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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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Jean Cocteau, La Sanfiliste, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Cocteau

La Sanfiliste, 1936
10 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$8,155

Caroline Veith, L'été indien, Fine Art Drawings

Caroline Veith

L'été indien, 2016
31.5 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,513

Revolt, Rolling Thunder-SG, Fine Art Drawings

Revolt

Rolling Thunder-SG, 2011
11 x 8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$753

André Robillard, L'océan pacifique indien, Fine Art Drawings

André Robillard

L'océan pacifique indien, 2015
7.9 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,631

Mohamed Lekleti, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Mohamed Lekleti

Untitled, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,509

Henri Wormser, The Hairstyle, Fine Art Drawings

Henri Wormser

The Hairstyle, 1950
9.4 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Léon Carré, Caricature de personne chat botté, Fine Art Drawings

Léon Carré

Caricature de personne chat botté, 1942
4.3 x 5.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$602

Luigi Bompard, Bourgeoisie, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Bompard

Bourgeoisie, 1905
11.2 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Michel Cadoret, Figures, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Cadoret

Figures, 1955
10.4 x 8.1 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$351

Arxlee, Les pyramides volantes, Fine Art Drawings

Arxlee

Les pyramides volantes, 2016
18.1 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,764

Our recommendations Erró, Melting Pot, Fine Art Drawings

Erró

Melting Pot, 2001
10.6 x 7.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,844

Laurina Paperina, Man in a Bowler Hat vs Pigeon, Fine Art Drawings

Laurina Paperina

Man in a Bowler Hat vs Pigeon, 2017
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,129 $1,255

George Grosz, Without Results, Fine Art Drawings

George Grosz

Without Results, 1925
25.6 x 20.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$47,673

Renato Paresce, Study for the Painting "Paesaggio Marino", Fine Art Drawings

Renato Paresce

Study for the Painting "Paesaggio Marino", 1930
6.9 x 4.1 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,133

Francesco Cangiullo, Portrait of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Fine Art Drawings

Francesco Cangiullo

Portrait of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, 1950
26 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$9,409

Lucio Forte, Place de l'Etoile, Fine Art Drawings

Lucio Forte

Place de l'Etoile, 2020
8.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$107

Mark Brooks, Uncanny X-Force, Fine Art Drawings

Mark Brooks

Uncanny X-Force, 2011
16.9 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,258

Mike McKone, Amazing Spiderman, Fine Art Drawings

Mike McKone

Amazing Spiderman, 2008
17.3 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,760

Our recommendations JP Malot, Yo! Mickey Pow & Arrows!, Fine Art Drawings

JP Malot

Yo! Mickey Pow & Arrows!, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Dimitri Jelezky, Portrait, Fine Art Drawings

Dimitri Jelezky

Portrait, 2020
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$163

Our recommendations Michaël Brack, Alice et la chenille, Fine Art Drawings

Michaël Brack

Alice et la chenille, 2008
16.5 x 11.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$527

Shadee K, Espagne, Fine Art Drawings

Shadee K

Espagne, 2018
2.8 x 5.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$124

Matthieu Ribo, DFWM#04, Fine Art Drawings

Matthieu Ribo

DFWM#04, 2018
15.4 x 11.4 x 0.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$226 $376

Pascal Marlin, Personnage, Fine Art Drawings

Pascal Marlin

Personnage, 2008
12.2 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Manitoba, Sérénade, Fine Art Drawings

Manitoba

Sérénade, 2017
13.8 x 10.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$314

Miquel Wert, Kick off, Fine Art Drawings

Miquel Wert

Kick off, 2017
3.9 x 3.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$251

Tatiana Samoïlova, Couple, Cirque, Fine Art Drawings

Tatiana Samoïlova

Couple, Cirque, 2019
26.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,004

Elia Pagliarino, Les Veilleurs de Nuit, Fine Art Drawings

Elia Pagliarino

Les Veilleurs de Nuit, 2016
58.7 x 38.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,767

Otto Schade, Ribboned Pink Panther, Fine Art Drawings

Otto Schade

Ribboned Pink Panther, 2020
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Bohdan Butenko, Cats, Fine Art Drawings

Bohdan Butenko

Cats, 1980
10.6 x 15.2 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,133

Glenn Varez, The three spoons, Fine Art Drawings

Glenn Varez

The three spoons, 2020
9.4 x 12.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$539

Yann Lazoo, Malka family, Fine Art Drawings

Yann Lazoo

Malka family, 1992
17.3 x 12.6 x 0.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,505

