Realistic vs cartoon animal clipart
You will find I have both styles of animal clipart here at Away With The Pixels. Both realistic animal clipart and cartoon style animal style clipart serve a purpose and the styles work well with different projects.
Cartoon style animal clipart is fun and often cute and makes an ideal illustrative accompaniment to educational resources for younger learners. It is great for using in projects where you want to solicit an emotion or emphasize a point. Cartoons are often caricatures, with key features emphasized. For example, a crocodile showing his big sharp teeth or an elephant making shapes with his trunk. Therefore cartoon style clipart can be great for teaching about key features of different animals.
Cartoon style clipart needn’t be ‘real’ or realistic. If you want to create a mini giraffe standing on someone’s hand, you can do so.
Anthropomorphic Animal Clipart
Much of my cartoon animal clipart features anthropomorphic animals (animals with human characteristics).
This is fun clipart which can be used for a variety of purposes.
Anthropomorphic animals can be used to tell a story or as a teaching aid. As an ESL teacher of young students, I would often use anthropomorphic animals to demonstrate and illustrate parts of the body. It saved an giggling or embarrassment with the youngsters.
Anthropomorphic animals are also great for creating short stories or comic-style stories. Just add a speech bubble or two.
Realistic Animal Clipart
Realistic style clipart is great for older students or to illustrate a resource where funny or cute illustrations are not appropriate.
Realistic clipart is often used to demonstrate the ‘real’ features of an animal. For example to demonstrate the size in comparison to another animal.
While realistic animal may not be as cute as cartoon style clipart (although, this obviously depends on your cuteness triggers – baby panda for example), it is certainly eye catching and can make great wall decor for classrooms.
Buying Animal Clipart
When buying animal clipart, think about how you are going to use it and what the key outcomes of the resource are. Also consider the audience and while you may personally love one style of clipart, it’s obviously got to appeal and engage with your students and/or the teacher buying and using your resources.