1. On a black sheet of construction paper, begin by drawing their cartoon character using a white oil pastel. I normally have students begin drawing the mouth, nice and big, then the eyes and nose and finally the head, body, ears, horns, accessories, etc. We draw the mouth first nice and big so that they can have a full size character, almost as big as their sheet of paper. They use a guided sheet for ideas as to how to draw the main facial features. I also advise students to think about their characters personality, what it likes, and where it lives. They add these features with the white oil pastel.
2. Once students have drawn their cartoon character, including a background and any additional marks, they can proceed to coloring it using colored oil pastels.
3. Finally, students can retrace their picture using a black oil pastel for definition.
Black construction paper, oil pastels, reference guides on how to draw cartoon characters