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Cool Cars / Cartooning by Jack Keely

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Stretch and Squash

Cartoon cars often are involved in extreme situations that require fast getaways and abrupt stops. To get the most mileage out of these scenarios, cartoonists can employ the distortion techniques of stretching and squashing. Imagine the car as a ball made of soft rubber—stretch it out so it appears to be speeding, or squash it together to make it screech to a halt. When employing these effects, don’t hesitate to exaggerate—this isn’t the time to be subtle!

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START FROM SCRATCHAfter referring to the images in the box below left, I use this drawing of a Lamborghini Gallardo as a starting point to practice stretching and squashing. ...

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