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How Cartoons Are Made

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Cartoons are narrative sequences of two-dimensional, comical sketches. If you look it up in a dictionary, cartoons are non-realistic or semi-realistic sketches or images depicting the quality of its subject in a humorously exaggerated fashion. They are created to express judgments and thoughts of the cartoonist to the viewers. Each Cartoon has a number of language and visual features which aid in expressing and creating the whole impression. 

Though we only see the end result of cartoons, moving animations aren't really the actual moves. To make it look that there is movement, a series of still pictures are presented at a rapid rate. Though this task does not really cost a lot, it takes a lot to create cartoons - endurance, dedication and originality. You can utilize web resources to explore animation and teach yourself on ways to make animated cartoons. However, the very first thing you should do is think of an idea.
A basic procedure is used to put different images together and make cartoons. In order to create cartoons as fast as possible, different tricks could also be used by the cartoonist. The following are simple steps for making cartoons.

- Stable backdrop: In order to prevent redrawing the background for each and every shot, a single image is put behind each cartoon frame. Backgrounds are actually huge comic strips which they add while the story advances.
- Voices and drawings: Voices of the characters are recorded and then transferred into magnetic film for synchronization between the sketch and the image.

- Stable body parts: Used in redrawing just the characters' moving parts.

- Repeating backdrops: Used when shooting a character running long distance. When the character gets to one end of the background, the loop goes back to the start.

- Cells: Used to make images with parts that are both stable and moving. In order to make the last frame layered and that every frame has just one redrawn layer , they are transparent.

- Film-in technology: In order to fill in solid colors in parts of the cartoons, computers are used.

In order to create nice illustrations which express their ideas and opinions, cartoonists use different features that consist of;

- Colors: They are usually associated with emotions and ideas.

- Stereotypes: In order to make superficial and quick pictures of a group of individuals, false or incomplete information is utilized in the process of stereotyping. Since its normally based on people's over-simplistic or limited view, its normally seen undesirable. National groups, ethnic groups, professions, teenagers, adults, boys, girls, men and women have general stereotypes.
- Caricatures: A pictorial or literary illustration, in which the peculiarities or distinctive features of the subject are purposely over-emphasized. They are meant to be hilarious and make fun of a group.
- Symbols: Symbols such as animals, objects, logos and signs are utilized to show opinions and ideas about mood, atmosphere, places and people.

The internet is a good source to look for animation programs which individuals could utilize to make their very own cartoons. You will need a computer with access to the internet. Search for various animation software like Pencil which allows you to make cartoons using both bitmap and vector graphics. Animation software feature camera view, sound layer, vector drawing, bitmap drawing and animating, basic drawing and importing tools. 

Watch this home-made Cartoon created with the software Anime Studio!


Posted Sep 10, 2014 at 7:32am