Friday, January 9, 2009

Drawing the News - Editorial Cartooning

Talk about a tough field to break into. There are only about 80 editorial cartoonists who have full-time jobs in the whole country. Most of those are on the staff of a major newspaper. The rest do occassional cartoons and fill in with other illustration, drawing and cartooning work. Some are syndicated so their work appears in several papers across the country.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonist (AAEC) has a great website with videos of top editorial cartoonists talking about the field, their work and sometimes doing demonstrations. Your students can see videos of cartoonists creating drawings of Uncle Sam, Barack Obama, etc.

I'm looking forward to seeing how editorial cartoonists will draw Barack Obama. Big ears, short hair, narrow face, broad forehead, prominent eyebrows, distinctive mouth, large teeth - see if your students can draw him. Students should be able to recognize the styles of some cartoonists who can really draw well - Oliphant, Joe Heller, David Horsey, Mike Luckovich, etc. They can also learn about older cartoonists like Thomas Nast who influenced politics in their day. Check out editorial cartoonists who have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Click on the heading above to go to the AAEC website and see some great videos.
Another great site is Gary Cagle's at

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