You are a cartoon fan who loves to draw and show off your master pieces to your friends, parents, and teachers. And you are appreciated by them for your work. But at times, you yourself be engulfed by a feeling of inadequacy, a feeling that the drawings that you create lack life of their own. True, what you make is good in terms of details, but still, for some reason unknown to you, it looks flat.
If the above lines describe your situation, do not be frustrated. Let me tell you that you are not alone. There are many beginners who face this problem. But fortunately, you are different, you are reading this article, and it shows you are brainstorming to take some action to address the problem. I would ask you to keep on reading. You are about to discover a number of simple things that will make it more lifelike when applied to your drawing.
Many times beginners are highly concerned with getting the fundamental form right to ignore this area. They spend a considerable amount of time being good at Cartoon Drawing hands and practice for hours to learn about various shapes of the human nose.
Do not get me wrong. I am not out here to say these exercises are not required or to suggest that you can draw beautiful figures without being good with these skills. The only thing I am trying to stress upon here is along with these details. Softer aspects are also important to make the characters and whole composition lifelike.
So equal importance needs to be given to the softer skills, and these will help to add depth to your drawing. Here in this article, I talk about the soft skills that will make your Cartoon Drawing stand out in the crowd.
soft skills for Cartoon Drawing
1. Do judicious use of shadows in your drawing.
Please keep in mind adding shadows to your Cartoon Drawing need not be difficult. Because you won’t be adding perfect real-life shadows in your drawing; instead, what you will be adding is indicative shadows. This is basically to serve two main purposes.
- It will convey the weight of your fingers. Without this, your characters will appear to be floating in thin air. Just imagine how unbelievable that will make your work look at.b. Using shadow in your drawing, you can convey the time of the day and mood of your composition.
If it is midday [or the mood of the composition is bright], the shadows will be deeper, whereas in the evening or the mood is not so euphoric, the shadow will be lighter.
- Ensure that your characters are wearing garments that are in line with current fashion unless, of course, you are trying to portray historical characters. If you do this, your viewers will relate to the character in a better way subconsciously. While selecting the color and patterns of the clothing, make sure those are compatible with the mood of the composition. The bottom line is the more you align your characters with your viewers imagination, the more acceptance you will receive.
- If you are trying to represent a historical period in your drawing, then make sure your knowledge of the period you are trying to capture is sufficient for the work. Even if you are creating a comic strip, you will require to do your research diligently and sufficiently. Just think of Asterix and how detailed those funny characters are in terms of garments, hairstyles built of the characters, etc.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of action lines:
action lines are lines that are used mostly in cartoon drawings to convey the motion of the characters. When telling a story with your drawing, the task at hand would demand drawing figures jumping, running, or engaging in different kinds of exciting activities. And there is no better way to represent and make these actions believable than using action lines. Carefully used action lines can infuse life in your action heroes.
4. When you are not clear on how to express emotion through your character’s body language.
Go in front of a mirror and hold and process the thought that your character is supposed to have in your own mind, and closely observe your body language and facial expression. Then create the character using the image that you just saw in the mirror.
5. Props are also important.
Unless the style of props and their organization go smoothly with the story, your character might look like fish out of water. But on the contrary, if the props are compatible, it will enhance the believability of your creation hugely.
6. Use line thickness to your advantage:
Do not create your whole drawing with all uniform thickness lines, especially when you are creating an outdoor scene. Use thinner lines to represent distant objects, and thicker lines are used for objects close to the viewer. Also, do not forget to make distant objects smaller than equally sized objects that are close to the viewer. Following these two guidelines will automatically add a sense of depth to your composition.
7. Learn to draw animals:
When talking about making good drawings, people normally remain oblivious to the fact unless we attain a certain level of proficiency in drawing animals, especially common animals like cats, horses, and dogs, we will have a hard time in making a drawing that really will be a pleasure to look at. So here I would suggest giving some thought and time to enhancing this skill.
Take this as a wide-open opportunity because many artists invest so much time in perfecting their skill of human drawing that the animal drawing skill is hard to come by. If you are even moderately good at drawing animals, you will be distinctly advantageous as an artist.
So if you are serious and want to improve the Cartoon Drawing drawing you produce, read the above tips and suggestions again and start utilizing them from today itself.
As a simple, fun exercise, have some of the drawings you have produced now in a safe place where you can easily reach them whenever you want. Now follow the given suggestions for 2 months. And at the end of 2nd month compare both sets of drawings and see the difference if you have been sincere you yourself will notice the difference.
Remember, the techniques presented here are simple and doable, so you do not have any excuse for postponing their adoption.
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