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Developing Cartoon Characters

Students will learn how to develop cartoon characters through online cartooning exercises.


  • To learn how to create a simple cartoon character
  • To learn how to draw quick sketches that illustrate a character in motion.
  • To learn how to represent different types of characters based on their clothing/costume


  • Watch videos on cartooning - students follow along and draw the characters on the video.
  • Students will work through the cartooning exercises to learn various cartooning techniques. These exercises (from Robin Hall's book will be accessed from the class webpage so that students can work through them at their own pace.
  • This exercise is a preliminary step in the animation process in this class: 1.Cartooning + early animation devices 2.Story and Script writing 3.Storylines + storyboards 4.Character development/Model Sheets 5.Directed flipbooks 6.100 page flipbook (will become the first animated film) 7.Filming & Editing (add credits and sound) 8.Group films - Cutout animation, Object animation, Clay animation

Sunshine State Standards

  • VA.A.1.4.1
  • VA.A.1.4.2
  • VA.A.1.4.3
  • VA.A.1.4.4
  • VA.B.1.4.1

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services.
  • Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content-related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works.


  • Laptops
  • Internet
  • Class webpage
  • Pencil
  • Lined paper

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