One of the most famous and favourite form of drawings would be cartoons. These are very fun to watch or read. If you want to learn to draw cartoons, here are the basic things you should know for you to be able to start out creating your own.

Choose Your Medium: Still Or Moving?

The medium that you would be using is very important. This would have an effect on the overall impact and look of your work. What is it that you want to do? Do you want to go for single cartoons or cartoon strips like the ones you get to see on the comic page of your newspaper or do you want to have a full scale movie? Picking one would affect how you start. However, for beginners, it would be best to save the movie later!

Who’s Your Main Character?

Pick out a main character. Is it a male or female? Is it human or an animal, or maybe a vegetable perhaps? What are its main features? Usually, cartoons have exaggerated features and roughly ignore other ones.

Start Off By Sketching

If you have seen a movie storyboard, you'll know that it’s just a rough outline and overview of what would be happening on a certain scene. It doesn’t have full blown details on it. If you want to draw a strip, it would be better for you to plan out what would be happening in each of your frames. Get the summary of what you want your final cartoon to look like.

Develop Your Main Character

Doing this would take some time. It's way better to at least draw something than be agonized over the exact placement of each line. Try to see early Mickey Mouse cartoons or even early episodes of the Simpsons. Try to compare these to the present and you’ll see that the characters have evolved over the years.

Add Some Drama: Use Emotions!

Don’t forget to add emotions to your main character. May it be a cheeky grin or raised eyebrows, whatever variation you put on his/her features can help in giving him/her more character, life and personality. Unless you intend your main character to be totally expressionless and still, it’s rewarding to give it emotions. If they are scared or angry, you could emphasize this using the next step.

Add Some Life: Use Color!

Assuming that you would be displaying strip on your Web site or you would be printing it off from your colored printer, it is best that you add color to your work. This would give people variety to look at. It also helps give more life to your cartoon. Remember, since cartoons are not always depicting reality, having a non-realistic colored character is all right, take the Pink Panther for instance.

Add Some Depth: Use Shading

Adding a few strokes of shading would go a long way for cartoons. Your readers’ minds would fill out the blanks. Thus, you do not really have to draw each strand of hair, if your character has a hairy leg. Just place enough strands and some hints. Their imagination would do its job and join the dots. In fact, this is extremely effective and would allow your readers to develop their imaginations.

Add Environment: Use A Background

Like shading, this doesn't require too much detail. Placing a pyramid shaped outline if your character is in Egypt would do fine. You do not have to draw the Sphinx, unless your storyline requires it.

Let Them Speak: Add Some Caption

The final touch in giving your character life is by letting is speak. It doesn’t matter if it’s an animal or human. They do speak. Decide whether you are going to put the lines on a speech bubble or simply below the cartoon box.

 

Cars could be a really cool subject to draw, especially if you love racing and other sports related to it. Nevertheless, may you be a car fan or not, cars are definitely one good subject to draw. This is because they can be seen anywhere and they could stand still for days and not even move giving you more time to draw its main essence. Here are the essentials if you want to learn to draw cars.

Be Familiarized

To start you should first get some exposure to different kinds of cars. Try to look at different pictures of cool cars. Study their shapes along with the shape of their spoilers. Other than shape take note of their colors and graphics. Try to study how extras features work, like butterfly doors and spoilers. Doing this can greatly help you visualize the way and orientation of how you should draw them on different positions.

Get A Model

You should get a model. You can get a book with car pictures, have a real car to draw or even get a toy car. It all depends on your preference. Although it is tempting to have a number of cars to draw in one picture, it is best to start out with just one at the moment.

Keep It Simple

Start making a sketch of a normal shape of a car. Remember to keep it simple. You can do this by using basic shapes. Create an oval to mark as its windshield, have a trapezoid for its hood, sides, and the passenger area. Lastly, add simple circles as its the wheels.

Add Some Emphasis

Next, start emphasizing your car by adding some pressure on some of your sketch lines. Try employing progressively darker lines. This can thresh out the shapes you’ve just drawn in the previous step. Cool cars have dynamic shapes. They usually have flowing hoods or sharp angular hoods. In most cases they also have pretty small passenger seats. For instance, a corvette usually has large flares on its front wheels. However, if you look closely, you’ll see that these flares are just simple arcs which flow to the hood and up to the passenger area.

Get Cool And Accessorize!

If you want to have a really cool car, then it is a must that you pimp it up by adding graphics and cool accessories. One example would be a spoiler, which looks something like a fishtail. It comes right off your car’s back portion. You can draw this in whatever way you want it to be. However, once you start drawing it, try your best to imagine that the car is moving and the wind is flowing through the spoiler. Draw your spoiler in a way that it looks natural and has the ability to cut through air.

It could also look like a fishtail that is turned on its side to look like as if it was created to push air which forces the car’s nose into the ground. Draw this right from the back. It has to be an angular line which transforms into a quite shallow arc. After this, cup a shape under it that would connect it back into the angular line which attaches to your car.

Draw Some Car Art

If you’ll be drawing racing cars, for sure there are many graphics on it. If so, remember to draw the graphics directly right on your car. This is so that they would wrap around its body. This gives a much natural look.