A cartoon kite is usually a Diamond. Quite often, to the slight annoyance of many a kite-fancier, the sticks are on the wrong side. Or, the bridle is wrong, or attached in an impossibly aft position. And so on!
Yep, I'm one of those fussy kite-fanciers. But perhaps it's better to just have a laugh at those mistakes rather than get annoyed...
Hence, this page is a celebration of cartoon and clip-art kite stuff-ups. And down the bottom, it finishes with a few examples of quite good depictions of kites.
Just to prove that some cartoonists or line-art creators do actually know a thing or 2 about them!
Many of these images are cropped down considerably from the originals, to show just the kite in each case. Hence I hope to avoid stepping on anyone's toes from a copyright perspective! Other complete images are the smallest available version, for the same reason.
Perhaps it will be most interesting to look at the 'worst first' :-) Here we go...
|And what's that bit coming from the nose? Weird.|
|Another confused cartoonist. And a very slack line with all those loops in it. Maybe a little jet engine is keeping the kite up there...|
|Is that line part of a tail? Shall we give the artist the benefit of the doubt? No, it really looks like it's meant to be a flying line, leading to a kite flier down below somewhere. Sigh.|
|For a moment, I thought maybe the line was supposed to be going to a bridle on the far side of the sail. But no, it goes exactly to the tail end of the Diamond!|
|In larger versions of this image, it's easier to see the little guy way below, holding the kite string. But look where it's attached...|
|Nice streamers, even a nice Diamond kite design - but it's the wrong way up!|
|Sticks on the correct side, realistic line angle, reasonable tail - but the Diamond is inverted. Sheeesh.|
|There's a lot wrong with this image, but of course the up-side-down sail is the most obvious!|
|A downright strange cartoon kite. :-) A keel like a Delta, but another bridle line going right back to the tail end. Not to mention the aft towing point...|
|This one's a scream isn't it! Must be a mighty strong thermal is all I can say. Or perhaps it's a Box Windsock.|
|One leg of the bridle is attached to where the spars cross, and the other goes to the bottom tip of the spar. With the towing point somewhere in between! It would never fly.|
|It's supposed to be a Delta, and I think the nose is pointing to the left. One bridle leg goes to the nose while the others go somewhere near the wing tips. Interesting!|
|Now, if the horizontal spar was a little closer to the nose end of the kite, and the spar was was stiff enough, this 2-leg bridle would actually work! But it's certainly unconventional.|
|This next one is just as unconventional, with the addition of a bridle line going to the tail end. But, with no horizontal spar at all, this kite would just fold up and plummet to the ground!|
|Apart from dihedral on the vertical spar, the sticks appear to be on the wrong side.|
|At first I thought they were the bridle, but it seems the 2 curved lines on this cartoon kite are supposed to represent the 2 spars. On the wrong side of the sail of course!|
|Quite a reasonable looking cartoon kite. To be kind, let's say the sail is clear plastic and the spars are just showing through... But somehow I doubt it!|
|This cartoon kite is pretty blatant - unless that yellow sail is very translucent!|
|Now, there's no mistaking this artist's error! Tsk tsk tsk.|
|Another fairly reasonable-looking Diamond in flight. But how see-through is that sail? I bet the artist tied the line directly to the sticks on the wrong side!|
|A colored cow kite, being flown by a cow in the original cartoon! But the sail is square, with the line attached to where the sticks cross. The same sail area above and below the towing point. It would never fly.|
|Similar problem with this kite, not to mention the lack of a tail!|
|Weird 3-leg bridle, no tail and towing point way too low. Tsk tsk tsk. Tut tut.|
|Mmmm not bad at first glance, but the towing point is just too far aft.|
|Same for this one! A 2-leg bridle this time.|
|And this one, also with a 2-leg bridle.|
|Flying line attached off to the side somewhere! And no tail.|
|Oooops! Try putting the tail on the other end of this kite, and it might fly.|
|Quite a funny picture, don't you think!|
|Black and white, with just a hint of a 2-leg bridle. The artist has evidently flown a kite before, since it all looks 'right'. There's even pockets in the sail corners for the spar tips!|
|A butterfly kite. It's only an illustration, but it's credible.|
|Again, only an illustration, but no obvious errors at least!|
|Maybe the towing point's a bit too low, but not a bad depiction of a Diamond in flight.|
|A wonderful bird's-eye view of a colorful Delta kite in flight. Nice illustration.|
|Another similar view of a Delta. This time towing a drogue for extra stability. And extra spectacle!|
|Now this one is not a free-hand sketch. Having seen a larger version, I think it was done using drawing software of some kind. A very precise depiction of a Delta kite.|
|A more impressionistic sketch of a Delta kite, but basically correct.|
|This Diamond kite is just hanging from its flying line. It looks 'right'. Full marks to the cartoonist!|
That's it. And if you recognize your work here, don't take offense! It's just a bit of fun for kite nuts. And maybe some education for people looking for cartoon kite images!
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