A career as a cartoonist might just be the one for you

  • Proyashi Barua, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 16:18 IST

Are you an ardent observer of life and its idiosyncrasies? Do you find humour in every situation and love to remind people about this beautiful fact of life? And, most importantly, is sketching your medium of expression? If yes, a career as a cartoonist might just be the one for you.

Creativity and imagination are indispensable attributes of a cartoonist. This is because most characters and scenes in most cartoons are not real. Instead, most features are exaggerated, and often each drawing exhibits an element of humour.

Technically, there are no strict education requirements for a career in cartooning. However, gifted artists may take a few courses in drawing or illustration in order to hone their skills.

A majority of cartoonists are freelancers and contribute to print and digital publications. Subject to talent and experience, cartoonists can get their comic strips syndicated. This means their work can appear in newspapers every day.

High demand
Storyboard cartoonists are much in demand. Typically, a storyboard cartoonist interprets a script and draws pictures to represent scenes. This helps animators and directors to see how a story should develop

Rs. I take home
Cartoonists who create storyboards are often hired by small and large production studios and can earn Rs. 15,000 on an average, which only goes up with experience

I love my job becouse
It’s all about applying creative thought to life situations. It makes one approach life in a positive manner and makes one a better person

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