The Quest for Illustration Glory: Part II

Laura Riegel / Posted 5.22.2012

The Quest for Illustration Glory: Part II

A few months back, I decide to go on a quest for illustration glory. I always have loved creating and designing, but one of the largest roadblocks I encounter is my inability to draw. 

So I resolved that 2012 was the year to make a change. I created a list of five how-to-illustrate books to peruse and began working my way through them. For the complete list of the books, check out The Quest for Illustration Glory, part I.

A little taste from a humongous book of cartooning

To launch my quest, I cracked open Christopher Hart’s Humongous Book of Cartooning.

So far the book has been stellar!  Hart’s instructions and inside cartooning tips are very valuable, and the book is packed with illustration exercises—all fun and simple to work through.

Here is a sample of some of the helpful cartooning tips I have learned, paired with my drawings from the exercises:

#1 Circular faces denote cuteness and the lower the facial features on the head the more adorable your subject is.

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#2 Ears placed lower on the head help create a youthful look.

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#3 Softer chin lines give a more feminine appearance.

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#4 Placing facial features higher on the head allows for a larger chin — a must have for any cartoon dad.

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#5 Crooked noses or sunken cheeks are the quintessential characteristics of any evil cartoon character.

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These are just a smattering of some of the totally awesome cartooning tips Hart shares in his Humongous Book of Cartooning.

If you want to learn how to draw cartoons or pick up a few tips just for kicks, check it out on

Laura Riegel

Print and Web Designer at Q Digital Studio

Laura Riegel is Q Digital Studio's print and web designer, originally hailing from Kentucky. She happily calls Colorado home, as Denver perfectly suits her hobbies of skiing, camping and mountain biking. Equal parts creative and practical; Laura loves the challenges and joys of both designing and coding.