How to Draw Cartoon Characters In Procreate
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How to Draw Cartoon Characters In Procreate

Learn how to bring your cartoon characters to life using Procreate
4.7 (1,206 ratings)
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Created by Brad Colbow
Last updated 2/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • The basics of drawing in Procreate on the iPad
  • The basics of cartooning from sketching to inking to coloring
  • How to use shapes to make your characters look different from each other and develop your own style
  • How to use faces and body launguage to convey emotion and personality
  • An iPad with with the app Procreate
  • No experience needed just the desire to learn new skills and have fun

If you can draw a stick figure you can learn to draw cartoon characters. Most cartoons are made up of simple shapes and understanding how to put them all together to make something fun and interesting is easier than you think.

This course gets you drawing. I don't just want to explain the skills I want to to practice and learn the skills. We start with basic shapes and build upon that foundation. Creating different shape combinations to build our characters and then we talk about how to create clean line work so our characters look professional. Then we talk about how artist choose colors and how to enhance those colors to really make your character pop.

Why Procreate? The best drawing app for the iPad is Procreate. procreate has been listed in the iPad’s top selling apps month after month and for good reason. It rivals many desktops apps for power and features. In this class we tackle Procreate to start drawing on the iPad.

Who is this for:

  • People who want to improve their art but aren't sure where to start

  • Illustrators looking to learn some tips and trick using Procreate

  • People who love drawing and sketching and want to start doing it digitally

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner Procreate Users
  • Aspiring artists and Illustrators
Course content
Expand all 34 lectures 03:20:52
+ Course Introduction
2 lectures 10:28

In this lecture I introduce the course and talk about what students can expect over the next several lessons.

Preview 02:09

Procreate's interface is pretty simple and streamlined but there are a lot of handy shortcuts that will help you out throughout this course.

Preview 08:19
+ Drawing Basics
6 lectures 26:45

We start super basics by talking about what makes a basic head and how we can start to add variety using only a very limited amount of elements.

Basic Heads

Your assignment is to draw some heads. The goal is to get as many head variations with as few shapes as possible.

Assignment: Basic Heads

Now that we have experimented with with faces we're going to do the same with the shapes of the heads themselves.

Head Shapes

Now we're going to draw different head shapes around the faces we created in the last assignment.

Assignment: Head Shapes

Now we start adding details to our faces. More variation to what we have created up to this point.

Face Details

Lets apply what we learned about face details in this assignment.

Assignment: Face Details
+ Creating Our Character
13 lectures 01:12:19

We've done a lot of basic things up to this point now it's time to start pulling it all together and creating our first character.

Putting it all together

Now it's your turn. Take what we learned in the last lesson and unleash your creativity on a new character.

Assignment: Create a new character

One of the keys to creating a character is becoming familiar with him or her. Redrawing your character teaches you a lot about its personality and how to streamline the drawing process.

Redrawing your Character

Now it's your turn, try redrawing your character and become more familiar with how you have created them.

Assignment: Redrawing Your Character

In this section we take a step back and learn about facial expressions. It doesn't take many shapes or lines to make a really emotive face.

How to Draw Facial Expressions

In this assignment your job is to practice different facial expressions on your character.

Assignment: Try Different Facial Expressions

We could stop here but you are probably going to need to draw your character from different angles so in this lesson we talk about how to go about that.

Drawing Heads from Different Angles

Now it's your turn to practice drawing your character from different angles.

Assignment: Draw Your Character from Different Angles

You're going to want to do more with your character than just looks straight on at them so here we talk about drawing poses.

Drawing Poses

There is a lot to practice here. It's your turn to practice drawing and seeing poses.

Assignment: Practice Poses

Now we take what we learned from poses and we practice drawing our character in them.

Drawing Your Character in Poses

Now it's time to adding the gritty details to your character and differentiate them from other characters.

Adding Details to Your Character

It's your turn to add the details and accessories to your character.

Assignment: Adding Details to Your Character
+ Finishing Your Artwork
10 lectures 58:29

A quick pitstop before we start polishing up our characters I want to walk you through the process of installing brushes.

Adding Brushes to Procreate

Inking is an opportunity to clean up your character and make them look more professional as well.

Inking Tips

It's your turn. Practive inking your character. This is a step that takes practice so don't feel bad if your first stab at it isn't great, it takes time. Feel free to try inking more than once.

Assignment: Practice Inking

How do artist choose the right colors? it's and age old question. In this lesson I walk you through my process of finding the right colors.

Choosing Colors

In this section I want you to do some color studies and practice using colors and contrast.

Assignment: Color Studies

Now we take the quick color study we like best and we spread it to a larger character using more care and detail.

Block Coloring

Now iot's your turn to take your favorite color profile from your last lesson and apply it to your character.

Assignment: Color Your Character

The block colors might looks good but they are far from the details we want on our characters so it's time to add more detail.

Color Details

In this section I want you to break away from just using 4 colors and add some variety and spot colors.

Assignment: Add Detail Colors

A lot of time adding a background is a fun way to enhance your character but can also detract from them. Here are some tips and tricks to work around those things.

Setting Your Character on a Background
+ Final Project
3 lectures 32:51

OK, it's time to pull it all together and make another character from scratch.

Creating a New Character

Part 2: We keep plugging forward on our character and adding more detail.

Detailing Your New Character

In this section we finish up our new character.

Finishing Your Character