• Hailey Gabron

Cartoon Times


Many cartoons utilize different artistic styles when determining how to create fantasy worlds and characters. Technology has allowed for the evolution of animation. Early cartoons featuring characters like Felix the Cat, Steamboat Willie and the Looney Tunes used stop-motion animation, which offered more creativity in video production. As time passed sound, colors and new graphics were added to cartoons to create the amazing productions that we often think of today.

In this week's daily drawing, I depicted many of the cartoons that made me hop out of the bed and run straight to the couch as a kid. The characters in this piece can be seen wreaking havoc to symbolize action and adventure within cartoons. To create movement and detail within the piece, I used colored pencils and a black, fine tip pen.

The idea that cartoons are only for children is inaccurate. Cartoons have been used in politics to express messages and create propaganda, oftentimes without a single word being spoken. Many cartoons teach lessons and life morals guiding kids to more sensible actions. Seemingly simplistic, cartoons are often layered with meaning, such as social critique, irony and adult humor. Despite this fact, I long for the days when I could wake up late on a Sunday morning, eat cold pizza from the night before and take in the newest episodes of “Scooby-Doo,” “Avatar” and “Tom and Jerry.” There is a universal appeal of cartoons. Their colorful, animated and jovial platform often simplifies life: good vs evil, black vs white. In a world that is full of grey areas, having this simplicity is a welcome change. While it is important to recognize the social climate that exists, turning off the often too violent and depressing news and instead tuning into Tom as he plots to catch Jerry is a welcome relief.