family and friends
Step 9. Ask your friends to help you
- Have a good idea to start before you draw. If you don't know what you want to draw, your comic will be worthless!
- First draw the outlines in pencil. That way if it doesn't go well you can always go back and change.
- Always carry a small notebook and pencil with you at all times. That way if you have a good idea for a cartoon then you can jot it down or sketch out some strokes! Or… you can opt for a small tape recorder if you can afford it.
- Draw the outlines first. If you don't, you'll waste a lot of paper.
- Don't mind people who denigrate you for your drawing skills… there are always jealous people!