Course Summary

Illustrator Sarah Howell delivers her popular cartoon drawing course online. Starting with a stick figure, learn how to draw faces, gestures and simple perspective drawing. Identify stylistic features of other cartoonists and find your own personal style.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email to register your interest.


Develop your basic techniques in drawing towards a style specifically for cartooning. An introduction to line, proportion and shading and various existing styles to consider in your own drawings. Develop technique and style and complete the course with a portfolio of cartoon drawings.

Week 1:

  • Face proportions
  • Facial expressions

Week 2:

  • Basic figure construction
  • Hands
  • Feet

Week 3:

  • Using drawing conventions such as negative space and perspective/foreshortening to create dynamic figures

Week 4:

  • Cartooning conventions such as speech balloons, sound effects, speed lines. Elements of a cartoon that are needed when dealing with the non-visual parts of the character’s world: sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, internal thoughts

Week 5:

  • The final session pulls it all together to create a character concept drawing.

About Illustrator Sarah Howell

Sarah Howell is an illustrator of cartoons and comics and mentors others in how to create their own personalised comics. She is Co-Founder of Squishface Comic Studio, a collective of comic creators and illustrators; Co-Presenter of Triple R radio’s Graphic Nature; and she is on the Homecooked Comics Festival Steering Committee (after 4 years as Festival Director).


Please ensure you have the following materials for the first session:

2B, B or HB pencil



A3 Sketchpad

0.1mm ink pens.

Further materials will be advised as course progresses. Materials cost will be approximately $30

Last updated: May 27, 2020 12:51pm