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Draw Cartoons Today!, Issue #003 -- People, Dragons & More!
March 01, 2008

Issue #003 - People, Dragons & More!

Hello once again...

Well February was quite the month – six new cartoon drawing lessons completed and up on the site!

In a response to those of you who had inquired about cartoon people drawing lessons, ones that better explain how to keep proportion, I decided to go ahead and create a three-part lesson - How to Draw People Made Easy!. Basically, it starts off with a simple stick person (something pretty much anyone can draw no problem), and then builds up to a more realistic - yet still cartoon-like person.

The main idea behind the lesson is that drawing cartoon people becomes a lot easier if you focus on maintaining symmetry and proportion as you progress. And this of course is done by using a framework of simple shapes (and lines) similar to our human frameworks – the skeletons in our bodies.

Creating this lesson was a lot of fun, and I’m happy to be able to address some of the questions that you had. If you’ve got something else that you’re pondering regarding drawing people, be sure to let me know. Perhaps I can help you out in a future lesson.

On another note – I’ve been hearing more and more from some of the dragon lovers out there! If you haven’t checked it out as of yet, be sure to see the “Red Dragon Drawing” lesson. It’s only a few days old and just like the cartoon people lesson it is three parts in length. By the way, Part Three is almost finished. I’ll be sure to add it as soon as it’s complete!

Unlike the first two dragon lessons this one goes into greater detail. Because of this, I decided to label it “Advanced”. Even still, I encourage you to give it a shot. The main hurdle to overcome is the tedious nature of the lesson. There’re a lot of little steps you need to do, but if you follow along – step by step, I’m sure you’ll be quite happy with the results. And then if that doesn’t work – as always… practice, practice, practice! ;-)

Aside from people and dragons, there are a couple more things I’d like to go over - video lessons and deciding upon an additional cartoon drawing category for the site.

First – video lessons. During March, I'll continue to focus on building up the site with more simple drawing lessons. Expect to see two more cartoon animal lessons, two more cartoon monster lessons, and three more cartoon flower lessons.

When these are finished and up on the site, I’d then like to begin with some online video lessons as I think this will really help those of you that learn better by seeing someone actually drawing right in front of your eyes. It'll be nice as I can explain things as we progress. My message then – do expect to see some video lessons some time within the next couple months.

The other thing that came to mind recently was choosing a new cartoon drawing lesson category for the site. At some point in March, I’m going to put up a new section that will let you vote on what you think the next category should be. I’m thinking along the lines of Cartoon Dinosaurs, Cartoon Food, Space Cartoons, Transportation Cartoons… but I really want you to have the final say! Be sure to keep an eye out for the voting page some time this month.

Well, that’s about it then for now. Again, I thank you for all the feedback… greatly appreciated as always!

And of course, here’s a list of the six new drawing lessons added to How-to-Draw-Cartoons-Online.com in February...


Lunar New Year

Celebrate the coming Lunar New Year by learning how to draw two different kinds of cartoon moons!

Lunar New Year


How to Draw People Made Easy! - Part One

Learning how to draw people is often thought to be quite difficult. In this lesson, use a very simple and familiar technique to see that drawing people can actually be quite easy!

How to Draw People Made Easy! - Part One


How to Draw People Made Easy! - Part Two

This lesson builds upon the first one. Instead of using a stick person, it focuses on how to draw people more accurately.

How to Draw People Made Easy! - Part Two


How to Draw People Made Easy! - Part Three

The third and final part - here you'll use circles and ovals to learn how to draw people that are more curvy and less boxy.

How to Draw People Made Easy! - Part Three


Red Dragon Drawing - Part One

First of a three-part dragon drawing lesson, learn how to draw a red dragon - similar to those made famous through popular movies and books!

Red Dragon Drawing - Part One


Red Dragon Drawing - Part Two

Take it a step further as you slowly develop shape and detail in your red dragon drawing.

Red Dragon Drawing - Part Two


Once more, "Red Dragon Drawing – Part Three" will be up very soon!

And that just about wraps things up for February.

In the mean time, I encourage you to keep the ideas coming by using the “Contact” form on the site. Even if you just want to say "hi," it's always nice to hear from you!

Keep at the drawing and stay tuned for new cartoon drawing lessons!

Until next time,

Jeff :-)


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