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Cartooning Fundamentals

Cartooning Fundamentals (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elroy Simmons


This beginners course will give you a foundation in the creative and technical aspects of all the applications of cartoon art. The skills that you'll learn may be applied to animation, comic books, graphic novels, panel cartoons, humorous illustration, storyboarding or newspaper strips.

Close attention will be paid throughout the course to the work of cartoon masters such as Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Ronald Searle, Steve Bell, Charles Schultz, Harvey Kurtzmann and many others.

Topics covered

You will be taken through all the components of cartoon drawing and illustration, which will include:

  • materials
  • character design and construction
  • page layout, framing, lettering, and caricature
  • pencilling, inking with brush and pen
  • stylistic approaches, facial expression
  • tricks of the trade, ideas and scripting
  • drawing from the imagination
  • acting, implied action, cartoon effects, and studio practices

You will be required to complete various assignments throughout the course that will incorporate practical applications of the cartoon principles listed above.

Who should take this course?

This course is geared towards aspiring cartoonists, animators and comic artists of all levels, who wish to acquire, or improve upon existing cartooning skills.

Entry requirements: Some basic drawing experience is helpful but not required.

Level: Beginners

Please note that all courses scheduled until 11 September 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Elroy Simmons has worked as a Traditional 2D Animator since 1995.  In that time, Elroy has worked on a wide range of projects – from TV commercials, Children’s TV series and animated specials, to independent shorts.   Most recently, Elroy’s work can be seen in two independently made feature length, live-action/animated documentaries; “Doozy” (Director: Richard Squires. LMFYFF. 2018) and “Mansfield 66/67” (Directors: Todd Hughes, David Ebersole. The Ebersole Hughes Company. 2016). Both of these films utilise cartoon animation styles – from the 1960s/70s and 50s/60s, respectively. 
Elroy directs (both his own work and for others) and has substantial experience in both ‘Indie’ and commercial animation.   Elroy has been employed in a range of roles, including; writing, character design/development, storyboarding, animation timing, animation layout, supervising animator and art direction.



Please bring with you to the first session:

  • HB, B or 2B pencils (not mechanical pencils)
  • Light blue pencils (preferably Faber-Castell "Col-Erase" light blue)
  • A4 photocopy paper (one pack of 500 sheets will last the whole course)
  • A pencil sharpener (preferably one that holds the shavings)
  • A number 2 or 3 size sable brush (Windsor & Newton Series 7 are best)
  • Dip-pen drawing nib(s) with holder
  • Black waterproof ink (Higgins "Black Magic" is suitable)
  • A 12 inch t-square
  • An eraser
  • A putty/kneadable eraser
  • An assortment of pens suitable for drawing (black ink only).

Available dates