Do I Have The Makings Of A Cartoonist?

The reason I ask is because some say I'm "good at art", but I find myself to be a beginner-at-best. I've done some studying here and there, but I'm not sure if I'm at a point to where I can say
>Ah yes, having my own studio is totally feasible
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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sometimes I also go nuts on paper, so I can work in any department. (When given the right direction.)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I guess if you want more "polished" art, here's a failed CAPS-esque shading test.

      Learn about construction, no one cares about your 5 second doodles

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I... already did by studying the shapes of other characters?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Nah you need to study life more, learn the basics, and develop your own skills and style.

          What you’ve shown is both too derivative and too uneven technically.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Somehow I've simplified studying life, since I can break down shapes fairly decently.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Your shapes are uneven and there’s no structure in what you do.

              Low quality bait indeed

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >Uneven
                Asymmetrical, you mean?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Well you obviously didn't otherwise I wouldn't have given you that critique
          moron

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm still not sure, because I made sure to construct my character solely off their shapes alone..

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Yes, but doodles alone wont make you into a cartoonist. You have a good passion for drawing, now you need to turn that passion into disciplined technique. Practice more and study more and you'll get there.

              circles and squares are only step one dude. You to go through the rest of the steps.to make something more defined.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Thanks for the critique, anon. I'm glad you're willing to lay it to me straight. Lately I can draw other characters just fine, so it frees away all the stress of having to deal with a million OCs.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Thank you for your generosity, would you mind if i study that the same way I study other toons?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I think you do. I think anyone has the makings of a cartoonist, ultimately.

      I guess if you want more "polished" art, here's a failed CAPS-esque shading test.

      Your art is fine, but it's lacks technique and polish. Practice and studying can help with that. You don't have to know how to draw ultra realistic or anything like that, but it helps a bunch to know the fundamentals of art and design. Are you also a writer, or do you just do illustration?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I guess I'm both, because I've been making comics for as long as I can remember.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I guess if you want more "polished" art, here's a failed CAPS-esque shading test.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Practice actual fundamentals instead of just trying to imitate an exaggerated cartoon style.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    > Ah yes, having my own studio is totally feasible
    Work on your shit until you’re good enough to get a grunt level gig. Then work your way up the ranks. You’ll improve your craft and learn the business at the same time. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have a lot more experience and confidence.

    A lot of people have huge dreams but lack the discipline, direction, and courage to actually go for it. Actively seek out critiques from people who are better than you and prepare yourself to hear shit that will probably hurt. Real critiques are hard to get so if someone takes the time to do it, don’t get defensive. Thank them, figure out what you can take away from it for improvement, and work on your shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's the thing, I need interaction from those who know their shit. (A mentor, if you will.)

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Oh, right, you're this guy.

    Have you ever tried, you know, getting good?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      By that, do you mean I've taken the time to sletch stuff? I have, but doodling's far more fun when it involves my own characters.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        *Sketch
        rip

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You meet the standards to run a patreon and get a sizable amount from it but not enough to quit your job. Could go up from there.

    However what decides your earnings on there is the subject of your art. Not the quality. People equal or worse than you will make more. People better will make less because of the SUBJECT. Find something that you both like as a SUBJECT and has a niche. And you will at worst work part time at your current job and get the rest from fans.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Heh, I wish I had a job to begin with. I'm figuring this is my best start. (Since I love a variety of artists and have my own unique takes in things,)

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Also you dont need a studio. You need a discord and the organization to run it as an office. Gave meeting rooms, art rooms, management rooms etc.

        If you want something you can do solo ok. You can do that on patreon and succeed with the limits I laid out. You want anything with multiple people they want cash. You want a proper tablet you need cash. I reccomend a job if you need a tablet.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Heh, I'm getting one ina few days 😉

          For now, I can settle with my iPad 9. I'm comfortable using it.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This is really incredibly weak bait guys. Come the frick on.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm sorry, I genuinely want to get work in animation.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You have abstraction down which is at the core of cartooning, not every artist has that, what you do need to work on is indeed construction and getting stability in your art, any failure to get those down and you won't be able to do much of anything.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's actually why I took studying a lot more seriously, because I can learn a thing or two from good character designs.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Would it be valid to take after the designs of toons that cut corners in smart ways?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Would you say most Canadian shows take after Roger Ramjet, or is that more of a Sheridan thing?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Come to think if it, Carbunkle's animation is limited animation. (Yet they still made some of the most fluid animation on TV, which is a HUGE accomplishment.)

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My apologies for the spam, but is there a such thing as "too simplistic"?

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Drawing doesn't necessarily mean animating
    An amazing artist might be shit at the fundamentals of making a cartoon

    Have you actually animated something?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have, but I'm still getting used to how Procreate Dreams works.

      • 1 month ago
        sage

        i dont get it , what is it you want to accomplish as a cartoonist? looking at your work i can tell you probably enjoy doodling faces and stuff but so far i dont see a point in anything you've made. you could probably make it as a social media animation shitposter or something but you can't have a career solely off of that without building into something bigger.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I'm willing to start small, because I work with roughs pretty well. As long as I'm either a storyboard artist/revisionist, I'm satisfied.

