CLN - Community Leaning Network CLN Community Learning Network


Drawing Cartoons Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to information about Drawing Cartoons. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

ABC's of Cartooning

Amateur and Professional Cartoonists Association (APCA) – included in this site are cartooning tips, cartoon links, cartoonist list, and the glossary.

[The] Animation Learner's Site
This Website contains tutorials on animating and drawing cartoons, an introduction to what is animation, and links to useful animation sites.

Animation Schools

Balloon Tales
Lessons, tips, and techniques for lettering comics. Some are in a Q&A format but there is also a beginner's guide, as well as information and help on using computers within the lettering process.

BLS Career Information: Cartoonist
This page from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics describes what cartoonists do, what their job is like, the number of jobs in the US, their future of cartooning, how to prepare for the job, the pay, similar jobs, and where to look for more information.

Caricature Zone
In addition to viewing (and learning from) more than a hundred examples of caricatures of famous people, students can draw on-screen caricatures selecting from a variety of facial features.

Students may wish to go to the Lessons section for brief guides about materials, the creative process, simple tips and techniques, and marketing ideas. Or, they can use drawings that are already within the site's Gallery to create their own cartoons. There are instructions in the Cartooning Kit for downloading and manipulating the images as well as access to a downloadable copy of Paint Shop Pro.

Comics as a Career
A series of articles from comic artist Rob Davis on breaking into the comics business. Included are practical suggestions on technique as well as business tips. The articles are listed below in the order they were written.

Computer Animation Pages
This site has pages on the evolution of computer animation, computer graphics, tools, applications, graphic files, links, and tips for computer artists.

Creating Comics
A metalist of links of resources for the budding cartoonist. Links are annotated and organized into the following headings: Writing, Illustrating, Links about Lettering, Places to Submit your Creations, Resources for Self-Publishers, Networking and Support Links, and Self-Promoting Links.

Creating Comic Strips
Students in intermediate grades learn the art skills of drawing and sequencing drawings by creating comic strips in this AskEric lesson plan.

Department of Cartoons Archive, Cartoon Network
Students can learn about animation through looking at storyboards, models, background drawings, and episode designs for famous cartoon shows ranging from the Jetsons to Batman.

Draw and Colour with Uncle Fred
Step by step instructions (over several pages) for drawing over a dozen cartoons.

Drawing Easy Cartoons
This British site gives tips and lessons on how to draw easy cartoons. Draw cartoons that really look like people.

Emmett Scott's Arts and Activities
Lessons on how to draw cartoons, examples of drawing tricks, and information on a career as a cartoonist.

History of Animation
This Web page gives a brief history of animation.

This creative Website has a series of useful drawing lessons. To find them, click on the Drawing Lesson book in the bookshelf.

Mark Fleury's Writing for Comics
Personal essays giving observations about the cartoon medium and industry and articles on how to improve cartoon writing skills. In the 'supplements' section, there's also a glossary of terms and a FAQ. Warning: This is a Geocities site which means that you'll get intrusive and annoying advertising every time you load a page.

Stu's Comic Strip Connection
"Your gateway to all 1,000+ comic strip resources on the Internet. You'll find 20 real funnies pages, search tools, original content, a book store, and descriptions of all 1,300+ online cartoons."

Pro Cartoonists Index: Teacher Guide!
This Web site has a large collection of newspaper editorial cartoons on the web as well as lesson plans for using the editorial cartoons as a teaching tool in Social Sciences, Art, Journalism and English at all levels. Please note there is minimal advertising.

Teacher Guide
About a half dozen different lesson plans in which K-12 students review a number of current cartoons to examine the symbolism.

Top of Page

Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of information about Drawing Cartoons. For other resources in Fine Arts (e.g., curricular content in Art, Music, Drama, Dance, etc), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.

[Previous Page]