Sound effects and “emanata” are my favorite part of the cartooning process. I don’t focus as much on the “words” themselves, but I try to draw them in a manner that evokes the feeling I want to elicit. My favorite type of emanata/SFX is when there is no real need for a sound or mark. For example when someone’s face lights up, as in the example below, it might warrant emanata (rays of light) but a sound effect seems totally unnecessary. Or is it?
The following are most of the hand lettered sound effects and emanata that I have used in my thesis.