Profession cartoonist

Cartoonists draw people, objects, events, etc. in a comical or derogatory way. They exaggerate physical features and personality traits. Cartoonists also portray political, economic, cultural ans social events in a humoristic way.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic


  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.


  • Practice humour

    Share humourous expressions with audience, eliciting laughter, surprise, other emotions, or a combination thereof.

  • Analyse texts to be illustrated

    Analyse texts to be illustrated; researching and checking sources.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Interpret illustration needs

    Communicate with clients, editors and authors in order to interpret and fully understand their professional needs.

  • Create animated narratives

    Develop animated narrative sequences and story lines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.

  • Keep up with the news

    Follow the news and stay informed about what is happening in the area or country on a political, economic, cultural, and social level.

  • Maintain an artistic portfolio

    Maintain portfolios of artistic work to show styles, interests, abilities and realisations.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Select illustration styles

    Select the appropriate style, medium, and techniques of illustration in line with the needs of the project and client's requests.

  • Consult with editor

    Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Create sketches

    Draw sketches to prepare for a drawing or as a standalone artistic technique.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

Optional knowledge and skills

use digital illustration techniques ict software specifications create original drawings apply desktop publishing techniques design graphics create 2d painting desktop publishing multimedia systems write captions use cad software perform image editing use traditional illustration techniques

Common job titles

  • Cartoonist/graphic design freelancer
  • Director, art - mad
  • Illustrator/cartoonist
  • Director, franchise animation
  • Jmc-cartoonist
  • Graphic & visual designer
  • Autocad landscape designer
  • Jmc-opinion editor
  • 2017-2018 student newspaper non-fws staff position
  • 2017-2018 student newspaper fws staff position