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Traditional vs. Digital Cartooning. What’s Better?

There is a difference.

When it comes to cartooning, for the most part, it doesn’t always matter what you use. You can draw with a marker, ink, on a computer, with a crayon or – if you can figure out how – smoke signals. There ARE differences though. And is one way better than the other? (Well, they all might beat drawing with smoke signals. That sounds tough.)

I’m going to take a brief look at TRADITIONAL vs DIGITAL.

You probably hear tech come up more often than not with practically anything these days, but traditional has a lot of advantages (and disadvantages). Same can be said for digital.

You don’t have to particularly be tech-savvy or traditional savvy to be a cartoonist.

I’ve gone from one to the other, and resort back to things from time to time. This is a close look at my process and my take on the two mediums.



  1. Darlene says:

    Thank you for your insight Nate. I love creating by hand. I enjoy the sensory experience of drawing and spreading colors the traditional way. I paint portraits and still life’s in oil. I have worked in art assemblage and mixed media so the traditional way has been my thing- what I know. I do want to explore cartooning in the digital world too. Most likely baby steps in that department though🤓 Looking forward to your new class! Cheers-Darlene

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Hi Darlene — very cool! Sounds like you have a nice mix of both mediums going on, and are getting into the digital realm. A lot of the digital stuff seems scary at first, but I find it so much easier once you get rolling with it. Keep us posted! Cheers!

  2. Stephen Dorr says:

    Hey Nate! Love this site. I work both traditional and digital and one tool that helps me blend both together nicely is the Adobe Capture App. I love this tool because it allows me to take a nice clean photo of my work and turn it into vector lines. Then I’m able to resize it if need to or clean up some line work to prepare for color. I live in an apartment so I can’t really have a huge scanner around so this is a perfect solution.

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Hey Stephen!

      I’ll have to check out the Adobe Capture App. I’m not familiar with it. Sounds like a good way to go if working traditionally and non.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

      – Nate

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