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Cartooning Fundamentals

Cartooning Fundamentals

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Tutor to be confirmed, Vincent Woodcock


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: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Vincent Woodcock learned animation from Richard Williams and Art Babbitt, co-directed Disney's "Duck Tales The Movie", sequence-directed on "The Tigger Movie", and was an animator and character-designer on "Space Jam". His idents and promo's for Cartoon Network have won Promax awards, and he has designed characters for many theatrical and TV animated productions. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Time Out and Fortean Times, and he is the author and illustrator of "How To Draw And Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters". He is currently working on his own graphic novel.

Read an interview with Vincent on the Short Courses blog here.


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