Cartoonist

How To Have A Career In Cartoonist

Artists who are specialized in drawing cartoons or comics are called cartoonists. Cartoonists are also known as comic strip creators, comic book artists, comic book illustrators, graphic novel artists, etc. cartoonists specialize in creating sequential images and individual images for comic books or digital platforms. 

Works of a cartoonist are available in many formats like booklets, comic strips, storyboards, posters, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, greeting cards, video games, magazines, newspapers, clothing, etc. 

Cartoonists create their cartoons from sketching human figures that gradually end up looking different from a human being but fulfill the needs to become a human. Cartoonists create other characters, too, except human beings.

About The Cartoonist

A cartoonist is an artist or illustrator who makes a caricature of any living or non-living thing for comic books, storyboards, graphic novels, etc., for different purposes. A cartoonist usually makes a sketch using a pencil or a pen and then produces the final output in digital illustrative methods. It will take anyone a lot of dedication and hard work to become an artist who can create new characters with his/her thoughts. 

Using the web to publish artworks online led cartoonists to create webcomics. These online versions of comics are known as digital comics.

 

Eligibility To Become A Cartoonist

Firstly, if you are willing to pursue your career as a cartoonist, then only you can become a cartoonist as a cartoonist needs too much hard work, skills, and dedication. 

  • Almost everyone can start their career as a cartoonist if they can create new characters with efficiency. The minimal degree is a bachelor's degree in animation, fine arts, graphic design, or illustration.
  • You must have skills in drawing or sketching to be able to create cartoons.

How To Become A Cartoonist

  • There is no particular way to become a cartoonist as cartoonists are generally gifted artists. 
  • Unlike various subjects for studying, creating cartoons need a lot of hard work, dedication, and pure skills. 
  • Your imagination power should be capable of creating new characters and not copying from others. 
  • Cartoonists are mostly freelancers who work in different modes, i.e., online and offline, to publish their creations. Later on, digital comics companies, newspaper companies, and others may hire him/her to work for them. 
  • Experience is the key to everything. To establish an efficient cartoonist, you have to keep working on cartoons, comics, illustrations, etc., for a few years. 
  • Writing capabilities are also significant in cartoonists as a cartoonist needs to write the plots, stories, themes of a comic book or a comic strip. For animation purposes, too, a cartoonist needs to write the dialogues.
  • To apply for jobs in the field of cartoonists, one must keep his/her portfolio handy. 

Top Cartooning Institutes In India

  • National School of Drama, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi
  • Garden City University, Bangalore
  • Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  • Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune
  • Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
  • Annapurna International School of Film & Media (in short AISFM) in Hyderabad
  • Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

Cartoonists Entrance Exam

You are not required to have any particular educational qualification to become a cartoonist. But to pursue a cartoonist career, there are entrance exams for several courses conducted by various institutions. National Institute of Design offers courses in subjects like Graphic design, Film design, Digital gaming design, which can be helpful for you if added to your main course. 

A student is required to sit for the DAT (Design Aptitude Test) exam if he/she wants to pursue his career with any of the mentioned courses. There are two parts of the DAT Exam, which are DAT Prelims and DAT Mains.

Career Opportunities In Cartoonist

Most cartoonists are self-employed as there are very limited job profiles available in India. Cartoonists spend most of the time working as freelancers to gain experience and promote their works to build up their careers. 

Career opportunities for cartoonists are mostly found in media and advertisers that are looking for cartoon characters. Though, new opportunities are arising as nowadays video games, internet-based publications, e-magazines are growing big. 

Employment Sector/Industry For Cartoonists

There are very limited sectors where cartoonists are in high demand. Most cartoonists work as freelancers to build up their careers. Still, there are some industries like newspapers, publishing houses, magazines, film industries, television industries, advertising agencies, etc., where cartoonists are required for few jobs. In India, companies like Cartoon Network, Times of India, The Indian Express, etc., hire cartoonists for different works. 

Jobs In Cartoonists

  • Comic artist
  • Book illustrator
  • Animator
  • Caricature creator
  • Graphic designer

Salary Of A Cartoonist

The salary of a cartoonist varies from 1.8 lakh rupees per annum to 8 lakh rupees per annum based on the cartoonist's experience level.

Study Material To Become A Cartoonist

  • Ivan Brunetti's "Cartooning: Philosophy and Art."
  • Christopher Hart's "Modern Cartooning" and "Cartooning for The Beginner."
  • Tom Richmond's "The Mad Art of Caricature."

Pros And Cons Of Becoming A Cartoonist

Pros

  1. Assignment-type jobs
  2. Job satisfaction
  3. Opportunity to promote works in front of a large audience

Cons

  1. The establishment is very tough in this field.
  2. Competitive market and required a lot of skills.

FAQs about Cartoonist

  • What does a cartoonist do?

    A cartoonist is an artist or illustrator who makes a caricature of any living or non-living thing for comic books, storyboards, graphic novels, etc., for different purposes. A cartoonist usually makes a sketch using a pencil or a pen and then produces the final output in digital illustrative methods. It will take anyone a lot of dedication and hard work to become an artist who can create new characters with his/her thoughts.

  • Does a cartoonist need to be useful in writing?

    Writing capabilities are very important in cartoonists as a cartoonist needs to write the plots, stories, themes of a comic book or a comic strip. For animation purposes, too, a cartoonist needs to write the dialogues.

  • Name a famous animation production company.

    Disney