Make it Funny: The Basics of Drawing and Writing Single Panel Cartoons
What are the components of a caption cartoon? (Plot, setting, characters, surprise. . . all in a snapshot.) Each day’s lecture will focus on a different element of panel cartooning and I’ll assign exercises to strengthen that cartooning muscle. During this class you will learn ways to generate ideas, execute them effectively in a drawing, and make them as funny as possible. Our goal will be to have two finished cartoons and a batch of roughs for future fine-tuning. We will be looking at other cartoonists’ processes for inspiration, but the focus will be on generating our own work.
You don’t need an art background, but you will need to know how to post pictures of your work on the site. They will be used for feedback and discussion with the class. Throughout the class, each student will receive feedback with detailed comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the work they turned in, as well as assignments for independent work and tips to move forward. At the conclusion of the class, each student will receive an email with individualized assignments for independent work and tips to move forward.
Hilary Price has been writing and drawing Rhymes With Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. At the age of 25, she was the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated strip. It has won "Best Newspaper Panel" by the National Cartoonists Society in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014, and appears in 375 papers internationally. Rhymes With Orange has been collected in three books, and her work has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People, and Glamour. She has taught cartooning workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Hilary splits her time between Northampton, MA and Brattleboro, VT. When not cartooning, she plays ice hockey and walks her overly large dog.