With a little outside help, says veteran cartoonist Roy Paul Nelson, anyone with an interest in art can learn to draw humorous sketches. He proves it in this accessible guide to cartooning, offering beginners and professionals a complete manual for working in one of the world's liveliest art forms. Briefly tracing the origins of cartooning, Nelson goes on to furnish tips for using proper tools and techniques; drawing the human figure, animals, and backgrounds; composing; doing gag cartoons, comic strips, and panels; creating editorial and advertising cartoons; and much more. Accompanying the easy-to-follow directions are seventy-five illustrations, including many of the author's own. Designed especially for novices, this concise, readable guide will also serve as a refresher course for seasoned artists.