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Cartoonist

Summary

An artist who creates cartoons using either digital tools or paper and pencil. Their work can be used in comic strips, newspaper, magazines, television, movies, video games, etc. It is a very exciting field for someone who is very imaginative and has a passion for drawing. They can express their thoughts freely through their sketch and comic strips. Cartoons are a great way to spread awareness among public.

Career Opportunities as a Cartoonist

  • With News Agencies
    Cartoonists work with various news agencies and magazine- creation firms for creating cartoons and comic strips. They create cartoons on various topics, usually covering the latest trends. They may portray the prevalent social and political issues in a humorous and satirical manner.
  • Magazine Creation firms
    They work with various magazine-creation firms on a full- time basis. They create cartoons according to the genre of the magazine and their requirements. They use their creativity to grab the attention of the audience.
  • Comic Book creator
    A comic book creator creates a series of cartoons portraying different scenes in the form of a story. It involves thinking of a new seen, interesting plots, etc. for each new comic. Hence, the person should be very imaginative. The work is very interesting.
  • Editorial cartoonist
    An editorial cartoonist or a political cartoonist illustrates the trending social and political issues in the form of a cartoon. Their?cartoons?are related to daily news, current affairs, etc. in a national or international context.
  • Storyboard creators
    Storyboard creators work in the television or film industry. They create a sequence of panels/ frames, used in the direction of a film. They help the directors of the show in visualizing the scene before it is actually shot.
  • As a freelance cartoonist
    Freelance cartoonists create their work and approach various agencies. They can work with multiple agencies at a time. Alternatively, they may start their own, independent agencies and work in a totally autonomous fashion, selling their works in the form of comic books and/ or publishing them on social media platforms.

How to Become a Cartoonist

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Pass Class XII in Any Stream with Fine Arts as a mandatory subjectPursue B.F. A or B.SC/B. A Animation and Graphics for 3 - 4 yearsPursue M.A. Fine Arts/ M.A. Fine Arts and Painting for 2 years-
Path 2
Pass Class XII in Any Stream with Fine Arts as a mandatory subjectPursue Diploma Fine Arts/ Diploma Animation for 1 yearPursue PG Diploma in Fine Arts/ Fine Arts and Painting-
Path 3
Pass Class XII in Any Stream with Fine Arts as a mandatory subjectPursue B.F. A or B.SC/B. A Animation and Graphics for 3 - 4 yearsStudy Abroad and Pursue Masters in Fine Arts for 1-2 years-

Important Facts

  • The candidate must have secured minimum 50% in class XII.
  • For a graduation in Fine Arts, it is a mandatory subject in class XII.
  • Practical, industrial experience is a must.

Leading Institutes

Top Institutes in India to Become a Cartoonist
College Location Website
College of Arts New Delhi www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/Lib_Collegeofart/collegeofarts/home
Jamia Milia Islamia New Delhi www.jmi.ac.in/ffa
Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art Mumbai www.jjiaa.org/home.htm
University of Bombay Mumbai www.archive.mu.ac.in/courses/Fine%20Art.pdf
Arena Animation Academy New Delhi www.arena-multimedia.com/index.aspx
Visva-Bharati West Bengal www.visvabharati.ac.in
Indian Institute of Cartoonists Bangalore www.cartoonistsindia.com
Toonz Animation India Private Limited Thiruvananthapuram www.toonz.co
Faculty of Fine Arts Vadodara www.msubaroda.ac.in/faculty.php?action=home&fac_id=9
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) New Delhi www.maacindia.com
Top Institutes in the World to Become a Cartoonist
Institution Location Website
California Institute of Arts USA www.calarts.edu
Maryland Institute College of Arts USA www.mica.edu
Yale University School of Arts USA www.art.yale.edu/Courses
University Of Melbourne Australia www.coursesearch.unimelb.edu.au/undergrad/1787-bachelor-of-fine-arts
Paris College of Arts Paris www.paris.edu/programs/undergraduate-programs
Vermont College of Fine Arts USA www.vcfa.edu

Work Description

  • Combine art and innovation to create humorous characters that depict a story
  • Use simple paper, pen/pencil or computer programmes for creation
  • Work for magazines, newspapers, publishing house to design cartoons and other art content
  • Specialise in comic strips, movie cartoons, political cartoons, cartoons for children, etc
  • Be aware of colour schemes and combinations for the cartoons to look attractive
  • Design cartoons keeping in mind the target audience
  • Take feedback to make necessary editions in the designs developed

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Cartoonist

Pros
  • A career as a cartoonist will give you freedom to express your thoughts through your creation.
  • You can work as a freelance.
  • The field will allow you to gain popularity over time.
Cons
  • It is a very competitive field and success rate can be low.
  • The beginning pay can be low.
  • Working hours can be irregular.
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