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!
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.
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.
North American football is going strong at this time of year. There are crispy fall days and plenty of games on TV to keep us engaged as the days get shorter. I have a small collection of cartoon football players available for sale in the microstock community. Capturing just the right moment or expression in the pose or on the face of a player can really make or break a character.
Cartoon birds, especially cartoon chickens are among my best sellers in the microstock community. There’s something about a chicken that makes a great character. I don’t know if it’s the scruffy bodies or the floppy head bits, but for whatever reason, they lend themselves well to pen and tablet.
This chicken is one of the taller breeds of barnyard fowl. With stripey legs and scruffy feathers, I can’t help but smile when I see that blank expression.
When it comes to drawing cartoons, cats are a common subject. This is especially true in the microstock communities. I’ve always enjoyed drawing cats, they have a unique take on life and capturing just the right expression can make a drawing come to life. This feline is a recent addition to my already well-stocked collection of cartoon cats. His unimpressed expression makes him one of my favorites.