Drawing - Cartooning for Beginners


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Drawing - Cartooning for Beginners

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Course description

Learn drawing – cartooning for beginners course in Sydney.

From the single panel editorial cartoons of the newspapers to the walls of city streets, cartoons are everywhere!

If youre struggling with Stick-Men and haven’t picked up a pencil since your school days, never fear- this class is not about virtuoso drawing skills. Throughout the course we will demystify drawing with the aim of creating simplified & iconic cartoons, like the classics.

It’s also about understanding how to tell stories with static images- how to create comedic pacing, dramatic tension and a clear flow for the reader, amongst many other storytelling techniques.

This Cartooning for Beginners Class will be based around your own ideas- your own stories, jokes, characters and style. You will start with an idea and develop it over the 8 weeks by applying what you learn in class.

Basic caricature for political cartooning will be included in the course however due to its reliance on a strong understanding of portraiture, caricature as a stand-alone form of cartooning will not be covered in depth.

Students are encouraged to bring images/copies of cartoon styles of their interest. It is also recommended that students bring along their laptop so that they can research in class using the College WiFi


  • No experience necessary
  • See Materials List below.


  • Advanced Cartooning
  • Portraits & Caricature
Course content
  • Overview of cartoons- history, types of cartooning, etc.
  • Visual Storytelling: How do cartoons work?
  • Brainstorming, Ideas, Inspiration
  • Understanding Drawing.
  • Iconic Cartooning: Keeping it simple.
  • Beyond the Stick Figure: Drawing people.
  • Faces in Cartooning
  • Character Design
  • Words & Images
  • Composition: Panel & Page
  • Basic Form & Perspective.
  • Line: Lineweight, Expressive line etc.
  • Materials

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • develope their cartoon from an idea to a finished strip or series of single panels
  • have an overview of the history of cartoons, the difference between comics & cartoons, various formats etc
  • understand the difference between drawing from observation vs drawing with symbols
  • recognise the relationship between Realism, Abstraction & Cartoons
  • have an understanding of how stories are told with still images to create a sense of time, place, mood, atmosphere etc
  • have learned how to create pacing for humour or drama
  • have a range of techniques for coming up with and developing ideas
  • know how to use stick figures as the starting point for more advanced figures
  • know the rules of facial proportion and how to bend them
  • be able to draw a huge range of faces
  • have designed their own character or cast of characters
  • understand how to use words and images together for maximum effect
  • know how to compose their cartoons within the frame and across the entire page
  • understand how to tackle basic form and perspective to give extra weight and dimension to drawings
  • be able to use line in a variety of ways for a variety of effects
  • have used a range of materials to bring their cartoons up to finished quality
Other Information

Materials List:

  • A3 sketchbook
  • HB & 2B Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Other materials discussed in class.

Discounts for SCC students are available with the following retailers:

  • 10% discount at Dans Art Design – enter code ‘SCC’ at the checkout.

The link to the Website is DansArtDesign

  • Tilly’s Art Supplies in Rozelle, 10% off
  • Art On King Art Supplies in Newtown, 10% off
  • Eckersley’s Art Supplies in York Street, 10% off

Please wear closed in shoes.

About Your Tutor

Luke Marcatili is an illustrator and animator from Sydney, Australia.

His background includes fine arts, illustration, animation, graphic design and short film-making. This combination of skills gives him a strong ability for picture-making, visual storytelling and conceptual thinking. As a result his work has recently been recognised by 3x3 Magazine, Illustrator’s Australia and IKEA.

Short training courses are open to everyone. Enrol in Cartooning and develop your drawing and communication techniques with Sydney Community College your centre for continuing education in Sydney. More affordable than university, continuing education or TAFE. If you want to learn about Cartooning in Sydney, this course is for you.

Student Feedback

"The teacher allowed each student to develop their own style with cartooning at their own ability level without the pressure of comformity to any particular drawing examples given. They also gave each student one on one time to discuss their unique vision and provided an eager and open mind without judgment, and helped us to achieve the ideas we had."

"It was exactly what I was hoping for and I saw immediate improvements to my drawings both during and by the end of the course. A follow up course would be good."

"Luke was knowledgeable and a good teacher. I enjoyed the classes and was a good mix of practical and theory."

"It really helped me get a start cartooning as a beginner."

"Luke was an awesome teacher who was able to adjust his teaching to the needs of the student. He was able to spend individual time with students, to provide individualised feedback and support which was extremely helpful. I was able to achieve so much more than I thought I would, through helpful handouts and exercises.

"He used good demonstration techniques, plenty of practice time, useful handouts and clear explanations to convey the course content."

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