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Are there any Latex packages (or any other text based methods) to assist in cartooning i.e. creation of simple images representing real-life objects. Something as simple as the images on xkcd is good enough for me.

(FYI - Randall Munroe does use the old school technique of putting pen/pencil on paper)

To provide a sharper focus to the original question [above] - I need a package with an assortment of shapes of commonly seen tangible objects, such as cars, laptops, trees etc., with multiple anchors to finely control the final 'look' of this shape. I was especially looking for stick human figures. The Shape library in the TikZ/PGF library comes the closest from amongst what I have already seen, but not close enough.

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  • Welcome to TeX.SE. I removed 'thanks' from your post since we omit this. Instead, you should up-vote and accept the answers, giving the answerer the site reputation.
    – yo'
    May 30, 2012 at 8:46
  • I don't have a specific answer for you, but you might have a look at the TikZ/PGF package. Some example of a tikz drawing can be found here: How can I draw a cake using TikZ? or TikZ and PGF examples
    – yo'
    May 30, 2012 at 8:50
  • While not text-based, you might want to consider Inkscape. It has some good LaTeX features. May 30, 2012 at 11:18
  • From what I have seen from amongst the answers I have received, the Shape library in the TikZ/PGF package comes closest to what I had in mind; and yet it is quite a way off from what I had in mind. May 30, 2012 at 14:53
  • A (or multiple) stick figure shape(s) with multiple anchors would come a lot closer to what I had in mind. Is there something like that or does it have to be created? May 30, 2012 at 15:02

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Thing Package
Ducks TikZducks
Marmot TikZmarmot
Donkey I need a donkey
other animals, birds TikZlings, animal pond, pst-fun
vehicle pst-vehicle
Lenny face Lenny face question
fruits & vegetables fruits question
bearwear bear wear
Humans tikzpeople, Custom “human” shape for tikz especially stickman
bats halloweenmath (also maybe pumpkins, witches, ghosts, cats, and so on)
snowman scsnowman
turtles turtles
rabbits rabbits question
fishes fish question
more different ducks top answers of ducks

The question that probably started all of this..

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Some math-related stuff

Thing Package
math hats real hats
math transposes realtranspose

and some things I can't classify

finally, watch the fun tag.

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