DrawingCartoons and theBeginning of ArtExpressionStep-by-step with Illustrations      By Elly Potamianos
Cartoon drawing is most fun when                                        relaxing, observing, and analyzing                ...
Square Illustration 1, 2, and 3Other practice techniques would be transparency drawing by using light orthin paper. You ca...
Once you’ve drawn an overview of your subject, filling in the details will nowbe your choice, along with the extent of rea...
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"Drawing Cartoons and the Beginning of Art Expression," by Elly Potamianos

  1. 1. DrawingCartoons and theBeginning of ArtExpressionStep-by-step with Illustrations By Elly Potamianos
  2. 2. Cartoon drawing is most fun when relaxing, observing, and analyzing our surroundings. This is of course true for any art form, but cartoon drawing is simple and characteristically a humorous expression. It’s great for the beginner artist. Remember though, that to be a clown you must first be a master. Measuring, practicing, and Square Illustration 4 implementing a basis to your art, is imperative. Within a composition of art it is the basal of which everyartist must understand and perceive. It is a fundamental foundationessential for any degree of talent.As a priority, your keen observation is much more important than yourphysical drawing capabilities and technique. Anyone can do it. The level ofan individual’s talent can only be reached by practice, more practice,observation, and continued visual analysis. The highest level and bestresource to learning is visual, but listening to your favorite music can helpset the mood and open the imagination.The best steps to take in learning the art of cartoon drawing would be toobtain a good overview of your subject. View it in different shapes andforms that may be camouflaged within its’ body. Your simplest practicewould be circles, squares, pyramids, and cylinders.Let’s take the square and draw another over it, but move one slightly so thatwe can see both shapes as one overlaps the other in a cascading manner.Then draw lines from each square corner tip to the other. You’re nowbeginning to see a little perspective. Now erase the extra lines to make itsolid. You can now add light reflection by either darkening the linethickness on one side of the square, or shadow by color filling one side adarkish grey shade. Here we’ve taken a three dimensional object andconverted it on paper into a two dimensional view. (See Square Illustrations1, 2, 3, & 4) 2 Drawing Cartoons & the Beginning of Art Expression | with Illustrations by Elly Potamianos
  3. 3. Square Illustration 1, 2, and 3Other practice techniques would be transparency drawing by using light orthin paper. You can also take a picture and if necessary crop it, or evenpausing a video to draw from it. You can also begin by copying your favoritecartoon for practice. Personally, I think Mickey Mouse is the mostcharacteristically created mouse featured with the most circles ever appliedon a cartoon drawing. Cartoon Illustration 1 & 2 3 Drawing Cartoons & the Beginning of Art Expression | with Illustrations by Elly Potamianos
  4. 4. Once you’ve drawn an overview of your subject, filling in the details will nowbe your choice, along with the extent of realism you want to portray.Determining the emphasis and exaggeration in these details within yourobject or character will produce your original cartoon or caricature. (SeeCartoon Illustrations 1, 2, & 3)Whether you’re interested in a hobby or profession, it takes maturity andpractice, along with learning the many techniques through observation,measurement, and drawing. There are many styles of art to appreciate, andonce you’ve practiced and cultivated your knowledge you will have your ownoriginality to contribute, and work to enjoy. Cartoon Illustration 3 Drawing Illustration by Elly Potamianos 4 Drawing Cartoons & the Beginning of Art Expression | with Illustrations by Elly Potamianos

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