What is a cartoon?
What is a Cartoonist?
A cartoonist is the person that illustrates, or draws, cartoons. Sometimes, cartoonists will also add the captions, speech bubbles, and thought bubbles as well. Other times, these words are added by separate writers.
Many cartoonists have a different perspective on life than most other people. For instance, the are often able to see the humor in everyday life or more serious situations. One of the most important characteristics that any cartoonist should have is a good sense of humor.
When drawing a cartoon, many cartoonists will typically use the traditional method of a paper and pen. Later, they may scan their cartoons into a computer and edit them or add other elements, like color and words. Some cartoonists, on the other hand, will use computer software from start to finish.
Cartoonists who create storyboards will usually illustrate how an animated story will come together. Typically, a storyboard cartoonist will interpret a script, and draw pictures to represent different scenes. This helps actors or animators, along with directors, see how a story should look and progress
- Artistic and technical skills
- Understanding of the tools and mediums involved in cartooning.
- Understanding of computers and animation software.
- Communicating with wit and humor,
- Knowledgeable of current events,
- Writing talent
- Communication skills
Do I need to go to college to become a cartoonist?
Technically, there are no strict education requirements for a career in cartooning. Generally, though, cartoonists are gifted artists. They may also take a few courses in drawing or illustration in order to hone their skills.
Cartoonists who are interested in creating storyboards, however, will usually need to earn a degree in fine art or story-boarding.
Some schools offer a specialized curriculums for aspiring cartoonists. Animation departments can prepare students hoping to break into the video game industry and similar fields. At the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, for example, students have the option of an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts with a focus on animation. Many colleges that do not offer a degree in animation provide a fine arts education that includes courses in drawing
Where could you go to get a degree if you want to be a cartoonist?
College of Southern Nevada
University of Southern California
Art Institutes of America
Carnegie Mellon University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Pratt Institute New York City
Walt Disney-Mickey Mouse