Cartoon Drawing Course for Beginners - Sydney Short Courses

Cartoon Drawing Course for Beginners

What you'll learn

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. This cartoon drawing course will instruct you on how to get started with drawing your own cartoons, helping you develop a range of different techniques. 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 cartoon drawing course, we will demystify drawing to create simplified and iconic cartoons, 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 cartoon drawing 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 cartoon drawing 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
  • Understand how stories are told with still images to create a sense of time, place, mood, atmosphere, etc.
  • Create pacing for humour or drama
  • Utilise a range of techniques for coming up with and developing ideas
  • Use stick figures as the starting point for more advanced figures
  • Apply the rules of facial proportion and how to bend them
  • Draw a huge range of faces
  • Design your own character or cast of characters
  • Use words and images together for maximum effect
  • Understand composition and know how to place cartoons within the frame and across the entire page
  • Tackle basic form and perspective to give extra weight and dimension to drawings
  • Use line in a variety of ways for a variety of effects
  • Use a range of materials to bring your cartoons up to a finished quality

Course content

What will be covered in this cartoon drawing 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

Intended audience

Who is this cartoon drawing course for?

This course is for beginners, as well as those who have had some prior experience and would like to develop their techniques and skills. 

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

Course materials

What to bring to class

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

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

Course testimonials

Course tutors

Luke is an illustrator and animator from Sydney, Australia. His background includes fine arts, illustration, animation, graphic design and short film-making.  Luke's combination of skills gives...

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