Drawing stick figures Cartooning shorthand

When sketching or doodling your ideas, you can draw the simplest and roughest kind of sketch just to remind yourself later of what you were thinking at that moment. These stick figure sketches act as a handy reminder so that you can reference that filing cabinet between your ears later on. The point is just to get something down quickly.

For example, say you have an idea for an editorial cartoon about rising oil prices. You want to express the desire for the U.S. to become more reliant on domestic fuel sources and less dependent on foreign oil. You realize that environmentalists and preservationists are opposed to drilling for oil in the U.S. because they fear a natural disaster and possible harm to certain wildlife. However, you feel that perhaps the risk is worth it in an effort to become more energy self-sufficient, and that it would be better for national security.

You know you want to depict an environmentalist in the cartoon and think that maybe it would be funny to have one of the animals arguing with the environmentalist in favor of drilling in the face of record oil prices. The idea is pretty clear in your head, and you just need to get the basic rough sketch quickly down on paper. You can jot down a stick figure sketch to remind you of the idea later on (see Figure 5-3).

Reviewing the stick figure sketch as a reference at a later date will remind you of the idea so that you can develop it into a more elaborate sketch (see Figure 5-4).

Figure 5-3:

A quick stick figure sketch helps you remember an idea later on.

Figure 5-3:

A quick stick figure sketch helps you remember an idea later on.

Agile Stick Figure

Now you can take the roughed-out sketch and use it to complete the idea as a finished cartoon. You can see from Figure 5-5 that I made many choices as to layout and placement of the characters, but the basic idea from my original stick figure sketch is still there.

Figure 5-4:

What was once just a quick stick figure sketch is now a more elaborate, roughed-out idea.

Figure 5-4:

What was once just a quick stick figure sketch is now a more elaborate, roughed-out idea.

Shorthand Figures

Figure 5-5:

What was once just a quick stick figure sketch is now a finished cartoon.

Figure 5-5:

What was once just a quick stick figure sketch is now a finished cartoon.

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