How to Draw a Comic Strip

“Oh Brother!” Comic strip illustrator and writer Bob Weber, Jr. offers kids and parents step by step instructions on cartooning
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Bob Weber, Jr. draws pictures for a living. He draws the children’s comic, “Slylock Fox and Comics For Kids,” and he also writes the jokes for the daily strip, “Oh, Brother!”
Role Mommy asked Bob Weber, Jr. to share his advice and best practices with any budding cartoonists out there, and this is what he had to say:
“If you like to draw and aspire to be a professional cartoonist, all you need to get started is a pencil, paper, and the determined desire to draw every single day. The more you practice drawing, the better your cartoons will be. Many aspiring cartoonists spend a lot of time drawing faces. That’s fun, but you’ll need the ability to draw a wide range of things in order to effectively illustrate your jokes or stories in an interesting and convincing manner. Go to the library or bookstore to find cartooning lesson books. These books can be valuable resources for learning to draw faces, hands, motion, backgrounds and perspective. You might also want to consider taking a cartoon class in your area. 

Another terrific way to greatly improve your drawing skills is by studying the work of cartoonists that you admire. Allow yourself to be influenced by the styles and techniques of successful cartoonists. In most cases, the cartoonists you admire were themselves influenced by cartoonists that came before them. Don’t worry about your art looking too much like those you admire. Over time, as you continue to practice, your own unique drawing style will develop.

Finally, a cartoonist needs an idea before he or she draws. Being a good artist isn’t enough. You need to be somewhat smart, clever and witty. The more you know about the world around you, the more brain food you have to feed your imagination, and the more interesting your cartoons will be. Read as much as you can. Pay attention to the people and world around you. By observing the everyday activities that take place around you, you will soon find that you have plenty of ideas to draw from.
Now go find a pencil and draw, draw, draw!”
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For more great advice on cartooning, visit the “How to Draw” section on the “Oh Brother!” website. And don’t forget to enter your child into the “Oh Brother!” Is Your Kid a Character contest where one lucky child will get the chance to be featured in a nationally syndicated comic strip! All you need to do is fill out the form provided on this post, tell us a brief funny story about your child and he or she will be entered to win. A panel of humor and lifestyle bloggers will select the winners. Results will be revealed the week of March 21.
*This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Oh Brother! Contest: Is Your Kid A Character?

Running.jpgWould your child make the perfect comic strip character? Award-winning syndicated cartoonist Bob Weber, Jr. (“Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids”) and Emmy® Award-winning creator Jay Stephens (“Tutenstein” and “The Secret Saturdays”) have teamed up and created the humorous comic strip, Oh, Brother! The strip’s two main characters are Bud and Lily, a brother and sister who are as different as night and day. Seven-year-old Bud likes getting into mischief while 12-year-old Lily tries to keep him in check. With their lovable dog, Buster, by their side, their everyday adventures are hilarious. Sound familiar?
Is your son or daughter an impulsive prankster like Bud, or maybe he or she is precocious like Lily? If so, tell us how and your child could win a coveted guest spot in the nationally syndicated comic, Oh, Brother! Share a funny story about how your kid is a character like Bud or Lily in the text box below. All submissions will be read by a select panel of impartial blogging moms. If your story ranks as a favorite, your child may get the chance to be a part of the Oh, Brother! gang and get drawn into the strip as a classmate of Bud’s or as Bud and Lily’s neighbor!
Finalists will be featured on the Oh, Brother! Web site and the winning entry will be selected on March 21. Plus, five runners up will receive an autographed “Oh, Brother!” drawing by Bob Weber, Jr. and Jay Stephens. Please make sure to include your child’s name and your contact information on the form, then scroll down and hit the submit button once you’ve filled out all the information. To check out some great artwork submitted by budding cartoonists, visit the Oh Brother! art gallery; and if you have a budding artist in your midst, feel free to submit their artwork for the chance to be featured on the site.

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Our judges include…
katja-presnal-skimbaco-professional-blogger.jpgKatja Presnal is an editor and founder of SkimbacoLifestyle.com. She inspires people to live life to the fullest, and finds silver lining in everything with her witty yet positive attitude.
dawn.jpgElizabeth Mascali and Dawn Sandomeno are the founders of The Partybluprints Blog, a Real Girls’ resource for entertaining in style. Its mission is to bring you the latest news, hottest trends and most importantly, tips and ideas for entertaining in your home. Its mantra is “simple and special” – the rule for each and every post. Our wish is to inspire you to celebrate life – in real life! Elizabeth and Dawn are also authors of Plan to Party: Simple and Special Entertaining in Your Home.
jensinger.jpgIn 2003, from a corner in her New Jersey basement, Jen Singer launched MommaSaid.net, a place for moms on the brink of desperation to laugh and linger. Since then, the virtual community for mothers has grown to reach thousands of faithful visitors around the world. Jen is also the author of the “Stop Guessing Yourself” book series.
jessica bern 724.JPGJessica Bern is the founder of BernThis, a hilarious weblog of her life. Jessica is the single mother of a almost 7 year old girl who is her spitting image when it comes to personality which is why she considers herself lucky to make it to her 60th birthday.
tonya.jpgTonya Staab is an Australian champagne sipper; list maker; photographer; crafter; cake decorator; party planner; chick flick and chick lit lover; gorger of seafood and desserts; thrift and craft store addict; crime show watcher; boo boo kisser and social media junkie.
*This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.
Official Contest Rules:
HOW TO ENTER: Please fill out the form above and tell why your child is a character. Please feel free to share a funny story about your child.
*You may also blog about the contest – however that is not a requirement for entry into the contest. If you decide to post a blog, please provide the link to your blog at OhBrotherContest@gmail.com.
*Please include your first and last name, child’s first name and age.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
ELIGIBILITY: Parents must submit entries on behalf of their child. Employees of Sponsors, the Sponsors’ parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents and the immediate family (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents) of each such employees, and all those with whom such employees are domiciled, are NOT eligible.
THE DRAW PROCESS: The winner of the “Is Your Kid a Character” contest will be determined by a panel of bloggers (see above for judge’s information).
WINNER NOTIFICATION: The winner of the “Is Your Kid a Character” contest will be notified via email on March 21.
GRAND PRIZE: One winner will appear in an “Oh Brother!” comic strip.
RUNNERS UP: 5 finalists will receive an autographed drawing by “Oh Brother!” creators Jay Stephens and Bob Weber Jr.
AGE LIMITS/RESTRICTIONS:
*The “Oh Brother!” Is Your A Character contest is open to children ages 5-13 who are residents of the Continental U.S. Parents must submit an entry on behalf of their child.
*Limit one family member per entry.
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11. Sponsors: The Sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Role Mommy.
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