Career as an Animal Cartoonist
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1. WHAT IS AN ANIMAL cartoonist?
Animal Cartoonists create animated drawings of animals for different sectors, such as newspapers, books, TV and film. Drawing cartoons is all about the talent and passion for drawing.
2. WHAT DO THEY DO?
Art & Design
The primary focus of Animal Cartoonists is to draw animated cartoons (either a single drawing, or a series of drawings) for clients. Sometimes cartoons will consist of just one picture, while others will consist of several pictures. This type of cartoon is often referred to as a comic strip. A very long series of cartoons is often referred to as a graphic novel.
Where they work:
Animal Cartoonists normally work indoors in a design studio or office setup. They do also spend some time in the outdoors, studying the animals they need to draw.
Places of Employment -
Most Animal Cartoonists work privately, under contract for various clients. They can also be employed by newspapers, TV and film production houses, comic book designers, and website designers.
As most animal cartoonists are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $45,000. This will differ from country to country.
The most difficult part is always to get your cartoons seen by future clients. For this a lot of cartoonists need to be well versed in the setup and use of social media. Animal Cartoonists may work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.
Future growth and Possibilities:
Depending on how talented or successful cartoonists are, their cartoons or comic strips may get syndicated, meaning that they will regularly appear in a certain publication. The growth of syndicated cartoonists is slow (around 3% per year) with a lot of competition, although the market in digital (online) cartooning has definitely shown a very good growth.
3. WHICH SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
The skills required for a career as an animal cartoonist can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
4. WHICH SUBJECTS MUST I HAVE AT SCHOOL?
These subjects are recommended to help start a career as an Animal Cartoonist:
These subjects are the ones recognized around the world. The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it's also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
5. WHAT WILL I NEED TO STUDY?
To become an Animal Cartoonist doesn't require formal training, but many do go on to study a Bachelor's or Associated Degree in visual arts, English, or communications to perfect their skills. Short Courses are essential, especially when you do make use of computer software to draw and render your drawings.
A good background in drawing is essential, so be sure to perfect your doodling and sketching skills. The drawing and coloring aspect of cartoons can be done by hand or with specific software.
The duration of College and Bachelor's Degrees can be up to 3 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths:
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it's important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
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