Course Intro

Welcome to my Intro To Cartooning course! I am Bre Tobias and I will be your instructor throughout this class. I have gained my experience as a cartoon artist and illustrator through various methods. I began as a self taught artist and later started taking educational art courses throughout primary school and college. I have worked for over a decade as an art instructor to predominately younger children so I have a vast knowledge of drawing what children love, which is cartoons. I have also gained a lot of my techniques through a large library of drawing books I have owned over the years as well as learning from artists who teach art techniques through online instructional videos.

The course will be broken down into three main sections: The Head, The Body and the Backgrounds. Each section will have various lectures within them. The first three lectures of the section for drawing the head will be discussions explaining some definitions and techniques to prepare you for the drawing segments of the course. Each one is not very long but they all have some very important information in them that I will be discussing through out the entire course so please do not skip them.


For this course we will need to gather some supplies. This course is broken down into drawing, inking and coloring so I will be listing all of the supplies needed for every section so you can choose which you would like to use in your drawings.

Supply List

Pencils - H, 2H, B these pencils are great for drawing. The H and 2H are both a lighter harder lead great for sketching light fine lines. B pencils are great for darker lines and shading The higher number of a B pencil means it will be a much darker lead. For example, 2B or higher will be ideal for shading dark areas.

Erasers - I typically have been using pink erasers for larger areas and the simple pencil topper eraser heads for my drawing pencils. Over the years I have used many other erasers but I have been using these for the past 4 years. They are cheap and do not mark up your page. Other erasers that will work are the Tri tip, this is a white triangular eraser. Kneaded erasers are great as well, they are gummy and can be reshaped for larger and smallers to erase.

Black Sharpie - For coloring in large black areas

Fine Tip Pen - I prefer to use the Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, for outlining. I typically prefer the 05 tip and for heavier lines an 08 tip. Sharpie makes fine tip pens that are great for outlining as well.

Ruler - For drawing straight lines

Colored Pencils - I prefer to use Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils. They are a high end quality artist pencil great for blending and layering. Other brands that are fine to use are Sargeants, Faber-Castell, Crayola, etc.

Markers - For simple solid coloring, you can use Crayola, Sharpies, Sargeant or Pentel brands, and for a higher end marker, I recommend Prismacolor Markers or Copic however these two brands can run much higher. The higher end artist markers work well for larger areas because they do not leave streaks or look layered when you color with them like the cheaper brands tend to do.

Drawing Paper - Printer paper is great for sketching. Drawing paper such as Canson or Strathmore are great for finished drawings. White Cardstock can also work well, Basically you need a fairly thick paper that will work well with colored pencils and markers. For these drawings in the course, I actually just used white printer paper because I went through so many pieces. The Prismacolor and Sharpie markers worked well with this paper however, Sharpies tend to bleed through so lay down a scrap piece of paper under your drawing to protect your table surface.