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Learn drawing and cartooning with our drawing short courses in Sydney!

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

If you struggle with stick-people 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 to create 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 other storytelling techniques.

This Cartooning for Beginners Class will be based around your ideas - your own stories, jokes, characters and style. You will start with an idea and develop it over the 6 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 you're interested in

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • be able to develop a 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 and drawing with symbols
  • recognize 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 your own character or cast of characters
  • understand how to use words and images together for maximum effect
  • understand composition and know how to place 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 your cartoons up to a finished quality

What will be covered in this course?

  • 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

Who is this course for?

No experience necessary. Beginners are encouraged to attend, as well as students who have some prior experience and would like to develop their techniques and skills.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

Rozelle Campus, corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street. 

What to bring to class

Materials list

  • A3 sketchbook
  • HB & 2B pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser

Other materials may be required for certain projects and these will be discussed in class.

Classes

Cartooning Drawing Course for Beginners

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Cartooning Drawing Course for Beginners

<p><strong>Learn drawing and cartooning with our</strong> <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/drawing"><strong>drawing short courses</strong></a> <strong>in Sydney!</strong

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Don't forget your sketchbook!

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