Caricaturing your characters

On the other hand, you may not want your cartoon characters to look too realistic (although some cartoon strips are drawn in this style, such as the old Mary Worth cartoon), because part of the fun of cartooning is the opportunity to caricature your characters — draw them with realistic but exaggerated qualities to give them personal style and flair. It's a matter of personal drawing preference, though; caricature your characters to the degree that feels right to you and to the degree that fits each character.

Some characters lend themselves more easily to caricature than others. In general, characters whose personality traits fit into an easily recognizable type are easy to caricature. The big bully, the brainy nerd, and the jock are just a few examples that come to mind; mom, dad, the girl next door, and grandma don't bring to mind the same exaggerated characteristics (although, as their creator, you can caricature them to the degree that appeals to you).

Drawing your characters in a caricatured way helps to reveal personality traits before they ever open their mouths. For example, if you draw a character with big, round glasses and a large head, your reader will probably assume, without you specifically saying so, that your character is very intelligent. Conversely, giving your character a large torso and upper body and smaller legs helps exaggerate not only the character's physical nature but also his personality, making him immediately identifiable to your audience.

For instance, you know instantly that the tough guy in Figure 7-1 isn't anyone to mess with — and he probably isn't the hero of your cartoon, either!

Figure 7-1:

Your typical tough guy is personalized by caricaturing natural characteristics.

Figure 7-1:

Your typical tough guy is personalized by caricaturing natural characteristics.

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