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Cartoon drawing

From comic strips to animation, cartoon drawings are often used to convey satire, caricature, or humour. The meaning of the word has evolved throughout the centuries. It can be traced back to as early as the Middle Ages, where it was used to refer to preparatory drawings for artworks such as paintings, frescos, tapestries… The word came from the Italian cartone, meaning a large sheet of paper. Famous Renaissance masters such as Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael employed this practice to prepare their masterpieces, and today these cartoons are highly prized.

However, the meaning of the cartoon as we know it today came about in the 1780s. Illustrations started to be used to criticise society and politics, with many cartoons focusing on caricatures. The political tensions at the end of the eighteenth century also meant that cartoons became, in some cases, an act of resistance against oppression. With the rise of print media in the early 1800s, social and political satire blossomed, offering humorous and keen observations on current fashions and scandals. Many satirical magazines were launched in Western Europe, such as the famous British Punch, or Le Charivari in France. These political cartoons overtly criticised greedy governments and were often censored. 

In the late 19th century, the first newspaper comic strips appeared in the United States. Written and drawn by comics artists or cartoonists, they started off as humorous small stories (notably with the “gag-a-day" genre), and developed to feature adventure tales, like Popeye, Tarzan, and The Adventures of Tintin. Finally, a new meaning of cartoons emerged along with the development of film technologies in the first half of the 20th century: animated cartoons, especially in the wake of Walt Disney's success. Thanks to his creative genius, Disney characters including cartoon animals like Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck and princesses such as Snow White became mainstays of our pop culture such as. Asian countries, particularly Japan, also developed the art of cartoon with manga and anime. Japanese kawaii chibi (cute little person), characterised by their expressive cartoon eyes and funny facial expressions, have invaded the Western pop culture. 

Today, many contemporary artists armed with their pens, crayons, pencils and erasers are inspired by the cartoon pop culture, such as Smurfo Udirty, a Brooklyn-based illustrator. He creates vibrant illustrations using pen and ink and represents recognisable cartoons characters from Scooby Doo, Bart Simpson, Pikachu, or the Powerpuff girls.

In Artsper's selection, learn about the drawings techniques and different styles of sketches, doodles, and funny cartoons produced by emerging contemporary artists. You could even use these artworks to channel your inner cartoonist and get inspired to learn how to draw cartoon characters yourself! 

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Patricia Gadisseur, Top Gun, Drawing

Patricia Gadisseur

Top Gun, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$927

Erró, Urban Chaos, Painting

Erró

Urban Chaos, 2008
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,708

Sandra Chevrier, La cage où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$927

John Matos Crash, Penguin from Batman and Robin, Drawing

John Matos Crash

Penguin from Batman and Robin, 2003
41 x 29 inch
Drawing

$3,950

Homek, Kraft 013, Drawing

Homek

Kraft 013, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$348

Alain Bertrand, Nose Art - Ignition Special, Painting

Alain Bertrand

Nose Art - Ignition Special, 2014
47.2 x 43.3 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$6,953

Ron English, Homer Simpson, Print

Ron English

Homer Simpson, 2011
34 x 34 x 0.2 inch
Print

$1,738

David Karsenty, Love So Cult, Drawing

David Karsenty

Love So Cult, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$446

Vuk Vidor, Mash #33, Drawing

Vuk Vidor

Mash #33, 2009
59.1 x 43.3 inch
Drawing

$4,635

Enigme09, Liberté d'expression, Drawing

Enigme09

Liberté d'expression, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$348

Mister Tucks, Temple Trasher, Print

Mister Tucks

Temple Trasher, 2016
11.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$290

Aurélie de la Cadière, C'est quand la pause, Painting

Aurélie de la Cadière

C'est quand la pause, 2017
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,635

Zosen, Cartoon Riots, Painting

Zosen

Cartoon Riots, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$1,796

Patricia Gadisseur, To Manhatan, Painting

Patricia Gadisseur

To Manhatan, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$753

Rico Sab, So Hype... Yeah, Painting

Rico Sab

So Hype... Yeah, 2018
39.4 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,275

Fat, Donald street art, Sculpture

Fat

Donald street art, 2019
20.1 x 14.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,549

PyB, Mickey Warhol bis replay, Painting

PyB

Mickey Warhol bis replay, 2017
13 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$209

PyB, Girl and sun Lichtenstein replay, Painting

PyB

Girl and sun Lichtenstein replay, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$174

Homek, Elysée, Painting

Homek

Elysée, 2019
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,318

Elmago, Game of Trump, Painting

Elmago

Game of Trump, 2016
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,867

Didier Gomez, Born under the Brixton sun (diptyque), Painting

Didier Gomez

Born under the Brixton sun (diptyque), 2017
55.1 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,449

Alain Bertrand, Nose Art - Sky Sheriff, Painting

Alain Bertrand

Nose Art - Sky Sheriff, 2014
47.2 x 43.3 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$6,953

Marabout, L'enlèvement de la poule aux oeufs d'or, Print

Marabout

L'enlèvement de la poule aux oeufs d'or, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$2,318

Didier Gomez, Good vibration, Painting

Didier Gomez

Good vibration, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$348

Nathalie Molla, Fan, Painting

Nathalie Molla

Fan, 2019
12.6 x 9.8 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$1,136

Claire D., Game over, Painting

Claire D.

