pastelandcomicbooks asked: I envy you. I can't really draw anything cartoony. I have to copy something I look at and I don't really see the point of it. I mean, why not just take a picture? Anyway, I really wish I could draw in a cartoon style because that's the style I like. Do you have any pointers?
Since this is a means-of-production kind of question, I’ll share it with everyone, hope that’s cool! But here goes:
Copying’s a good way way to learn cartoony stuff, come to think of it. Start by copying artists you like, or artists you think you maybe can copy. That’s a good way to get a sense of how cartoonists do the kind of tricks you like. They’re only lines, after all, and eventually you get a sense of what kinds of lines they are, and how to use them. (Most people swear by keeping up with the life drawing too, so that you retain a sense of proportion -
I used to do this kind of stuff a lot more, for example. And my drawing was better when I did. It’s like everything - you have to practice a lot, and keep up the work to stay competent, especially for someone like me who has zero instinctual talent when it comes to drawing. Literally zero. I really don’t draw very well. I just do a particular thing, and have done it for a long time).
But the most reliable tip I can give you is to play loose with it. Seriously, just mess around and see what works. Not everything you do has to be a finished drawing for publication, some things are just playing around, and it takes a lot of playing around to get where you want to be, you know? Be bold, draw wild ;)