Whiteboard Animation Cartoon Drawing Styles
When you’re beginning a whiteboard animation project, one of the first things you may wonder is which cartoon style is appropriate for your particular project. There are a few options to choose from, but the ones we will be talking about on here is:
- Exaggerated – Political Cartoon
- Exaggerated – Stylized
- Realistic/Graphic Novel
Exaggerated – Political Cartoon
One of the first things people think about when you say “cartoon” is the old Disney film or Looney Tune animations. These cartoon characters are intended to be over-the-top exaggerations of real-life. These larger-than-life characters crank up the drama and entertainment for the viewer and can be very funny to watch. Phrases that pop into the head when watching this style are things like “laugh at me” and “isn’t this ridiculous.” While these are entertaining and funny, if the subject matter is over a sensitive topic this could be viewed as rude or offensive. But if you want to bring the comedy and induce a response from the viewer and you’re not afraid to offend, then this is the style for you.
Exaggerated – Stylized
Today, many of the cartoons are stylized, meaning a lot of attention has been paid to detail. One of the main differences between this style and the political cartoon is these have been rendered to have a serious tone to them. These characters are intended to be an exaggeration of real-life for dramatic purposes and to pull on the heart strings of the viewer. These act like puppets or modern day paintings and touch the subconscious of the viewer and take them to an emotional place. While these are great for the drama and emotion produced, sometimes attention can be drawn to the art and away from the message. But if you want to stir emotions and you think your audience would appreciate some good art, then this is the style for you.
Whiteboard Animation Safe-Cartoon
This particular cartoon style takes the exaggeration out of the character and suits the name, making it a safe bet. This is commonly used in corporate animations because it doesn’t offend or distract from the message. While this is not the most entertaining choice, the goal may be to just get the company message across. These can be interesting, although a safe and simple choice, so it’s great to show decision makers who may get easily offended. If your message is focused on a concept rather than its characters, then this is the right one for you.
Much like safe-cartoon, comic-book/realistic-stylized is also a safe bet. The only main difference of this style is this is a little more life-like and realistic. This is great for being classy and real, but still a simple choice. If you have several decision makers and your message is about human characters, then this style is right for you.
Realism is another safe bet and is the absolute closest you can get without filming someone or group of people. Some may ask why not just film it? This style allows you to add more art to the animation. The only drawback is if you’re not careful, you can drain a budget tweaking minor details such as background items, hair, fashion, cell phones, etc. So while this style can look extremely real, be careful not to get lost in the abyss of minor details. If your project is about real-life situations with real human characters and you can stay focused and not get lost in the details, then this style would be perfect for you.