An editorial cartoon should be simple but also cause a reaction from the reader.An editorial cartoon is an illustration, typically appearing in a newspaper, which attempts to satirize political or cultural events in a way thats funny or at least thought-provoking. Success as an editorial cartoonist requires far more than simply possessing drawing skills. Aspiring cartoonists also need to understand how to make a point through the cartoon and have an ear for the news, so they can turn recent events into relevant illustrations.
Complexity into SimplicityAn editorial cartoon typically only has one frame in which to get its message across, so youll need to turn something that could be quite complicated into a simple drawing that is understandable to most readers. It helps if youve got a clear idea of the point youre trying to make -- and make sure it is just one point -- otherwise your cartoon could become cluttered and too complex by trying to say many things at once.
• Go for EmotionHowever you choose to draw the image and whatever your message, youve got to aim to trigger an emotional response of some kind in the reader. An editorial cartoon that causes no reaction doesnt say much about your abilities in the field. Typically, a cartoonist will aim to make readers laugh through her creation, so its worth injecting humor into your work; but editorial cartoons also can be designed to cause controversy, if the issue involved is polarizing.
• Originality• Any cartoon must be original, and this is especially the case if youre commenting on a statewide or national issue thats likely to be addressed by multiple other cartoonists. Even if your view is similar to many other peoples, you need to find your own take on any news.
• How to Draw a Political CartoonCreating a political or editorial cartoon requires a different skill set, thought process and occasionally different materials from any other type of comic art. Not only does an artist need to be able to draw, but he also needs an understanding of current political and social trends, and a sense of irony in order to express that trend in a creative yet humorous manner.
Cartoonists use 5 main elements to convey their point of view.• symbolism – using an object to stand for an idea.• captioning & labels – used for clarity and emphasis.• analogy – a comparison between two unlike things that share some characteristics.• irony – the difference between the way things are & the way things are expected to be.• exaggeration – overstating or magnifying a problem or a physical feature or habit: big nose, bushy eyebrows, large ears, baldness, etc.
Examples of Symbols Used in Political Cartoons• peace – dove, olive branch, victory sign, scales of justice.• United States – Uncle Sam, flag, stars and stripes, shield, lady liberty.• Democrats – donkey.• Republicans – elephant.• death – vulture, skeleton w/ shroud, skull and crossbones, grim reaper.• love – heart, Cupid, Venus• money – dollar bill or dollar sign.
Symbols used• Dove – Peace• Olive branch -- Peace, forgiveness• Vulture -- Preying on others, death• Skull/bones -- Death• Phoenix -- Something new, rebirth, powerful• Uncle Sam --US government, American people• Tortoise -- Someone slow, winner• Hare -- Someone quick, loser• Scales, a balance -- Supereme court, justice, fairness
• Eagle -- American government, constitution• Laurel wreath -- Victory• Statue of liberty -- Freedom• Bear -- Strength• Chains -- Bondage, slavery• Dawn -- Beginning, hope• Island -- Lost, paradise, isolation• Key --Knowledge, liberation, mystery, initiation• Lightning -- Sudden illumination, destruction of ignorance.• Ocean -- Unfathomable, formlessness, chaos, stability• Pen -- Learning, knowledge, creation of destiny• Raven -- Bad news