Just like real people, cartoon characters come in all different shapes and sizes. Learn how to design and draw your own cartoon people and characters. Learn how to draw the proportions of your comic figures with the following drawing lesson.
How to Draw Cartoon Figures & Bodies in Easy Steps
In this lesson we will show you how to construct the comic figure in its most simplest form, disregarding details of clothing, patterns, shoes, wrinkles, etc.
The average figure is usually drawn 8 heads high…but in cartooning, one does not have to adhere to this artistic law. For instance, here is Joe, only 4 and a 1/2 heads high.
and Rudy is only 3 and a 1/2 heads high.
And here is Malcolm, 4 heads high. We point this out merely to show how cartooning can be an exaggerated form of realism.
We will get you started on the simple type comic first, then the more complete figure will come easier. Some say the complete stick method works best…we like the combination oval (for tummy and head) and sticks (leg and arm).
This method gives you a quick look at the type of figure you want…
Like fat bodies…and think bodies…and husky bodies…and stumpy….etc.
Some more combo methods and their finished products-copy these and then try some of your own…remember to keep them simple.
Copy some of these figures, starting with the small combo sketches, and then working it up for inking.
I hope that this tutorial helped you draw comic style / cartoon-style bodies. Here is another cartoon body drawing tutorial that might help you!