Types of creation of cartoon drawings
Caricature is an effective illustration tool that graphic artists as well as fashion designers can use in designing visual communication products such as magazines, posters, billboards, etc.
There are basically five types of cartoon drawings. These are Gag, Comic Strip, Cartoon, Editorial and Illustrated cartoons. Each of the types has its different applications in the field of visual communication.
i) Cartoons for nagging
“Gag” literally means “joke”. Cartoons are usually one-panel cartoons that are used to create entertainment for people in general. They create humor through the use of exaggerated expressions. They are used as a means of entertainment. Sometimes they are used to highlight and make fun of people’s flaws or mistakes. Cartoons may be accompanied by a one-sentence caption, which may be the spoken words of a character.
ii) Comic book cartoons
This type of cartoon appears as regular features with famous or established characters in newspapers. They are depicted in series to illustrate or tell a story. Each strip features a series of panels with characters’ words wrapped in a bubble. They are published together on one or two pages.
iii) Cartoons (Animation)
This is a short, computer-drawn cartoon made to look like it was hand-drawn. They are made in series to create the illusion of movement and action. They are used for cinematography and are produced on audio-video screens. To create an animation, each subsequent drawing in the panel is made slightly different from the first one before it to portray the idea of motion.
iv) Editorial cartoons
This type of cartoon is made for publication in newspapers. They appear on the editorial page as individual drawings that are used to shed more light on a newspaper’s editorial commentary. They can be displayed with or without captions. Many editorial cartoons called caricatures make fun of famous people like politicians, musicians, etc. A caricature is an animated drawing of someone that exaggerates their appearance or behavior in a humorous way to create entertainment.
They may also support the main editorial of the day or may deal with some other events in the day’s news. The cartoon below illustrates or supports an editorial about female genital mutilation.
v) Illustrative cartoons
Illustrative cartoons depict specific ideas in a direct and simple way. They help explain stories, study aids or advertisements. They further explain the text that accompanies them. Books used in schools usually have illustrative cartoons to help explain the subject or content. The cartoon below is an illustrative cartoon advertising a product.
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