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.

how-to-illustrate excercise

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

how-to-illustrate excercise

#3 Softer chin lines give a more feminine appearance.

how-to-illustrate excercise

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

how-to-illustrate excercise

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

how-to-illustrate excercise

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 Amazon.com.

Photo Credit:
Fdecomite

Sources:
Hart, C. (2009). Humongous Book of Cartooning. New York: Watson-Guptil.

Laura Riegel

Laura Riegel

Print and Web Designer at Q Digital Studio

Laura Riegel is Q Digital Studio's print and web designer, hailing from Kentucky. She did her undergraduate at Asbury College where she studied Media Communications with an emphasis on Graphic Design. After a few video production internships, Laura discovered her true love was graphic design. She hasn't looked back since.

Growing up as a military brat, she moved around a lot, but now Denver is home to Laura and her husband Mark. Denver perfectly suits Laura's hobbies of skiing, camping and mountain biking. Not only does she love the Denver environment at large, but loves her Denver working environment, splitting her time between commuting to Q Digital Studio and working from home.

Laura is “disciplined by nature,” and when she has a list of stuff that has to get done, she gets it done. Equal parts creative and practical; Laura loves the challenges of designing and coding. Most importantly, Laura enjoys “working with clients, seeing the direction they want to go, and interpreting their desires.” For Laura, it's all about reaping the benefits of putting out good quality work.