How to Create a Single-Panel Cartoon

Amy Kurzweil
In this hour-long session, students will learn key cartooning principles, theories, and approaches that will prepare them to dream up their own cartoons. We’ll do generative prompts together and then draw and share our funny thoughts and sketches (no experience necessary).
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Wed, Mar 24
Wed, Mar 24
5pm PT / 8pm ET
60 min


New Yorker cartoonists submit between 6-10 rough cartoons to the editor a week. How do we come up with so many ideas? The key is marrying our observation about the world with something that makes them funny. In this class, we’ll learn one approach to idea generation which I call the “Imagined Worlds” approach. The focus of this class will be on funny ideas and sketches, not on polished art. 


This class will begin with a drawing warm up, then a short lecture that introduces students to a few key cartooning theories and principles for dreaming up cartoon ideas and getting them to work. We’ll look at and discuss some expert cartoons for inspiration, noting how they work formally, and then we’ll do a generative cartooning exercise based on prompts. We’ll have time to draw our ideas, then we’ll share and celebrate our work. 


This event is perfect for anyone who wants to try their hand at cartoons. No experience necessary!

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