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Cartooning Fundamentals - Part 2

Cartooning Fundamentals - Part 2

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Vincent Woodcock


This advanced cartooning short course is aimed towards those students who have either already completed the Cartooning Fundamentals course, or those journeyman cartoonists with ambitions to work as professionals who have already reached a basic level in their own work but who need additional guidance to help them improve their skills.

Topics covered

Picking up from the Cartooning Fundamentals course, the following subjects will be dealt with in more depth:

  • character design and posing, composition, lettering, and caricature
  • pencilling, inking with brush and pen
  • stylistic approaches, facial expression, tricks of the trade, ideas and scripting
  • drawing from the imagination
  • implied motion and cartoon effects

Additionally, students will be encouraged to generate their own ideas for cartoons, with an emphasis on caricature, satire, and humorous illustration.

The importance of tonal contrast will be explored, first with monochrome media such as ink washes and grey markers, and later with watercolour and gouache.

The work of artists such as Charles Addams, Ronald Searle, Richard Thompson, Posy Simmonds, Steve Bell, Denys Wortman, Harvey Kurtzman will be examined.

Students will be required to complete various assignments that will incorporate practical applications of the cartoon principles listed above, with the aim of producing finished portfolio pieces by the end of the course.

Entry requirements: Some drawing/cartooning experience is required.

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

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.