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Career as Cartoonist

Career as a Cartoonist

About Cartoonist

Whenever we think of cartoons, the sight of the witty R.K. Laxman’s cartoons in the newspaper pops into our head. In the past few decades, cartoon journalism has emerged as a platform to voice a social or a public message. People who draw political, social and advertising cartoons are known as cartoonists. Most of the cartoonists draw to convey a powerful message that is of social importance. Most of the cartoonists work for newspapers, magazines, television, film industry and other print publications. Their job is to create comic strips, illustrations, animations, portraits, create images, etc.

Eligibility to become Cartoonist

To become a cartoonist, there are no strict technical education requirements as such. Usually, cartoonists are gifted artists. They may also take a few courses in drawing or illustration in order to enhance their skill sets and increase their knowledge in the domain. On the other hand, there are few courses offered by NID in Film Design, Digital Gaming Design and Graphic Design, which if pursued, can be an added advantage. In order to apply for these courses, interested candidates are required to appear in a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) which is divided into two parts - DAT Prelims and DAT Mains. Apart from that, cartoonists should also have a portfolio ready in order to apply for jobs.

Types of Job Roles Cartoonist

Cartoonists are usually self-employed and there are no as such broadly classified cartoonists job profiles. They work as freelancers and devote a significant amount of time building their career as a cartoonist and promoting their work. Most of the cartoonists seek out potential new clients either in the media or with advertisers looking for a cartoon character. Also, new opportunities for cartoonists are expected to arise, as the number of electronic magazines, video games and internet-based publications are in a lot of demand in today's time.

Employment Opportunities for Cartoonists

Some of the popular employment opportunities for cartoonists are as follows:

  • Newspapers
  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines
  • Film Industry
  • Television Industry
  • Advertising Companies/Agencies

Top Recruiting Companies for Cartoonists

Some of the top recruiting companies that hire cartoonists are as follows:

  • Cartoon Network
  • Times of India
  • The Indian Express
  • Amar Chitra Katha

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Pay Scale/Salary of Cartoonist

The salary of a cartoonist depends upon how often they work or the types of clients they tend to work with. Apart from geographical location, experience and many other factors are responsible for determining the salary of a cartoonist. Check the estimated figures in the table below.

Job Profile

Starting Salary per annum (in INR)

Mid- Level Salary per annum (in INR)

Senior-Level Salary per annum (in INR)


Rs.1,80,0000- Rs.2,50,000

Rs. 3,00,000- Rs.5,00,000

Rs.5,00,000- 7,00,000


Note: Most of the cartoonists freelance and their salary keeps increasing with professional experience and talent. Therefore, the above-given range is an estimate and may vary from individual to individual and the type of work he/she does.

Books & Study Material to Become Cartoonist

Cartooning is a huge field and requires a lot of learning. But with right study material, one can speed up the learning process. Listed below are the books that cover all the concepts and theories of cartooning:

  • Cartooning: Philosophy and Art by Ivan Brunetti
  • Modern Cartooning by Christopher Hart
  • The Mad Art of Caricature by Tom Richmond
  • How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V.Holmes
  • Cartooning for the Beginner by Christopher Hart

Pros of becoming a Cartoonist

  • The biggest advantage of working as a cartoonist is that you get to work on new assignments unlike other desk jobs. You get to use your creative and fun sight.
  • The job of a cartoonist is very fulfilling in the sense that you get to see the final works being published. Cartoonists experience an incomparable sense of self-satisfaction seeing their work is recognized by the public.
  • The career of a cartoonist provides with them an opportunity to express themselves in front of a large and diverse audience.

Cons of becoming a Cartoonist

  • It is very difficult for a cartoonist to established themselves in this field as there is a very stiff competition.
  • The field is incredibly competitive and one requires a lot of skill and talent to progress.

Paths for Being Cartoonist

FAQs about Cartoonist

I am pursuing B.Des. (Bachelor of Design) to become a Cartoonist. What other career options do I have ?

You could become a Graphic Designer , an Accessory Designer , a Fashion Designer , a Footwear Designer , a Furniture Designer after studying B.Des. (Bachelor of Design).

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