Tips To Creating Your Own Cartoon Strip

Drawing cartoons is a fun and rewarding way to earn a living or make extra money. The traditional four square cartoon strip is usually found somewhere on the back pages of a tabloid newspaper. Cartoon strips are mostly syndicated around the world, meaning that they are licensed to appear in any periodical, for the successful artist this can mean a lot of money in royalties. A newly syndicated cartoon strip may take many years to establish in a newspaper and competition to get syndicated is tough. 4anime

If you plan to create a short humour cartoon strip, firstly you need to create your characters. Obviously, cartoons are based on imagination, but real characteristics can be and often are applied. You can use your Uncle’s forgetfulness, your Grandmas temper or your friends shyness. Anything goes.

Think of a title for your cartoon strip, something simple, study other strips in your genre for ideas then name each character, this will cement them in your strip and help the reader to bond with them. Make the names meaningful and fun but not too whacky.

Once you have created your characters, you can begin your script. First, loosely outline the plot, beginning, middle and end. Think about your joke carefully, a good script is the backbone of your work, and will help to sell your idea better that brilliant artwork with a poor script.

The fun part is then sketching out your idea before you complete your finished artwork. Usually cartoons are drawn much larger than they appear, sometimes as large as A2. This helps when printing as lines can appear much and easier on the eye. Make sure that your speech balloons are clear and easy to read, and check for spelling mistakes.` It is also a good idea to ask friends and relatives what they think of you cartoons before you finish inking in.

When inking your final drawing always keep your illustrations fairly simple, without too much fuss. A busy cartoon with too much cross hatching or detail (unless specified in a brief of for a glossy magazine) will not look good.