What is a Cartoonist?
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A cartoonist is an artist who creates animated cartoons manually or on the computer. This can be for magazines, newspapers, publishing companies, television and film studios, videos, gaming companies and animation studios. Their work may also be used in political commentary, comic strips, installation guides and user manuals. A cartoonist is more specialized than an illustrator in that they only deal with animated characters, whereas an illustrator may deal with several specialties.
What does a Cartoonist do?
Many cartoonists use digital tools to draw their cartoons, though there are many that still use paper and pencil/pen that are later scanned. A cartoonist may accept commissioned work, or develop their own work to be sent out to publications. They may also work on full-length books or a series rather than individual cartoons. Some cartoonists turn comic strips in regularly for publication and are able to have some job security. Some publishing houses also keep cartoonists on staff to work in an office environment. Being a cartoonist demands high creativity, as he/she has to create new and clever ideas consistently.
There are several types of cartoons:
Political Cartoons - contain a political or social message that usually relates to personalities or current events.
Comic Strips - are sequences of drawings arranged in panels that show humour and often have a narrative that contains text bubbles.
Web Comics - are comic strips posted online.
Movie Cartoons - are animated cartoons and often depict animals rather than humans. The earliest successful animated cartoonists in america were Walt Disney and Warner Bros. At first, movie cartoons were quite short, but now are featured as full-length films.
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What is the workplace of a Cartoonist like?
Independent cartoonists usually work from their home studio where they can maintain their own working hours. In some cases, cartoonists keep working hours within an office and contribute regularly to a publication. While they are not able to set their own schedule in that case, benefits and job stability usually outweigh any negatives.
Drawing Lessons: How to Become a Cartoonist
Art Baltazaer Loves his Job!
Cartoonist and Illustrator Dan Wright
Creative Types: Being a Cartoonist
Cartooning Techniques : How To Become a Cartoonist
What is a Political Cartoon?
An in-depth definition of a political cartoon.
The Creative Life Cycle of a Cartoonist
An article about the cartoonist's prerequisite for creativity.
The Daily Cartoonist
The Daily Cartoonist (TDC), launched in 2005, is one of the fastest growing news blogs for professional cartoonists.
A Day in the Life of a Cartoonist and Writer
A cartoonist/writer shows us in images what his daily schedule looks like.
The Best & The Worst Things About Being A Syndicated Cartoonist
Rina Riccolo, the creator of Tina's Groove, speaks about the pros and cons of being a syndicated cartoonist.
Cartooning Advice for Beginners
Every week Randy Glasbergen gets a few e-mails asking him for advice on how to become a cartoonist. Here are a few of the most common questions.
How to Be a Cartoonist
Frequently asked questions about cartooning.