The kids have this book. It’s called Cartooning for Kids and it gives you step by step instructions that show you how to draw cartoon pictures of dogs, cats, hippopotamus and more. The description on Amazon says:
You don’t have to be a great artist to be a good cartoonist. Because cartoons are based in humor, not art; the secret to their success is to think funny. In this handy guide, you’ll find detailed instructions for creating cartoon people and animals. With a little practice you’ll be drawing adults and children, creatures, and more. “A fun, funny, instruction book for all ages.”—Copley News Service.
Sounds pretty great. I’ve been impressed with MM’s drawings which are pretty spot on and when BB said she wanted to try, I told her to find a pad of paper and give it a go.
Here’s her first attempt with explanations from the artist where needed:
Is anyone else seeing like a wart hog? Or a water buffalo? Or that creature hiding in your closet at night? This picture got funnier and funnier with each detail and I had to bite my tongue to keep from stopping her every so often to interject with advice like “that’s about 5 lumps too many” or “you forgot two of the feet” or “those tails should really be more pointy.”
Because the truth is – just like the description said: cartoons are based in humor, not art
And I’d rather see how her mind interprets the instructions and where her imagination takes her, than to just have a copied image, detail for detail, from the book. It’s much more memorable this way, don’t you think?