Keep It Simple

Do you see a face? I do.

All of the iconic, widespread cartoons were so simple to draw most eight year olds could mimic a similar version. No wrinkles in the face, no shading needed.

Charlie brown, Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Tin Tin, Dilbert, Micky Mouse, Marshmallow man, The Simpsons, Family Guy are all very simple looking.

Cartoonist Scott Mcloud writes about why that is in his book Understanding Comics. What stuck out to me was his triangle diagram that you can see here.

The reason is that simplicity spreads. It spreads because we see ourselves in a cartoon. The same way we can see ourselves in the outlet in this image. To be connect with something you need to relate to it. If you’re a woman and the cartoon character is a man then you will instantly be less able to relate than if it was a woman. Well the same is true with detail.

Every bit of detail changes the shape making less and less people able to relate to it.

Also published on Medium.

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