Experimenting with Male Body Types

Most cartoons have a leading male character that readers can relate to. Your core characters can be as eclectic as you want them to be, but most cartoons are home to certain easily recognized stereotypes. Remember that when I talk about stereotypes, I'm talking about personalities and traits that are universal and familial to the specific character and not about negative images or ideas.

For example, the father character always yelling at the teenager to mow the lawn can be true and funny. This stereotype is pretty universally accepted, even though in real life not all fathers yell at their kids. A negative stereotype is anything that focuses on things like race, ethnicity, gender, and so on. You want to avoid negative stereotypes because they're historically counterproductive and play to the lowest common denominator of humor.

You draw the body of all these characters in the same way. First you draw the basic body and the head, add the arms and hands, create the legs and feet, and finally add the accessories that make the character who he is. If you've never drawn characters before, check out Chapters 6 and 7 first; they show you how to sketch the basic face and body. In this section I take a closer look at some of the male characters that are standards of cartooning and describe how to create the details that make them easily recognizable.

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Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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