How to Draw Cartoons > Keep your cartoons simple

One of the secrets of good cartooning is simplicity. People look at funny pictures for a chuckle, and should not be sidetracked by a lot of unnecessary detail.

Take a hand, for example:

This interesting appendage is composed of innumerable bones, phalanges, metacarpals, etc., etc., all of which are very vital and we're grateful for each and every.

But for cartooning, all you have to know is that the average hand has five fingers except on leap years when there can be three or six.

Hands can be drawn this way and the medical profession can call a doctor if they don't like:

This page should come in handy, eh? Ouch!

Feet may be complicated to chiropodists - but not to us:

You may get a kick out of drawing these... Ouch again.

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