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January 28, 2012 / rosedcartoons

Lesson 1: The Art of Cartooning

So here we are! My first lesson in “The Art of Cartooning”! This lesson won’t include any kind of print-outs, or steps to achieve a certain goal. If you had up to that last sentence and want to skip this lesson, that’s fine by me! Although, reading this may get you past the stage of “stick-man” drawings. All you will basically need is some paper, a pencil (whatever you can get your hands on, different types will be used later on for future lessons), an eraser, and some creativity!

Moving forward, cartooning by definition is ” a sketch or drawing that can usually be humorous, symbolizing, caricaturing a subject or person of interest.” For an example, the political comics in newspapers. Another simple example would be the “Funnies” from the newspaper. One key aspect of cartooning, that I will probably mention over and over again, is that there is no one way of cartooning, everyone has their own style and that is what makes it unique. For example, I sometimes display a very simple cartoon sketch, sometimes it might look a little more realistic, other times, I will adapt to whatever style that I see fit for a certain project. Like a Chameleon to it’s surroundings! I will never say I am limited in styles.

There are many types of styles, such as I mentioned, “Simple”. It’s a style that is not too complex, not a lot of detail is added, or realism. I will include this in one of my lessons, but drawing a Duck, or a bird floating on the water is more simple than you think. You can actually do it in one stroke, without letting go of the writing tool! Another style, would be the more realistic ones you see in the political section of a newspaper. Black and white is another, where the comic/cartoon is drawn with the two colours, and can be very appealing!  Nevertheless, there are quite a few styles out there, I just won’t name them all.

When it comes to drawing cartoons, whether it is a humanoid, animal, robot, etc. There is usually the head, body, and limbs. Facial expressions can be done at any point, it’s really up to the artist. It’s the facial expression and environment that will tell the story behind the character, if you so choose to do that. Drawing a character in a blank space works just as well. Cartooning is simply even the art of the character you drew yourself, do not feel like you have to always make a background environment.

In my next lesson, I will teach you how to draw heads. See you there!

-Rose out!

January 27, 2012 / rosedcartoons

So it begins..

So you want to learn about me, hey? Well you clicked the link to this categorized post..


Me. Well, for starters, my name is Zack, last name Rose. Some of you may know me already, some of you may not. I live in Calgary, Alberta. Cartooning has been one of my greatest passions, or call it hobbies for quite some time now. I started drawing when I was seven years of age. Funny how it all was on the day I was going to a surgeon for surgery on one of my eyes, I had a case of a wondering eye. But along the way there, I was given a gift from my family, a sketch book. Actually, quite the diversified one if you ask me. But it was a great sketch book that had Garfield the Cat on the front of it, and included every kind of paper that a basic starting cartoonist needed. Comic panel paper, coloured paper, and plain white paper.I still have it around, I believe. If I can find it, I’ll add it as a post to this page!

I always knew I had a creative bone in my body. Heck, even before that sketch book (I would have been around five years old) I recall having a special kind of drawing tablet that hooked up to your TV and you could draw whatever you almost wanted on the tablet, and have it show up on the screen! If you remember what I was talking about, I would love to hear a post from you!

With that sketch book, I didn’t go straight to drawing what was on my mind, actually, it was creating comics with cartoon characters I had just made up from the top of my head. When my eye had healed, I had continued working on my comic panels, and within a few months, had two main series going, with some shorts as well.

Not long later, I had started to push my talent onto larger paper, and drew household objects in my room. This was when I was about ten. And throughout the years I had did eye for eye sketches, and create pieces of my own. Further on down the road, I took a cartooning class (one of the best things in my life!) our instructor was awesome, and everything he taught us will never leave my head. It probably pushed my talent even further.

After that, things started to go down slowly. I was too focused on school, and of course sleeping. But I recently picked it up again last month in mid December 2012. I started with small sketches, which of some I will post. Plus, a larger image of one of the nymphs from Rayman Origins. 😉 I am a gamer at heart, so of course I am going to do some video game character sketches. Now, friends in and outside of work had supported my idea of creating a blog about my cartoon work, and my idea of lessons and walkthroughs.

Now this is only a bit about me, if you have any more questions involving anything, feel free to contact me! 🙂

-Rose out!

January 27, 2012 / rosedcartoons

Enter RosedCartoons

Welcome visitor! You have stumbled upon a blog I have created to teach the art of Cartooning. I am in no way a professional, but I will frequently post lessons/walk-throughs to help you develop your drawing skills! Not only that, but I will update my blog with my own weekly sketches (nothing major, but practice makes perfect or so they say.). Also, I will show off some of my larger projects on the go, and past creations, and add a little about me.

As for lessons/walk-throughs, I will try to post them weekly, maybe sometimes bi-weekly. They will start off simple, everything from drawing the classic “stick-man” to facial expressions, to robots and more! On occasion, I will include print offs.

I would also like to add a popular verse that has come from my mouth when my friends, family or acquaintances say that they can’t draw anything better than a stickman. “Everyone is an artist, you just have to find the time to find what your style is.” And it’s true! It just takes a pencil (or whatever writing tool you can get your fingers on), paper, some creativity and a suitable working environment.

That’s all for now, I hope to have my first lesson posted by early February 2012! 🙂

-Rose out!