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1. In order to made a successful cartoon, you must… MUST have a sense of humor. This is the number one rule!! come up with something completely random and throw it out there, the present audience seems to enjoy that. (Keep in mind to not bring your cartoon completely off topic).
2. Split your personality, meaning split up ALL of your feelings of YOURSELF into different characters. (just think about how your react to different situations, then place that reaction into how a character would react.) It is REALLY hard to explain the process… let me sum it up. For example, there is ALWAYS going to be a goofy/ dumb character, what I am trying to say is to put your goofy personality into the one character. Each of your feelings represent the character. Let me give an example from a cartoon… Schnitzel from the Cartoon Network show Chowder, he is stubborn and always seems to be angry.
3. Come up with a theme for your show, my theme is a mythical land with mythical creatures, like stuff that some of us humans might not have belief in (AKA Bigfoot, aliens, unicorns….Santa Clause). It can be anything, as long as the cartoon appeals to the audience you are aiming for. An example for a failed attempt to attract the right group (NOT SAYING ITS A BAD SHOW!!!), Invader Zim. Invader Zim was placed on nickelodeon to allure children from 7 to 13 or something around there. INSTEAD it held the attention of an older audience, an audience from around 14 to 18. This is why they cancelled the show. The creator Jhonen Vasquez did the right thing, he didn’t change his show for nick. Which will refer to my next tip…
4. NEVER make a show that you don’t enjoy!! If you change a show for someone, it will completely ruin everything. Vasquez was into violence, he made Invader Zim more child-like compared to his comic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. He didn’t want to completely ruin his show and reputation by making it even more child-like, it would completely ruin the whole purpose of the cartoon. How can you make a cartoon child-like when it deals with an alien trying to destroy the Earth right? haha. Plus this show brought himself into it (refer to step 2), he liked who he was, and didn’t want to change to fit nicks wants.
5. ALWAYS practice drawing each character, draw them from the front, side, back, and practice on their expressions. Practice is the key to success. Make the character look like their personality unless you want a taste of irony and make a strong looking character soft and wimpy on the inside (Eduardo from Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends for example). Sometimes you need this irony to put some humor into your cartoons.
6. LAST but NOT least, never give up!
Tips are courtesy of Kayla Joshyn Morgan Perez
What do you think cartoonist tips? Are there any suggestions left off the list?
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