Cartooning answers about being a cartoonist

cartooning answers

Cartooning answers to a recent question I asked several fellow cartoons were interesting enough to share here.

I think their feedback on the business of cartooning may be of interest to anyone considering the field of cartooning as a way to earn a living.

My initial question was ‘What motivated you to become a cartoonist?’. It may not be the exact verbiage, but I feel you will find the answers interesting enough!

To follow are their various answers which I hope you’ll find interesting and insightful! *each cartoonist’s answer is separated .

I love to draw and make people laugh. Most of my heroes growing up were cartoonists.  Plus, there are more fine artists than cartoonists and most of the artists I know know wish they could cartoon.

For me it’s very difficult to draw something without humor in it.
I’m also an illustrator for school books etc, but as less as possible,
because only funny drawings give me real fun!

I went to the High School of Art & Design in NYC a thousand years ago. Majoring in Advertising Art and Cartooning. Getting a Salary drove me into advertising where I spent my career. All the while loving to draw gag cartoons for the amusement of myself and family.
As my ad career has essentially wound down.

I made the decision to try and take cartooning seriously. I have had some moderate success creating cartoon illustrations for books, magazines, advertising and newsletters. The Holy Grail has always been The New Yorker. So far I’m up to about 100 cartoons rejected, but I fight on.

I started out 37 years ago as a self-taught freelance cartoonist and after a 25-year hiatus, I’ve gotten back into cartooning. Boy, have things changed but also remained the same. Now I do all my cartooning on either an iPad Pro or iMac and most of my submissions go out via email. The thing that hasn’t changed is the amount of rejections you receive relative to the amount of cartoons you send out. You also get rejections a LOT faster. Sometimes even the same day. Also, fewer magazines are accepting gag cartoons these days so you have to find other outlets for your work. It’s a hard slog to make money solely as a gag cartoonist these days, unless you are willing to paper the markets with your output. Unfortunately, for me, I’m not willing to sell my work to the $10 & $15 markets.

I was a journalist in a newspaper before. I thought I was a funny guy and wanted to communicate in a different, more creative and artistic way. So there’s that… and also I decided to learn illustration in a school in Madrid, although most of the cartooning part I learned like you, by observing the masters’ work.

At age 72 I have given up on the freelance market. My experience has been that editors are no longer interested in hand-drawn art; preferring slick vector-enhanced features. I could learn the new systems but don’t get the same visceral delight of scratching paper with pen. Now I do volunteer illustrations for non-profits and I teach cartooning and story illustration to children. Taught my 6,500th student last year. I wish everyone in the field luck but highly recommend you don’t quit your day jobs. I was lucky to have teaching and educational administration to fall back on.

I’m still a paper, pencil and ink cartoonist.
I enjoy it more than the electronic gadgets.

In closing, I hope you have found this useful. I have illustrated cartoons relating to so many topics, including cartoons relating to politics.

My political cartoons for middle school students may be one interesting option for teachers or educators.

I offer cartoons relating to agriculture and much more. As always, thank you for dropping by and hope you found your cartooning answers that you sought!