How to Create Your Own Cartoon: Design and Layout

Cartoon face with red eyes. Vector illustration for anime, manga in japanese style

So you like to draw and you have an idea for a funny cartoon. You’d like to make a finished cartoon or comic strip, but you don’t really know where to begin. It’s not that difficult, once you know the details. Here’s how to create your own cartoon, starting with design and layout.

In this case, I’m talking about a one-panel gag cartoon, the type you see in the political cartoon section of the paper, or in magazines. You could also make multiple-panel comic or cartoon strips, to show several things happening in sequence. 4anime

Those are a little more complicated, because in addition to having to draw the individual boxes, you need to think about sequential drawing. In other words, how the series of pictures creates a sense of drama or action. You need to consider comedic timing, pausing for effect, if necessary. You’ll also need to think about how you will show your punch line in a picture.

Sure, you can have the character standing there saying the punch line, but if you are somehow able to make it even funnier with the cartoon, all the better. This can be by adding a silent character reacting to the situation, or by having the speaking character involved doing something that looks funny.

 

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