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Warner Brother Looney Toons- how to draw Daffy Duck

How to draw cartoons source: Warner-Bros.
How to draw cartoons source: Warner-Bros.

How to Cartoons

So many people are fascinated by the ability of a skilled artist who can draw cartoons or figure drawing with little effort. A good artist can make images flow out of the tip of the pencil. If you are one of those people, you have been able to amaze your friends and family with your skills.

There are others who do not possess this talent and yet have a strong desire to learn to draw characters they really like. I remember how many days I spent learning how to draw snoopy from Charlie Brown. Of course there are some of you reading this who don't know who Snoopy is. You are probably more interested how to draw a cat, how to draw a monkey, or how to draw your favorite cartoon character. Whatever your subject is, you can learn to draw with very little talent.

How to draw anything

First I am going to give you some basic drawing tips and I will throw in a couple of tips for painting too because if you want to learn to draw, you may also enjoy knowing a little about how to paint.

A few art tips

1. Use good pencils. Any seasoned artist knows that there are what I call "magic drawing pencils". Most of us are familiar with the standard #2 pencil we use at the office or school. These pencils are terrible to draw with. The reason is the lead. It is hard lead. You want soft lead drawing pencils from an art supply store. When you have soft lead pencils you will be able to smudge, blend, and shade like a pro.

2. Use good brushes. If you are going to paint, use really good brushes. Also use several different ones. Get very fine art brushes for detail work and big fat ones for coloring in large spaces. The brushes that come with those child's watercolor palettes are the worst brushes as the bristles won't come together in a smooth point. This causes all kinds of problems when you paint, getting paint in places you didn't intend to put it.

3. Use acrylic paints, not oils. They don't smear like oils turning into a brown muddy mess, you can thin with water and use like a watercolor and they dry much quicker. If you make a mistake. let it dry and paint over it.

OK- these are just a few tidbits to help you with the number one secret to learn how to draw anything.

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This tip will help you learn how to draw whatever you want. This is a method that Michelangelo used in a basic form to paint on the Sistine Chapel. So my point is, if it is good enough for him, it will be good enough for you.

Tracing method-

This is the secret. You can take any picture you want and trace it...in just about any size. this includes making wall murals. In fact, this is a great way to paint murals.

How to draw using the tracing method-

1. Take a photo or other image of the character or scene you want to draw and photocopy it (in color if possible) onto a mylar sheet. You can get these in boxes at a local art supply store or office supply store. Most ink jet printers can handle mylar sheets to print on.

2. Once you have copied your image onto a mylar sheet, take the sheet and place it on an overhead projector. You can also try Michelangelo's technique of placing the image in front of a light, projected on the wall. (Michelangelo of course did not have mylar or copiers so he just had his subject stand in a light and he traced the outline onto his canvas such as the Sistine Chapel). tape a piece of paper on a wall and project your image onto it.

3. Now simply take a pencil and trace every line you see. The color will allow you to continue to develop the artwork by shading in each color projected. This makes learning how to draw cartoons easy. Cartoons are not very complicated and lack intricate details so this method is perfect for cartoons.

4. Once you have completed your tracing, take the paper off the wall. What you should have in front of you is an excellent image. Now you can take a fine point sharpie and simply draw over the pencil marks. When you are done, simply fill in the colors with paint or colored pens.

There you have it. You have learned how to draw cartoons (and just about anything else you want to draw). As you practice your favorite characters with tracing, (like I did with Snoopy) before you know it, you will be able to draw it by memory. Practice makes perfect after all. Until then, just use the tracing method for drawing characters and scenes you like. Whatever you want to learn how to draw, just have fun with it!

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

excellent advise and lesson here. Thanks for sharing this, I used to do this as a child with copy paper. It has been a long while since i did anything, I just might share this with my grand daughters and gt them to do some practice there. Thanks again bayareagreathing. ~aloha~


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Very interesting. Great tips. Thank you. x


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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

If its good enough for Michaelangelo good enough for me! The kids will love this, thanks Bayareagreatthing for doing the research.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Isn't tracing a bit of a cheat?


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for reminding me, bagt, of the "tracing method" for drawing. I'd forgotten how expedient it often is.


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Tracing is not cheating, ethel smith. (I sound like our Dad!) It is simply using God given talent and with practice, you will make it your own. Remember, you keep practicing till you can do it yourself. It's not cheating, it's called sharing!!

I'm in one of those moods. Hey, Bay, I will save this hub. I can follow directions. Sometimes I can actually free hand, but following directions I can do for sure. Interesting hub. Don't even have to buy a Disneyland ticket and attend their drawing workshop!!


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks vrbmft! I appreciate you stopping by. This is a fun thing to do with kids and builds their confidence in art skills. LOL Dland- I used to stand amazed watching those artisits!


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jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Wow, thanks for the information, very interesting hub.


Marissa 4 years ago

This website has thought me all sorts of ways to help me learn how to draw.


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

That's great! Keep on having fun with it!

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