The word cartoon refers to several very different forms of visual art and illustration. A cartoon was originally a preparatory sketch or drawing for a piece of art – particularly paintings and tapestries.
In modern digital art, cartoons are brought to us in many different forms – from the sketched, postcard-type drawings, to the Disney-style vector characters, even to finer art, and not forgetting the Japanese-style Anime and Manga cartoons.
Many of today’s cartoons are based on existing films, TV shows, console games, etc., however, some are straight from the artist’s imagination or inspired by a child, a pet, a situation, etc. Usually, but not always, cartoons are based on humor.
Here is a collection of 30 outstanding cartoon illustrations falling into all of the categories mentioned in this introduction.