You've been meticulous about drawing human figures in their correct proportions. You've taken time to practice sketching people. And you're wondering to yourself: When do I start drawing cartoons? Now that you're proficient at drawing realistic figures, you're ready to start warping the grid to create your own characters. But rather than simply morphing the figure for the joy of it, take some time to learn the effects of altering certain proportions. A good character design tells the reader more about your characters than any amount of words will.