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Drawing Comics and Cartoons
Do you enjoy drawing or making cartoons? Ever wonder what it might be
like to draw cartoons for a living? Thanks to Bart for sharing this article
about his experience drawing a cartoon strip.
What it’s like to Draw Cartoons and Comic Strips Bart Pedersen
I am a cartoonist who enjoys drawing an online comic strip called Benny and Boone. It is a family rated web comic featuring Benny, a mischievous little grizzly bear and his older brother, Boone.
When my children were younger I read the Sunday comics to them and added the cartoon voices to the characters, for extra effect. We would share a good laugh together. When I was young, I liked to read funny comic books and create my own comic book characters.
Some things never change!
Drawing, colouring and being creative has always been a fun, relaxing outlet for me.
In many ways the comic strip is for my own amusement but it is also rewarding when I hear that someone has enjoyed my comics and cartoons.
Writing is a very important part in creating a comic strip. The character’s unique personalities interacting with each other and funny situations from life usually help generate ideas.
One drawing technique I use is to sketch out the story line, working out character placement, expressions and movement. The pencil or pen work is refined and scanned into the computer. A digital pen is used for tracing and the comic is colored using Adobe Photoshop. When I am happy with the comic it is saved as a jpeg, brought into FrontPage and posted on my website to be shared.
It is a fun hobby creating and posting an online comic strip with only one, self imposed demand of updating the comic strip often to keep fresh content for visitors to enjoy.