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When I began cartooning, I couldn’t draw at all. I was a writer who could add stick figures to funny lines. But I learned how to draw. Even though I was mostly old. If you want to learn how to become a cartoonist, you’ve come to the right place for a good start! Take a look around and then just start drawing and writing!

Do It and Do It As Much As You Can

Just do it. Just start drawing. Just start writing.
The more you do, the more you get better.

resources for cartooning

How to Get Started

How to Draw Comics

Free, easy to follow, step-by-step drawing tutorials for you to gain the knowledge you need to improve your comic art skill-set. Learn to draw everything, from body parts to facial expressions.

How to Draw Comics When You Can’t Actually Draw

So, you want to learn how to become a cartoonist, but you can’t draw. Like at all. Psst, you can still draw comics. Learn how to draw comics when you can’t actually draw. This stuff works.

Comics for Beginners

This beginner course helps newbies get started with cartooning. In 10 video tutorials, writer and artist Palle Schmidt takes you through the basics of making comics, from script to finished page.

Comic Book Poses

Practice makes perfect, so follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw your characters perfectly. Learn how to draw the planes of the face, head angles, and expressions.

How to Draw Comics

Through this tutorial, you’ll learn how to draw comics, from the conceptual stages all the way to the finished product. Plus, you’ll learn what materials you’ll need every step of the way.

12 Best Comics Drawing Books for Beginners

BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on recommendations by thought leaders and experts. Find the best comic drawing books to get started with cartooning.

How to Get Your Comic Published

How to Publish a Comic Strip

You’ve got the material, all you need now is to be published. So, how do you do that? This step-by-step guide answers your questions on how to get published or self-publish your art.

Learn About the Industry!

Washington Post | Licensing & Syndication

Washington Post | Licensing & Syndication

Explore Washington Post syndicated comics, including the American favorites, plus the new, the edgy and fresh. Check out Barney & Clyde, Candorville, Fort Knox, Reply All, and more.

The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum

Enjoy this cartoon and comic art museum, which highlights the value of cartoons to culture and society. If you find yourself in London, check out their exhibitions, events, and workshops.

The Daily Cartoonist

The Daily Cartoonist

The source for industry news for the professional cartoonist. Explore news about comic strips and panels, editorial cartooning, magazine cartoons, movies and animation, and more.

New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is your event. Where you can feel unafraid to geek out.

Where you’re accepted and embraced for being yourself. Where you can experience the best in pop culture because no matter what fandom you’re passionate about, we have it waiting here for you. Be inspired by award-winning comic artists and Japanese anime creators. Get star struck over your favorite TV and film idols. Treat yourself to exclusive fandom gear and unique artwork. But most importantly, create all of those memories with the people you care about the most. Because this event is for you. To embrace your inner hero or root for the villain. To geek out as a family. To celebrate a weekend together you’ll never forget.
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Study Cartooning

The Center for Cartoon Studies

The Center for Cartoon Studies

Two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels, and other manifestations of the visual narrative. Apply! You never know…

The Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

The Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

High-quality and challenging education in Cartooning and Graphic Art. This education will prepare you for the rewarding and exciting careers and opportunities ahead of you.

Join the Cartoon Community

National Cartoonists Society

National Cartoonists Society

The world’s largest and most prestigious organization of over 500 professional cartoonists, working in comic books, editorial, animation, webcomics, and other branches of the profession.

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

High-quality and challenging education in Cartooning and Graphic Art. This education will prepare you for the rewarding and exciting careers and opportunities ahead of you.

Cartooning apps

Animation Desk

Animation Desk

Provides versatile tools for creating frame animations, storyboarding, and sketching. Also contains subscription options. (4.4 stars, 1M+ downloads)

Comics and Cartoon Maker

Comics and Cartoon Maker

Helps to turn photos into comics and cartoons. Create convincing comics with the speech balloon function. (4.4 star, Downloads: 10M+)

Cartoon Animation Creator

Cartoon Animation Creator

2D animation app that helps users learn how to sketch, make animations, and create storyboards. (4.5 stars, Downloads: 500+)

Anime Maker

Anime Maker

Upload your work and share it with your friends. Draw your own character and animate it frame by frame, like a flipbook. (3.7 stars, Downloads: 1M+)

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

Sketch and paint on your device with the feel and freedom of drawing on proper paper. Improve the look of your sketches. (4.0 stars, Downloads: 50M+)

Got Questions? Send Them to Me!

Otherwise, draw all you can! And write. Write, write and rewrite. That’s my
best advice to anyone who wants to learn to draw and write cartoons.

But when you take my advice, remember I’m a home grown cartoonist – no training, no official skills, no resume.
I really just know one way that worked for me. Learn what you can from what I did. And enjoy!! It’s fun!!

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