An angry cartoon boss has all sorts of uses, most of which won’t get you fired. I don’t have many cartoon people for sale in my microstock catalogs. I prefer drawing animals but every once in awhile a person can be a fun subject. This cartoon boss has what I call, potato fists. The hands are intentionally larger than the limbs they’re attached to, and round in shape. This irregular sizing helps to give the character a comical stance. This comical stance helps to soften some of his anger, which helps to make him a more appealing character overall.
This cartoon dragon is one of my first microstock characters. I had high hopes for him, but unfortunately, he didn’t catch on as a favorite character, which happens sometimes. The microstock community is a competitive marketplace, and sometimes your favorite images just don’t sell. Ironically your least favorite images frequently do. I try to resist the urge to throw away or delete any finished designs because you never know for sure what will sell. It doesn’t hurt to put them up for sale, just be prepared for a long wait. The upside is that once an image is listed for sale, you can forget about it and move on to the next one.
For today’s post, I’ve reached way back to my earliest microstock and put up my first cartoon Christmas tree. Christmas is an enormously popular microstock category that sells surprisingly well year round. This 2D Christmas tree was designed to be a multi-version character, which means I have a variety of similar trees with different moods available for sale. These typically include, happy, grumpy and angry. The design of the tree remains the same, but the position of the arms and expression change from one version to the next. This use of the multi-version character can be a great time saver when designing. Happy Christmas!
Cartoon birds are an excellent subject matter for microstock. They come in such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, the options for character development are virtually limitless. This frantic bluebird is one my earliest microstock characters and one of my favorites, in spite of his low sales numbers. I have a couple of microstock chickens that share the same frantic design, and by contrast, those chickens have been consistent sellers. This taught me that having some microstock that can be edited to make several different unique characters not only reduces your overall workload but it increases your chance of making a sale. There may be a higher demand for cartoon chickens than cartoon bluebirds, but I still like this bit of flapping fury.
Sometimes a cartoon cat can also be silly holiday fun. I enjoy drawing cats and their quizzical expressions. Cats make great jesters and this holiday kitty is ready to make us laugh.
‘Tis the season for Cartoon Santa Claus. The lights are up, decorating has begun, and with that, there’s a need for Santa Claus cartoons. I haven’t drawn many people characters for sale as microstock but Santa Claus seemed like a must do for the holiday season. Recreating a character that is already so well known presents unique challenges. On the one hand, Santa Claus is a guaranteed sale at least once a year. On the other hand, everyone knows that so the market is already saturated with high-quality Santa Claus microstock. The challenge is to create a Santa that hasn’t been seen before. It can be something simple that sets him apart. This Santa Claus is sporting suspenders, not a typical look for Santa but one that I think suits him well.
This is one of the few cartoon fish I’ve drawn for sale as microstock. In my experience cartoon fish have never really been big sellers. Cats and dogs always do well, but fish seem to have far less mass appeal. I get it, not everyone has a use for a cartoon fish. Still, they’re fun to draw and the sheer variety to choose from means that the creative options are virtually limitless. I like to think that this blue-fish is dealing with a nasty bout of hiccups.
Cartoon Santa Dog is a semi-rare breed. I have a varied set of cartoon dogs available for sale in the microstock communities, among them are a few dogs wearing Santa hats. I’ve always enjoyed drawing cartoon dogs, and this cartoon Santa dog was no exception. His prominent, goofy expression, was inspired by the campy and colorful, Banana Splits, a 1970’s live-action/cartoon series. Cartoon Santa Dog’s design is meant to be exaggerated, verging on ridiculous. A look he carries off very well.
Cartoon pigs have always been favorite microstock images. They have a sympathetic vibe and a beautiful abstract shape that leaves the door open for lots of comic relief. This round little piggy is one of my first microstock pigs. I tried to capture a sweet but confused expression on this pigs face. Even though the original image is a few years old now, this pig still makes me smile.
Cartoon reindeer are by far my best selling holiday-themed microstock characters. My take on the reindeer has always been more comical than anatomically correct. Their long limbs and antlers leave the door wide open for comic silliness. This guy is decked out for the holidays and seems pretty excited to spread his brand of holiday cheer.