Planning your layout

Layout is such an important facet of drawing cartoons. You don't want a flat and boring cartoon, so make sure your cartoon world is as graphically interesting as the real world. Experimenting with different perspectives, angles, and background details can help improve your story line and increase your cartoon's visual impact.

The basic layout of the art and the placement of the characters and scenes are dependent on the story line. After you write the script (what the characters say in the word balloons; check out Chapter 13 for more info), you must plan the layout and the individual comic panels. You may go through several different layout roughs before achieving the desired flow.

Your layout varies depending on whether you're doing a daily comic strip layout (see Figure 14-1) or a Sunday comic strip layout (see Figure 14-2). Each format has certain size restrictions and limitations:

✓ A daily comic strip layout is limited in space. The most common strip size that cartoonists use to draw is a horizontal strip that's about 4 x 13 inches. Then the strip is sent to the syndicate, which formats it and reduces it down to run in the newspapers. This size is challenging for cartoonists to work with because they simply don't have a lot of room to draw and tell a story. Being creative in this format requires the cartoonist to use the individual panels efficiently.

✓ Sunday comic strip layout sizes are typically bigger than the dailies.

The Sunday features are also horizontal and reduced down to fit on a newspaper or magazine page, but they're not reduced as much as daily strips. They're usually drawn at around 10 x 14 inches and then scaled down to fit the size that runs in the newspaper. This size isn't as challenging for the artist as the daily size and permits the cartoonist to be more creative in the use of the individual panels.

Although webcomics have no standard size, many Web cartoonists design their comics similar in size to a Sunday multipanel layout format.

Figure 14-1:

Daily comic strip layouts are usually horizontal so they can scale down to fit in a newspaper.

Figure 14-1:

Daily comic strip layouts are usually horizontal so they can scale down to fit in a newspaper.

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Figure 14-2:

Sunday comic strip layouts are also horizontal but are larger than the dailies.

Figure 14-2:

Sunday comic strip layouts are also horizontal but are larger than the dailies.

Comic Strip Layout

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    How layout cartoons in a newspaper?
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