refers to art styles suited to representing abstractions of reality; that is, exaggerated or otherwise non-realistic visual aesthetic. This idea is most prominent as it's easily understood, but to exact "cartoons" further is to probe some more - especially in the context of comics
. Cartoons and comics share a close and complimentary relationship in visual communication, being especially true to sequential art among other forms of narrative in illustration. This understanding is an area of scholary interest due to the increasing acceptance of analogies being established between written & visual communication - highlighting the way in which sequential images actually constitute a visual language.
Commentary in abundance about comics and cartoons individually is justly avoidable in the context deviantART categories; the explanation is better defined by a more concise descriptor to be explained without embellishment and in plain terms. Although the category "Cartoons & Comics" appears to distinguish the two at first glance, this isn't the case to the extent that you might expect. There are subtle differentiations between sequential and illustrative types of artwork but they're unified under the same heading which aims to marry them rather than the contrary.
There are many interlacing traits of comics and cartoons such as with the dynamic styles of cartooning lending effectively towards pictorial depictions in storytelling. In turn, corresponding art styles are used to accentuate the storytelling within a myriad of genres in comic books. Hence, cartooning as a form of illustration in comic books is of huge prevalence. Below are examples from the Comics & Cartoons category; using the differentiation of pages/strips next to drawings/paintings - the main contextual differences from the submissions menu process:
As you see, some deviations could fit comfortably in both "comics" and
"cartoons" within the category; this highlights the relationship between them which creates a grey area between the most pronounced ends of the small spectrum. Just like art exists in a wider sense, our category for Cartoons & Comics is one that is actively evolving as a particularly fast-paced industry and overall movement. As your CV for this gallery, I hope to sustain your trust during my term - so that should you find yourself to query something - anything
- then you can be encouraged to seek my help. Keep rockin', gang.