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Are you interested in drawing cartoons?

On this page, there are some basic cartoon animals to copy. They were easy to draw because there is lots of white space to simplify the process. Cartoons are defined in outline form so this is a terrific playing field for beginner artists.

Prior to copying a picture, decide where you want to commence the sketch.

A good tip to remember -- if you are right-handed, start to draw from any point at the top left to prevent the risk of smudging.

I taught myself to draw by looking and copying, so read on to see how I did that.

Cartoon Cow

Let's say you choose to start with the top of the head. Ok, draw the first line and make sure the angle of the line looks to be the same as the reference picture.

Before putting in the next line, look carefully at where it begins, in relation to the first line. This is a good habit to get into and it is worth the time to put this study into practice.

Don't hesitate to keep erasing until you're pleased with your sketch.

I use photocopy paper a lot because it stands up to a fair bit of abuse from my eraser. Of course, it also helps if you don't press too hard on your pencil.

The best thing about this hobby is that you only need very few materials to get started.

Cartoon Frog On Lilypad

Once you get the hang of drawing cartoons, you never know, you might just get an idea to create your own comic book. Opportunities are endless when you teach yourself to draw.

Have a look at the basic lines that make up comic characters and objects. If this is where your heart lies, you will improve by studying and reproducing everything that appeals to you.

I look through all sorts of books searching for outlines that would be easy to copy with minimum or no details.

Funny Monkey Drawings

This funny monkey drawing may look like it's too hard for a beginner artist but that isn't the case at all.

The branch has more details than the monkey but that was my choice to add a few extra strokes.

Even if you first suspect a picture may be too hard to copy, push away those limiting thoughts and give it a go anyway.

That is one way to measure what stage you are up to with your progress.

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It's hard to imagine anyone getting tired of drawing cartoons because they are such good fun to create and a pleasure to view.

Try not to stress even if you can't get the cartoon to look the way you want it to. Also, don't worry about how many repeats you need to get it right, just enjoy yourself, that's the most important thing.

Cartoon Pig

When you've made a good mess of attempt number one, move straight on to attempt number two.

Remember that you are drawing cartoons for you, you are the only one that you have to please right now.

Move on to a different subject if you feel too much frustration at any time because you have to protect your enthusiasm.

Try not to put your drawing down when you're annoyed. That feeling will stay with you and you'll be reluctant to pick up your pencils again. That event is similar to an old saying that my Mum quoted to us all the time: "Never let the sun go down on your anger."

Observe and Learn

Cartoon Chicken

Keep the mindset to have fun while drawing cartoons.

Everytime you scribble down a quick sketch, you are actually practicing which leads to improvement in your next attempt.

These cartoon animals will provide a good clear outline so you can focus on where lines begin and end.

If you learn this observation skill, it will put you in good stead for the rest of your drawing life.

Happy cartooning!

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