Our recommendations Nicolas Rubinstein, Mickey is also a rat, Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Rubinstein

Mickey is also a rat, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,882

Arwin Hidayat, Pasangan Hidup (framed, art glass), Fine Art Drawings

Arwin Hidayat

Pasangan Hidup (framed, art glass), 2013
15 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,098

Xavier Deluc, Cap vers les étoiles, Fine Art Drawings

Xavier Deluc

Cap vers les étoiles, 2018
9.1 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$376

Phil Jarvis, Aachen, Fine Art Drawings

Phil Jarvis

Aachen, 2016
17 x 14 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$439

Mahmoodkhan, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Mahmoodkhan

Untitled, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,133

Garth Bowden, Tribal Mickey, Fine Art Drawings

Garth Bowden

Tribal Mickey, 2018
25.2 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,731

Jan Sumiga, The girl with matches, Fine Art Drawings

Jan Sumiga

The girl with matches, 1996
9.4 x 7.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$878

Nadine Van Der Straeten, Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 64, Fine Art Drawings

Nadine Van Der Straeten

Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 64, 2017
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$615

Gustavo Lins, Impair, Fine Art Drawings

Gustavo Lins

Impair, 2018
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Yann Paolozzi, Bad Boy, Fine Art Drawings

Yann Paolozzi

Bad Boy, 2015
26 x 20.1 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,509

Fabrice Montignier, Le Voyeur / Peeping Tom d'après le film de Michael Powell (1960), Fine Art Drawings

Fabrice Montignier

Le Voyeur / Peeping Tom d'après le film de Michael Powell (1960), 2012
14.6 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$489

Globuline, The king, Fine Art Drawings

Globuline

The king, 2015
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,631

Giuseppina Caci, Bloody, Fine Art Drawings

Giuseppina Caci

Bloody, 2012
15.7 x 10.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$941

Vida Mehri, Aunt Cockroach 1/4, Fine Art Drawings

Vida Mehri

Aunt Cockroach 1/4, 2013
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$489

Maryse-Anne Couteau, L'enfant à la coque, Fine Art Drawings

Maryse-Anne Couteau

L'enfant à la coque, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,136

Ghaylan Safadi, Untitled 5, Fine Art Drawings

Ghaylan Safadi

Untitled 5, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$700

Renaud  Bargues, Salope, Fine Art Drawings

Renaud Bargues

Salope, 2013
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,458

Our recommendations Abdelkader Benchamma, Sculpture (Grillages), Fine Art Drawings

Abdelkader Benchamma

Sculpture (Grillages), 2017
51.2 x 37.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$7,287

Pascal Doury, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Pascal Doury

Sans titre, 1978
7.7 x 11.4 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,756

Paul Beausoleil, Sans titre au chien, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Beausoleil

Sans titre au chien, 2014
29.5 x 41.3 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,133

Jeantimir, Les Jaguars ont gagné le rallye de Monte Carlo, Fine Art Drawings

Jeantimir

Les Jaguars ont gagné le rallye de Monte Carlo, 1981
12.6 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,509

Donald Mitchell, Tiim, Fine Art Drawings

Donald Mitchell

Tiim, 2016
22.8 x 15.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,007

Chuanming Yang, Chimère d'homme et de serpent, Fine Art Drawings

Chuanming Yang

Chimère d'homme et de serpent, 2015
15 x 20.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,066

Dominique Théate, Barbarella beauté barbue, Fine Art Drawings

Dominique Théate

Barbarella beauté barbue, 2015
25.2 x 35.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,760

Shiva Shaffii, Voyage onirique, Fine Art Drawings

Shiva Shaffii

Voyage onirique, 2015
48.8 x 33.1 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,756

Andy Rementer, Les Marais, Fine Art Drawings

Andy Rementer

Les Marais, 2018
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,694

Jacob Hiley, Narcissus Hesitated, Fine Art Drawings

Jacob Hiley

Narcissus Hesitated, 2017
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$627

Jean-Claude Morchoisne, Arnaud Montebourg, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Claude Morchoisne

Arnaud Montebourg, 2016
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$276

Óscar Seco, Dibujo-1, Fine Art Drawings

Óscar Seco

Dibujo-1, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Cost., Flying Factories, Fine Art Drawings

Cost.

Flying Factories, 2017
25.2 x 17.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,255

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Saynète 33 - Couper le cordon, Fine Art Drawings

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Saynète 33 - Couper le cordon, 2016
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$753

Caroline Veith, Vivement demain !, Fine Art Drawings

Caroline Veith

Vivement demain !, 2016
31.5 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,513

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