Although the definition has changed over time, the word ‘cartoon’ refers to a type of two-dimensional illustration which is usually animated. The concept of a cartoon has been around since the Middle Ages, however, during this time a cartoon was characterised as a full-scale piece of art, such as a painting, tapestry or stained glass window.
During the nineteenth and twentieth century, the term ‘cartoon’ came to refer to humorous, non-realistic illustrations which were often displayed in magazines, newspapers, comics and animated films.
Cartoons are often aimed at children and can often be seen in animated films and television shows with the use of anthropomorphized animals and fantasy characters. However, cartoons are always great ways to communicate more serious subject matters in a funny, light hearted manner as they are a great way to convey a lot of information without the use of words.
Cartoon art is similar to caricatures in the sense that they are intended to be humorous; however, the subjects tend to be less exaggerated and not as satirical.
Cartoons can be used for a wide range of projects, including:
- Educational textbooks
- Comic books
- Animated films/television
- Branding tools
- Children’s books
- News articles
Here at The Big Red Illustration Agency, we’ve got a selection of talented cartoonists for you to choose from. We have number of specialists for you to choose from, specialising in both cartoons and animations.
Alfonz is a self-taught illustrator who specialises in creating cartoons and animations.
If you’d like any help choosing from our highly talented cartoonists, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.