As with other art forms, there are many different cartoon styles and types. In the first part of this article we take a look at the definition of a cartoon, in a second part, we will present an overview of most cartoon styles. Please mail us your suggestions or remarks to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's a cartoon?
"The word cartoon has various meanings, based on several very different forms of visual art and illustration. The artists who draw cartoons are known as cartoonists.
The term has evolved over time. The original meaning was in fine art, where cartoon meant a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting or tapestry. The modern meaning refers to both humorous illustrations in print and animated films. Even more recently, there are several contemporary meanings, including creative visual work for electronic media and animated digital media. When the word cartoon is applied to print media, it most often refers to a humorous single-panel drawing or gag cartoon, most of which have typeset captions rather than speech balloons. The word cartoon is sometimes used to refer to a comic strip, and it can also refer to a humorous illustration for fiction or nonfiction published in newspapers and magazines."
Other definitions are: (source: google dictionary)
- A simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, esp. a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine
- A comic strip
- A simplified or exaggerated version or interpretation of something
- this movie is a cartoon of rural life in America
- Dolores becomes a cartoon housewife, reading glossy magazines in a bathrobe
- A motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects
- A full-size drawing made by an artist as a preliminary design for a painting or other work of art.
- A picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect
- The art or style of such exaggerated representation
- there are elements of caricature in the portrayal of the hero
- A ludicrous or grotesque version of someone or something
- he looked like a caricature of his normal self
What does cartoon and caricature mean for ECC Cartoonbooks Club?
The 'core business' of our blog does not include comic strip or comics and animated cartoons nor books about these subjects. Other blogs and websites will inform you about this matter.
To keep it simple, this is what we understand under 'cartoon' and 'caricature':
- cartoonA (simple) drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously (exaggerated) way.
- A picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.