Cartooning Basics: Shapes & Faces

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NEXT: Settings! Text! Eyeballs! (COMING SOON) →
ALSO: Set up a blank mini-comic →

Anybody can draw cartoons… Follow along at home, & you’ll be surprised at the results!

I’m building a set of HOW-TO videos for students & families to use @ home. Each episode covers a different basic cartooning / comics topic, & has a fun activity or challenge at the end…


CHALLENGE ACTIVITY:
Turn a page of blank shapes into new faces! What are they doing? What do they think & feel about each other?

You can always draw your own shape-sheets, OR print & draw any of the following simple sample files:


DRAW TOGETHER:

  1. You & a friend can each print the same shape-sheet, then fill in the shapes & surprise each other with the results. (You can rotate your page any which way, too!)
  2. Take turns reading each other’s page back to the creator, & listen to what you notice in each other’s cartooning!

EXTRA-EXTRA:

  1. What are your character’s names?
    What are they saying?
    Add labels, speech bubbles, sound effects, or anything else that happens while you’re drawing…
  2. Add hats, clothes, & other objects to your characters…
  3. Add setting details around your characters. (Where are they?)
  4. Try inking your shapes! Trace over your pencil lines with a black ink pen or marker to make them easier to read.
  5. Add color with pencils, crayons, &c.

Surprise yourself!

Published by Marek

Cartoonist, musician, teacher.

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