How to Draw a Cartoon Like The New Yorker

Jake Goldwasser
In this 90 minute session, participants will learn the history, composition, and theory of single-panel cartoons. Everyone will then have the opportunity to draw their own cartoon (but no artistic experience is necessary).
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Mon, Nov 16
Mon, Nov 16
5pm PT / 8pm ET
90 min


There’s a lot more that goes into cartoons than meets the eye. Great cartoons produce a flash of comedy — they invite viewers into the absurd for only an instant. Achieving this effect requires careful artistry and comedic timing.

In this session, we’ll discuss the history, conventions, and format of the single-panel cartoon. After that, we’ll develop our own mini theory of what we all find hilarious, delightful, tragic, and absurd. When we have a foundation, we’ll brainstorm cartoon ideas and take time to sketch them out individually. Then we’ll share our creations and see what works! No experience necessary. If you can draw a stick figure, you can draw a cartoon!

Note: This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with The New Yorker magazine. The ideas expressed and content shared in this workshop are solely the host's or otherwise properly credited.

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