I think the main reason drawing cartoons is so enjoyable is because you can pretty much do what you want! You're free to exaggerate any feature as you please. It doesn't have to be realistic or too accurate.
It's like freeing your mind from the mundane everyday drudgery of real life!.....Okay maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but that's just my point! :)
When I was young I used to watch a lot of cartoons on television. Do you remember Saturday morning cartoons? Well, those days are long gone, but I can trace their influence on me throughout the years.
I drew lots of cartoons growing up, usually all over my school notebooks. Garfield, Earthworm Jim, The Simpsons, the list goes on. There were certainly video game influences in there as well. Best of all I would concoct my own creations just like that from random day dreams throughout the......well, day.
Cartoon drawing is a great first step to begin with on your drawing journey because cartoons can vary from really simple to fairly complex. It's up to you how detailed you want it to be! And it's amazing how much you can get from just a few lines of drawing.
Probably the easiest cartoon to start with (after smiley faces and stick figures) is that of a cartoon fish drawing. I mean you can't get too much simpler than that really, and you can still explore a wide variety of drawings despite its simplicity.
When it comes down to it though, the real meat is in the facial expressions. Of course by meat I mean emotion. That's where drawing cartoon faces comes into play.
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