Thanksgiving is coming soon, so before the tryptophan sets in, we're going to draw a cartoon turkey! Just follow the 8 easy steps below and you'll soon have a great gobbler to call your own!
When you're finished, feel free to tweet, pin, email or otherwise share a pic of your cartoon turkey with me and I'll post it over at Pinterest! And if you'd like to grab the tutorial and post it on your own blog or website, you're more than welcome to. (A link back would be appreciated.) Enjoy:
Easy, right? You should try out my other how-to-draw tutorials too:
Feel free to check out my Thanksgiving cartoons too!
Turkey day is coming soon, so, to get you in the mood, here's a veritable feast of Thanksgiving cartoons!
I don't think I've done any First Thanksgiving cartoons before, and once I began drawing it I knew why. You have to draw your pilgrims, your Native Americans, a table & chairs, a cabin, a forest, turkeys... Sheesh!
More thought than you'd assume went into the text for the sign in this cartoon. I'd considered, and actually had another cartoon recommend "Because, unlike your rmother, you can't cook," but I like the one-two punch of putting "unlike your mother" at the end.
Nothing says family holiday meal like petty squabbling, the silent treatment, and pushing family members' buttons. Throw in some politics and you're good to go!
When thinking Thanksgiving cartoons, a turkey with a samurai sword probably doesn't come immediately to mind. That is unless you had just watched Kill Bill before sitting down to write. Ahem.
Every Thanksgiving I think "Hey, I'll put on the parade for the kids! I used to love that when I was a kid!" You sit them down and watch about 10 minutes of lip-synced dancing, the Podunk High School Marching Weevils, and endless teases for balloons and then, like every Thanksgiving, I apologize and hand over the iPhone and iPad.
Turkeys disguising themselves as other birds is a staple of Thanksgiving cartoons, but for some reason the phrase "feather extensions" made me chortle to myself for about five minutes. So there it is.
Thanksgiving blackmail. You go, turkey!
This Thanksgiving cartoon took a bit of research. When is a turkey done? What's that thing about stuffing? How do you get salmonella? All in a day's work for your friendly neighborhood cartoonist.
Well that's it, Feel free to check out all of my other Thanksgiving cartoons too. And happy turkey day, everyone!
There is nothing I don't like about Thanksgiving turkey. The crispy skin, the big hunks of meat, the cooking the stuffing in it... Just writing this is making me hungry!!
Turkeys are also way too much fun to do cartoons about. They're fun to draw, there's the whole impending doom thing, and they were Ben Franklin's choice for the national bird! Jackpot!!
So, since Thanksgiving is almost here, I thought I'd share some of my favorite turkey cartoons. Gobble gobble!
I do so love drawing animals in ordinary day-to-day situations. Working in offices, sitting on the couch, but one of special favorites is the bar. Animals hunched over drinking their problems away is almost funny enough without a caption. Throw in another holiday related animal and some bitter envy and you've got yourself a pretty good cartoon (if I do say so myself).
Ok, I always like selling a cartoon, but sometimes just drawing the cartoon is enough. Turkey newscaster with a turkey murder chalk outline? Fun!!
This cartoon, on further reflection, probably has a little too much going on to work well. You have to see that the doctor character is a plastic surgeon, you have to see that the picture the turkey is handing over is a duck... There's probably a simpler way to do this with a longer caption, but I couldn't get myself to stretch it out. Sometimes the balancing act gets a little tipsy.
Mostly I draw Thanksgiving turkey cartoons where the bird is dealing with the upcoming unpleasantness, so this one where the turkey is actually dead is a bit of a departure. But once I got "leftovers" in my head I couldn't get it out, so we get the sort of sad cartoon above. Still, leftovers is kinda funny.
This cartoon is your basic reversal. What would turkeys eat for Thanksgiving?
You'd think they shy away from the whole holiday, never mind a turkey-ish main dish, but there it is. Who knew?!
Pop-up thermometers are inherently funny. They just are. I'm not saying they're not useful, and I have to admit they're kind of cool, but the name "pop-up thermometer" is awesomely goofy.
We'll, that does it for our fine feathered fun. Feel free to check out all of my turkey cartoons, and enjoy your feast, everyone!
I love Thanksgiving! It's the purest of the big three holidays. I mean, unless you're in the turkey, pumpkin, or cranberry sauce business, there's not a lot to commercialize. Just food, family, and fun. Not bad, huh?
This being only a blog, I can't help with the food or the family, but I can definitely help with the fun with this smallish smorgasbord of Thanksgiving cartoons. Dig in!
Sure, we all like a big Thanksgiving feast, but for a certain subset of fine-feathered friends it's not so much fun. And I guess if I were a turkey right about now I'd be wondering what the cards held for me. Luckily for me I get then chance to explore that quite literally in the above cartoon.
Of course most turkeys aren't going to fare well, but thankfully (see what I did there?) this turkey is getting some help with his impending doom.
I had to look up the stages for coping with death to make sure I got them right, and then included my own little addendum. Apologies to Kubler-Ross.
Tryptophan is one of those things that once a year everyone knows about. (It's the stuff in turkey that apparently makes you sleepy.) But the rest of the year poor old tryptophan just lays there eating cheetos watching reality TV just waiting for Thanksgiving.
I love holidays that aren't on a specific day. New Year's Day is January 1. Boring! Valentines Day is February 14. Yawn!
Gimme those holidays that are like figuring out an equation any day! Fourth Thursday in November! That's what I'm talking about!
This is probably my personal favorite of my own Thanksgiving cartoons. It has all my favorite cartoon elements: animal in an office, a caption that won't work without the art and vice- versa, and impending though relatively unspecific death.
Well that does it. Hope you enjoyed 'em, and feel free to check out all of my Thanksgiving cartoons!