I was recently feeling low about my drawings, but then I received a comment on my Instagram account, “Your drawing made me smile.” These 5 simple words have instantly transformed how I felt about drawing.
Why do we draw? Because we have something to say, because we want to connect with people, because we have a smile to share.
One of the best ways to entertain your viewers is to draw kind and funny drawings. These are the drawings we want to see again and again.
In my previous post I looked at drawings that evoke emotion. In this post I will explore funny drawings, and how to achieve really good drawing results with humour.
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5 Ways to Make Drawings Funny
- Use puns and wordplay. This is a classic way to receive a smile. Does this look familiar?
- Exaggerate what is already funny. For example, an elephant has a long nose and a giraffe has a very long neck. Can these be used in a funny way? Below I show funny examples of both of these.
- Illustrate annoying experienced that we can all relate to. Reluctant (read “slow and rude”) bank tellers? Mosquitos? Traffic jams?
If you feel your blood pressure rising (I do!), have a laugh at this drawing by Matt Golding.
- Draw mischief. I can fill a book with funny mischievous things that my 2-year-old does. And think of the wit and mischief of a little mouse Jerry from the Tom and Jerry Show. It’s hilarious!
- Create a surprising outcome by misleading the mind.
These are just some ideas to get started. Look at lots of funny drawings by people you admire. I find newspaper cartoons to be a good source of effective illustrated humour. I don’t particularly seek political cartoon genre, but I look at HOW the artists make the drawings funny. How do they find that golden thread of humour in everyday life.
Stay open and observant in your everyday life, and you will see lots funny situations! When you come across one, take a note of it in a little diary or your phone (I use the Evernote app). Soon you will have plenty of funny material to use in your drawings. :)
Funny Drawings by Three Artists That Nailed It
Here are three artists that I admire for their ability to make people laugh.
1. John Potter
John Potter spent years as the newsroom artist for the Billings Gazette in Montana, USA. He is now a traditional landscape artist, but his cartooning skills are admirable. Here is his take on the excuses that artists use (and how not to need them).
2. Shannon Wheeler
Shannon Wheeler is an illustrator and cartoonist who appeared in the Onion newspaper and The New Yorker. He publishes a weekly comic at the Adhesive Comics website.
3. Matt Golding
Matt Golding is an Australian political cartoonist appearing in the Sunday Age newspaper and the Melbourne Times. He published a book called “Three-Second Thoughts”. Below are 3 pages from his book.
My Personal Efforts at Funny Drawings
Here is what I came up with for this week’s drawings, based on the research you see above, and a few quiet minutes of thinking after getting my son to bed. It’s amazing what 5 minutes of silence can uncover! :D
Materials I Used This WeekDisclosure: the Amazon links below are affiliate links. This means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will make a small commission, at no expense to you. I only link to materials and resources that I love and use myself. It's my way of keeping this blog ad-free :)
- Copic Multiliner pen, black, size 0.3
- Micron Graphic pen, black, size 1
- Tombow Dual Brush pen, black
- Vellum Surface drawing paper
Drawing Time Diary
Mon, April 24: 15 mins
Tues, April 25: 30 mins, 1 hr
Wed, April 26: 1 hr, 45 mins, 1 hr 15 mins
Thur, April 27: 1 hr, 1 hr 30 mins
Fri, April 28: 30 mins
Sat, April 29: 1 hr
Sun, April 30: no drawing (blogging)
Total drawing time: 8 hours 45 mins
This is the final week of my 6-month drawing challenge. Yay for actually finishing it! Thank you for your support along the way, it’s what kept me going when going got hard. :)
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