Getting Started
By Chris Francis
        Right...let's get started with a little warm up.  The most important thing you need to do when you start drawing, is to warm up your hands and arms.  If I had it my way, I would make you do some arm rotations, some finger exercises and a few jumping jacks, but I can't imagine you doing that without me breathing down your neck.  So, let's comprimise and do some quick drawing warm ups.

The key to creating a cartoon character (or any kind of picture) is to use shapes.  It is always good to start off drawing some of the basic shapes just to get your motor skills functioning again. 

Let's get some old scrap paper and do some CIRCLES:
                               It doesn't exactly look pretty, but it's just 
                                                                      like doing some stretches before you 
                                                                      go for a run, or playing scales on the 
                                                                      piano before you play your piece, or 
                                                                      eating an appetizer before dinner....okay
                                                                      I won't go on.  You get the idea.

Let's do some Squares:


Now for some Triangles: 

And if you're really in a good mood,
 try some challenging Stars: 
(Hopefully you can do some better ones than the ones I did!)
Notice I'm drawing these on the back 
used paper!  You don't need to waste                                                                                 your good paper for this.   Save those                                                                                trees!