          Admittedly, a lot of stuff I draw is ideas I have shelved for when more talented people are involved. Every studio needs a team, afterall.

          • 1 month ago
            sage

            well then your only real option is to get off this shithole website and work on your shit, also you should probably network and try and get bigger artists to share and interact with your shit , glhf

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I've tried contacting Steve Lambe before, but to no avail. Chris Suave seems busy, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to contact him. Ron Doucet is my most likely bet since he shares a surprising amount of insight.

              • 1 month ago
                sage

                checked your da, you're a girl right? why don't you contact john k

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Kek, I'm actually a whatever now.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                gtfo

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Since it's related, I was actually studying Jasmine a few days ago. Her design reminds me of how good Disney used to be. Surprisingly, her design mostly has "s" curves.

    I'm not sure if this is a cheat or what, but it's an observation I managed to find consistently.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You got a DeviantArt or something OP? It's hard to judge your work when you only posted 3 pictures.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I do, but I haven't touched it in years.
      >https://www.deviantart.com/trainwyrech

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You certainly got an eye for color an shading, it's very clean and appealing. You definitely need to start working on something more than doodles and still characters. You need to start drawing your characters in more dynamic and action oriented poses.

        I'm willing to start small, because I work with roughs pretty well. As long as I'm either a storyboard artist/revisionist, I'm satisfied.

        Admittedly, a lot of stuff I draw is ideas I have shelved for when more talented people are involved. Every studio needs a team, afterall.

        You still have to work on yourself before you can work on a team man. You got ambition but you need to start smaller. maybe begin win a webcomic or short animation before getting yourself into more work-intensive endeavors.

        Thank you for your generosity, would you mind if i study that the same way I study other toons?

        Go ahead, do whatever man. You never needed to ask permission when I never asked you permission, yeah?

        Kek, I'm actually a whatever now.

        Obligatory OP is an actual, factual homosexual. Sorry not sorry little dude, It has to be done

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Sorry not sorry little dude, It has to be done
          No need to apologize, I'm pro-honesty 😉

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You better be pro-work too because if you want to make significant progress as a cartoonist then you gotta grind.

            Heh, I'm getting one ina few days 😉

            For now, I can settle with my iPad 9. I'm comfortable using it.

            As long as you have a proper workspace to draw for hours at a time, then it shouldn't matter if you have an iPad 9 or the newest Cintiq. It's been proven that people work more as long as they're in a "Work Mode," and a dedicated space for drawing is important to facilitate that kind of mindset.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Kickass, because I stay up studying shit anyway. I'm sure I can get work done without stressing myself out too much.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    These all look like scribbles to me. I know all drawings technically are, but look at your designs. They're ass. Almost like someone took their inspiration from deviantartists. When you toss thin-line arms and the most generic faces possible into your designs, you're actively hurting your chances of anyone giving a shit, 'cause it looks like you don't even care enough to try yourself.

    My honest advice? Learn the fundamentals. Scrap everything, 'cause it looks like you're using shortcuts without even knowing there's a long route.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I see a lot of debate about "getting good" but that's the thing, not only is that subjective, you're also talking with hateful Cinemaphile Black folk that have never touched a pen in their lives but think they'd do a better job as CEO of cartoon network just because they like cartoons
    You have to find people that are actually in the industry and talk with them
    Now, I have no idea how you can do that, usually you do by going to art college
    Maybe if you have Twitter and post your work there you can find them. Follow people that do art for games and shows you like and they'll almost guaranteed also follow other actual professionals
    Now remember, Twitter fame doesn't equals to people that actually do art professionally for a living, so this isn't a race for internet points
    Good luck draw anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No problem, anon. As long as I keep my mental health in check, I should be alright.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Also co is a shit place to ask about it, and /ic/ is also full of crabs but idk maybe go there test grounds

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah, generally this would be better asked in /ic/

      Also co is a shit place to ask about it, and /ic/ is also full of crabs but idk maybe go there test grounds

      is wrong though, they aren't that bad as long as you are willing to improve
      /ic/ only really gets mad at the "how do I pet the dog" folks

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks, I'll make sure to post some newer stuff over there. Admittedly I don't put in as much effort as I should, but I feel far more motivated to do so now that I've recieved genuine feedback.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If your going for the simple animating type then I'd say lose the spike shoes

    I'm not into animating I'm more of the drawing pinups

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There's so much art around nowadays that I think a style like this is fine. Look at something like Day Job, you can have a simple art style and be fine. Just give your character actual arms instead of noodles and figure out why there's a bulge in the neck of the character, That's just weird.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Lmao, I didn't notice that the detail separating her breets looked off until now.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    depends on how long it takes you to draw these things - is this the peak of your artwork? Can you make things that people find appealing?
    even if it's as something as simple as someone asking for a drawing and they like it enough to make it their discord profile picture or whatever

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Anon, all you really need to do is practice. What I mean by this is practice drawing real people and anatomy rather than just doodling, as it will pretty much improve every aspect of your skill set. Don’t just get comfortable with drawing doodles, and branch out with how you style your characters.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Learn to draw

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