Kw-logo-smaller

Becoming a Cartoonist or Animator

Becoming an Animator
Courtesy of stock.xchng

Cartoonist vs. Animator

Both cartoonists and animators create comics by combining a story with a series of images. Generally, a cartoonist creates comic strips, while an animator draws cartoons for TV, movies and video games.


Education

Whether you want to become a cartoonist or an animator, the process is similar. You don’t technically need post-secondary education in this field, but like all jobs, more education means more experience and a better chance of landing a job.


A Few Tips

  • Present your stories in as few words as possible. Keep your dialogue short, concise and easy to follow.

  • Don’t rely on your dialogue to tell the story. Your cartoon images should have universal meaning. That way, even those who don’t speak English can follow along with just the pictures.

  • Observe people and nature. Exaggerate what you see when drawing your cartoons—emotions, movements, body language.

  • Find your unique style. Consistency in your art will make your work easily recognizable to fans.

  • Find your genre. What are your comics about? Everyday life? Politics? School? Finding your genre—or niche—and sticking with it (at least while you’re getting established) will help you build a fan base.

  • Prepare a professional-looking portfolio of all your quality work. Put emphasis on the pieces that you’ve sold or had printed in a publication or online.

  • Publishing Your Work

    There are two ways to get your comics into the hands of potential fans: freelance (selling by yourself), or with the help of an agent. You can sell your pieces individually to different publications. Or you can work for one publication on a regular basis. As an animator, you’ll work for a TV, film or gaming company rather than a publication.


    Salary

    According to salary.com, a cartoonist/animator can make anywhere from $37,000 to $68,000 with the average annual salary of about $50,000.


    Related Stories:

  • Becoming a Computer Graphic Artist
  • Becoming an Author
  • Becoming an Architect
  • Becoming a Professional Voice Actor
  • Check Out More Cool Jobs!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    Blind Faith

    Blind Faith wrote:

    o3o
    commented: Sun Jul 28, 2013

    xPrincessPikachux
    and I'm a good computer artist too... I can't choose what I want to be...
    commented: Sun Jul 28, 2013

    xPrincessPikachux
    Well I do make my GIFS (animations) from using Microsoft Paint and OpenOffice
    commented: Sun Jul 28, 2013

    there are 7 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1118937757671

    Who's Your Fave Superhero?

    • Batman.
    • Superman.
    • Spider-Man.
    • I don't really like comic books.

    related stories

    A long time ago in a galaxy far... no, wrong fantasy. One of the most popular characters in the w...

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    AlphaT
    AlphaT posted in Friends:
    The fact that this girl has a crush on you is enough for me to say...stick with the friend.
    reply about 3 hours
    american_brit
    american_brit posted in Friends:
    Nope. Not at all... It's just... too hard, ya know? XD
    reply about 5 hours
    Boysrock50
    Boysrock50 posted in Friends:
    "american_brit" wrote: "Boysrock50" wrote: Mate, just.. LET HER GO, LET HER GO, DON'T TALK TO HER ANYMORE LET HER GO, LET HER GO, IT IS HER YOU MUST IGNORE YOU SHOULDN'T CARE, WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY, YOU SHOULD JUST MOVE ON, YOUR FRIEND IS MORE IMPORTANT ANYWAY Nailed it XD Beautiful. All that friendship, compassion, mild rejection... poured out  into one song. Amazing. Tear jerker right there! *sobs* Okay... now that I'm done be extremely melodramatic, I agree 100% with what has been said. Loyalty to your friend is definitely what's best in the situation -and you've seem to be following through on this. Good. Now... can you just leave the girl alone? It might be better if you just ignore her.  thankyou, thankyou :P can you guess where my inspiration was from? :D
    reply about 5 hours
    american_brit
    american_brit posted in Friends:
    "Boysrock50" wrote: Mate, just.. LET HER GO, LET HER GO, DON'T TALK TO HER ANYMORE LET HER GO, LET HER GO, IT IS HER YOU MUST IGNORE YOU SHOULDN'T CARE, WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY, YOU SHOULD JUST MOVE ON, YOUR FRIEND IS MORE IMPORTANT ANYWAY Nailed it XD Beautiful. All that friendship, compassion, mild rejection... poured out  into one song. Amazing. Tear jerker right there! *sobs* Okay... now that I'm done be extremely melodramatic, I agree 100% with what has been said. Loyalty to your friend is definitely what's best in the situation -and you've seem to be following through on this. Good. Now... can you just leave the girl alone? It might be better if you just ignore her. 
    reply about 5 hours
    Boysrock50
    Boysrock50 posted in Friends:
    Mate, just.. LET HER GO, LET HER GO, DON'T TALK TO HER ANYMORE LET HER GO, LET HER GO, IT IS HER YOU MUST IGNORE YOU SHOULDN'T CARE, WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY, YOU SHOULD JUST MOVE ON, YOUR FRIEND IS MORE IMPORTANT ANYWAY Nailed it XD
    reply about 6 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    Big_icon_(7)

    Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

    Big_icon_(4)

    You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

    Big_icon_(6)

    The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

    Big_icon_(5)

    Tic Tac Toe is back!