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How to Become a Cartoonist

How to Become a Cartoonist PhotoBeing a cartoonist can be a really enjoyable job. However, not everyone can be a success in the field. You can create a strip of your own for years without getting syndicated, and most cartoonists only do this part time while still holding

on to a day job. If you still want to have a career in being a cartoonist, whether it be in comics, greeting cards, or otherwise, here are some tips in order for you to have a higher chance of success.

Keep educating yourself

No matter how good you are at drawing, you can still improve on your craft. You can take drawing classes or look at other people’s work for inspiration. No matter your drawing style, your skills will evolve in time, so it is also important to keep on drawing and have your works critiqued by an expert whenever applicable.

Know what your readers want

A good cartoonist must be able to create characters and settings that readers would be able to relate to. Your strips can revolve around a family, a group of friends, or even an office environment. Regardless of the setting, make sure that you do your research so that readers would be able to enjoy your work more.

Build your portfolio

A good cartoonist must be able to regularly draw and create his works, and he must be able to compile his best works in order to build up a portfolio. This way, those who are interested in your work would have a reference handy if they want to see some samples. This can be very easy as you can simply create a blog or set up an account so that other people can view your past work easily.

Setting up a website is also a great idea so that you would be able to publicize your work more easily, and you can also have friends or colleagues spread your work so that your work would become much better known.

Stay in tuned with the times

If you are the type of cartoonist that not only draws but writes stories as well, it is important to be up to date with current news and trends. This is especially important if you want to do satire or have your strips relate to modern references. This way, people would be able to better grasp what you are trying to say or project within your scripts.

Also, you must be able to practice your communication skills as limited space would only allow you to convey your thoughts within just a few lines of text. Master this skill, as well as the above tips, and you will be able to hone your craft that much more effectively.

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    Believe it or not, in the ’30′s ’40′s, ’50′s, ’60′s and even into the 1970′s, it was possible to make nice living drawing gag cartoons for magazines. Of course, there were hundreds of popular general interest and niche magazines around in those days, and virtually all of them used cartoons. Some used dozens each month. By the time I began drawing up my own gags around 1980, markets had dwindled down to a precious few. The internet is destroying print media and with it, it is becoming ever more difficult to make a living as a cartoonist. One way might be to sell limited signed and numbered prints to businesses. Self-publishing graphic novels might be another.