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In this course I want to share my process of designing and drawing cartoony characters in both stylized and classical styles. I have been working in animation for almost 8 years now, and have experience in both 2D and 3D animation.
I will take you through the very basic constructions and initial stages of drawing the cartoon figure, and break it down so that you can try these techniques to any character you want to draw yourself.
I will then show you how to implement these basic techniques to draw characters based off reference and start designing your own creations.
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Just a quick run through of what we will cover on this course
|Section 1: Introduction to drawing cartoony|
Here we get an introduction to the concept of construction and some of the differences in styles of drawing cartoony characters.
you can follow along, draw on paper, or use photoshop which I am using.
Here we take a look at some of the principles involved in designing and drawing classicaly cartoony characters
then we draw a character from scratch and design him based on the generic main/cute character proportions or classical WB and Disney
Then we tie the whole drawing down and add in some detail
I have included both the PSD photoshop file and a normal JPG of the drawing
In this video I explain some of the methods which I use to draw retro/cutout style characters, and some of the "rules" to help achieve that look.
We then redraw the character we drew in the previous lecture from the classical style, but in a more retro look
First we start with the rough under drawing, then we tie it down and rework some of the shapes
I have included the photoshop file and there is a normal jpg as well of the character
|Section 2: Designing Characters|
Taking a look at some ways of using reference images for inspiration
using skeletal images
how to look at images and what to look for design wise
Quick brainstorming sketches to try different ideas
dont be afraid to throw away what youve done and start over
keep redesigning until youre happy with what you have
In this video I am taking you through my own discovery and I hope you find the search helpful in how to look at your own drawings
Combining two different ideas to come up with something original
Using the Rock Star look as my combination
drawing the construction now first to help as a structure to add details on to later
Again, I try to draw in a different style when I go to tying down to experiment with the look
Here I take away the images I was looking at, and start to redraw the character again
I allow myself design freedom and change things as I go along
Send your sketch assignment to BaderBadruddin@Gmail.com and I will draw on your drawing with my notes and give some feedback.
One submission per student please :)
Looking forward to seeing your work!
Ive worked in Animation since 2006 and have worked in both 2D and 3D. I have a wide range of skills, but my main two are in bringing characters to life through animation, and drawing and illustrating characters.
I have also taught animation in Abu Dhabi in the past, working with Cartoon Network in their Cartoon Network Animation Academy, and was part of the initial setup.
I am now an independent artist working in London creating short animations, illustrations, and online courses.
I am a huge fan of all kinds of art and animation, and I hope to share what I know, at an affordable price, at a high quality and professional level.