List of Free Online Cartooning Lessons and Learning Materials
Learn cartooning with these free online lessons and learning materials. See the full list of free cartooning lessons and find the one that is right for you.
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Free Online Cartooning Lessons List
Cartoon Drawing Lessons and Tutorials at Drawing Coach
Users choose from a variety of cartoon topics that are rated from easy to hard. The free lessons are divided into steps and have accompanying drawings with detailed text. Although the link for free cartoon drawing software is no longer active, other possibilities are provided through the 'free drawing software' link.
Cartooning at Sara Jordan Publishing
Users choose from 6 printable cartooning lessons on various topics. Each online lesson is divided into steps and has detailed text, along with picture directions. Completed work may be sent to the website for possible posting.
Cartooning at Jerry's Artarama
This free 15-episode video series of cartoon lessons shows budding cartoonists how to draw faces of cartoon characters, add form and shape to characters, construct a comic strip and create optical illusions. The roughly 2-minute videos are lead by a professional cartoonist who illustrates the episodes' topic using paper and pen or pencil. Links are provided for additional related cartooning and general drawing videos. A video player is needed to view the lessons.
Cartoon Lessons at Cartoon Factory
Learners choose a cartoon character from a pictorial list. Directions for drawing each cartoon are depicted sequentially, using brief text and pictures.
Cartoonography at Cartoonography by Tim Slee
Using the 'cartooning kit', learners download Paint Shop Pro and choose a character from the online gallery of cartoon characters. Directions explain how to copy and combine images, and then add captions and color. Cartoon tutorials are also available that explain cartooning materials, the creative process, how to show expression through eyes, ways to add action to figures and how to sell cartoons.
Cartoons for the Classroom at Newspapers in Education
In this free learning option, there are over 200 lessons available for download based on real news items and appropriate for middle grades and up. Topical lessons may be accessed pictorially or sorted by headline. Teachers and students have access to cartooning resources, history through cartoons, cartoonist videos, a cartoon worksheet for custom lessons and a cartoon evaluation worksheet.
Create Your Own Comic Strip at MakeBeliefsComix.com
Using a comic template divided into 2-4 panels and online selection tools, users design their comic strips by adding characters, objects, scenes, talk/thought balloons, panel prompts and background colors. Options for printing or emailing finished work are available.
Create Your WeeMee at Wee World
Users create cartoon images of themselves or others by using the online tools and artwork to choose gender, head shape, skin color and eye color. The 'Get Dressed Now' button adds a wide variety of additional options, such as hair, clothing, objects, pets and foods. WeeMee creations may be saved. The large, red 'Sign Up' button on opening page has to be clicked for users to begin designing their creations, but no registration is necessary.
Drawing Lessons and Tutorials at Drawing: How to Draw
Learners choose from a directory of cartoon characters to practice cartooning using the website's online drawing toolbox that opens in the window. In addition, detailed lessons are available for topics such as art principles, mediums, drawing improvement, perspective, shading, transfer/copy art, holidays, landscapes, anime and objects.
Learn How to Draw at Gary Harbo
Artist/author Gary Harbo presents pictorial directions in 10 steps for drawing a new cartoon character each month, in addition to posting art lessons from previous years. Users also have access to free original graphics and a short video showing the author presenting an art lesson at an elementary school.