How to Make a Stickman Comic

Written by missy farage
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How to Make a Stickman Comic
Use simple lines to create your own stickman cartoon. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Stickman comics can help a budding artist show off his or her wit without spending unnecessary time detailing the comic itself. While the level of artistic detail in conventional comics can detract from the message the writer is trying to get across, the simple design behind stickman comics accentuates what is being said. You can choose to make a single-frame comic that expresses its punchline on one panel, or create an array of several frames to get the story across.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Choose two characters and their names and devise a clever conflict between them. Determine if your comic is going to be one or multiple frames.

  2. 2

    Sketch out your main stickman characters. Because stickmen are composed of the same simple design -- circular heads and line-thin torso, arms and legs -- give each character a feature, such as a hat or bowtie, to differentiate it from the other stickman.

  3. 3

    Draw out the first frame of your comic. Position each stickman so that they are interacting with one another or their surroundings. Make sure to include each stickman's defining characteristic.

  4. 4

    Write out your dialogue above each stickman's head. Imply the stickman is speaking the dialogue by drawing a line between the stickman's forehead and the dialogue.

  5. 5

    Add a second frame to the right of the first one, if desired, to continue the plot.

  6. 6

    Draw additional frames until your story is complete.

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