Game over, 2014
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,738

Noty Aroz, Reverse Tribute to Matt Groening, Print

Noty Aroz

Reverse Tribute to Matt Groening, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$348

Marina Jolivet, Arrête de m'appeler poussinet maman !, Painting

Marina Jolivet

Arrête de m'appeler poussinet maman !, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$93

Levalet & Zenoy, Pandore, Print

Levalet & Zenoy

Pandore, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$579

Nadel, Cartoon city, Painting

Nadel

Cartoon city, 2018
15 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$566

Philippe Sainte Fauste, Cool Man, Drawing

Philippe Sainte Fauste

Cool Man, 2018
3 x 6.3 x 0 inch
Drawing

$290

Smurfo Udirty, Organized Chaos In LA, Drawing

Smurfo Udirty

Organized Chaos In LA, 2018
11 x 8.5 inch
Drawing

$125

Laurina Paperina, Spamming Superheroes, Drawing

Laurina Paperina

Spamming Superheroes, 2016
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Drawing

$3,361

Jeannette Guichard-Bunel, Tu viens mon canard , Painting

Jeannette Guichard-Bunel

Tu viens mon canard , 2013
25.6 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,013

Alvin Silvrants, Bra Mickey, Painting

Alvin Silvrants

Bra Mickey, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$887 $1,043

Philippe Sainte Fauste, Super Mario First, Drawing

Philippe Sainte Fauste

Super Mario First, 2018
3 x 6.3 x 0 inch
Drawing

$290

Jeannette Guichard-Bunel, Bingo, Painting

Jeannette Guichard-Bunel

Bingo, 2013
28.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,245

Alvin Silvrants, Catch à génie, Painting

Alvin Silvrants

Catch à génie, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$1,066 $1,333

Jimmy Yoshimura, Bee, Painting

Jimmy Yoshimura

Bee, 2009
78.7 x 63 x 2 inch
Painting

$9,271

Jimmy Yoshimura, Piercing, Painting

Jimmy Yoshimura

Piercing, 2009
76.8 x 51.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$7,301

Garth Bowden, Tribal Mickey, Drawing

Garth Bowden

Tribal Mickey, 2018
25.2 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,333

Mister Tucks, Memorial, Print

Mister Tucks

Memorial, 2016
11.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$290

Eszter Kores, As in Tate, Painting

Eszter Kores

As in Tate, 2013
23.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,391

Aurélie de la Cadière, La biodiversiquoi, Painting

Aurélie de la Cadière

La biodiversiquoi, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,635

Benjamin SPaRK, Tribute To Basquiat, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

Tribute To Basquiat, 2016
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations Benjamin SPaRK, Beaucoup de bruit pour rien, Drawing

Benjamin SPaRK

Beaucoup de bruit pour rien, 2014
23.6 x 28.7 inch
Drawing

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Eskos, Joe Dalton, Painting

Eskos

Joe Dalton, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Benjamin SPaRK, Sans titre 05-2, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

Sans titre 05-2, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Painting

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Eskos, Titi the hipster, Painting

Eskos

Titi the hipster, 2017
16.1 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Martin, Picsou, Painting

Martin

Picsou, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Martin, Mickey II, Painting

Martin

Mickey II, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Claire D., Têtu, Painting

Claire D.

Têtu, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Alexandre de Poplavsky, Fake Love, Painting

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Fake Love, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Toei Animation, Krilin, Drawing

Toei Animation

Krilin, 1997
9.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

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Marc Ferrero, Lipstick / rouge, Painting

Marc Ferrero

Lipstick / rouge, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Smurfo Udirty, 33 Degree Club, Drawing

Smurfo Udirty

33 Degree Club, 2017
11 x 8.5 inch
Drawing

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Eszter Kores, Hands on Nice, Painting

Eszter Kores

Hands on Nice, 2015
22 x 22 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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John Love, Spiderman Shit, Print

John Love

Spiderman Shit, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Print

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John Love, Superman money bitch, Print

John Love

Superman money bitch, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Print

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