PROTOTYPE CARTOONS | CARTOONIST PROTOTYPES
Prototypical cartooning is something I did not aspire to be. Although I found myself following that path.
As a young kid, I loved drawing and creating goofy looking cartoons.
I found lots of cool magazines in the school library that ran cartoons like Boys’ Life magazine, National Review and of course The New Yorker.
I was awestruck by a lot of the cartoons published throughout the New Yorker alone, at that time.
So many in there were more like masterpieces. Like the work of Charles Addams. His drawing style did lend itself well for architectural design and the indoors scenes in his cartoons were nothing less than elegant.
Developing prototypes of favorite cartoonist’s works
I leafed through stacks of old magazines and his cartoons appeared throughout many previous issues on a regular basis as did many other cartoonists whose work I enjoyed.
I would sketch with pencils in a freehand cartooning style, after studying these master’s line work.
I would grab a dip pen and get the nib full of Higgin’s waterproof India Ink and also sketch in another type of freehand style.
I didn’t realize what I was doing at the time was emulating cartoons I appreciated, in a prototypical cartooning type of drawing style. Am I complaining? No.
Cartoon drawing styles take time to develop
I think creating cartoons in this manner helped me to refine a drawing style I was getting used to, and at the same time, familiarizing myself with the various cartooning tools at hand.
In a certain sense, no matter what path you choose in order to become a cartoonist, sketching existing cartoons and styles of cartoonists whose work appeals to you can help you refine and develop your cartoons over a period of years.
Although creating prototypes is good, don’t necessarily copy or duplicate an existing style.
Use various nuances and incorporate those into the ways you develop your cartoon style.
You’ll soon realize how much fun cartooning can be and how rewarding it is.