Draw an advanced cartoon bunny

Maria Avramova
A free video tutorial from Maria Avramova
Character Designer and Animator
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Lecture description

Draw a human-like cartoon bunny using the techniques from the previous lectures.

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06:54:02 of on-demand video • Updated July 2020

  • In this course you will learn a simple technique that will help you to draw cartoony characters. Whether you are a beginner or you’ve been doing this for a while you can quickly learn how to draw freely and how to design different characters. You will learn how to make a character cute or evil and how to give them emotions. But not only that. You will also learn how a specific body posture correlates to a certain emotion and you can enhance your character’s facial expression by applying the right body posture to them. Using a simple principle of drawing spheres you can draw any character you want, you can change styles and adjust your design to your liking or to your potential client’s preferences. You can choose a simple style if you are on a tight budget or you can draw advanced Disney-like characters for your portfolio or for your children’s book.
  • How to find your own style
  • How to conquer your fear of drawing
  • What makes a character cute
  • How to draw different designs
  • How to pose your character
  • How to keep the proportions the same in different poses
English [Auto] In this section I'm going to design just one character and this time I'm going to explore a bit more of the facial expressions and I'm going to apply them to poses of the same character so I'm going to choose a more advanced character because by now you should have trained my pretty much with your own characters and also because I would like to give you a challenge just try for a head so you have a more advanced character you can work with for dissection. So let me start with designing the cartoony character and this time I'm going to design a funny the same way. I started designing the cat order and funds. Let's just start with loose circles. Yes you hold your hand at an angle do not hold it like that that's going to stiffen you just just get used to draw like that. So this is the head. Now let's design the body. Tiny little body as we said as I mentioned before the proportions with the head and the body having the head much bigger. Give us more of what cuter baby like look or a cactus. That's why we do it because we would like to think that babies are cute and let's have the legs of the bunny be also very tiny in proportion to its head and the body. And let us give it also some large feet because that is very that is very specific for for example puppies small small puppies you know like dogs they have specifically very very large large poles. And that makes them very cute and we'll give them like a proportionate hands went a little bit of disproportionate paws or hands in the air again for or for the effect of having the bunny looking cute or looking more like a baby like but also giving him some human features. We're going to work with human features here so that so that we can explore more clearly the emotions comparing them to the humans. So let's give the center of this the bunnies had approximately over here. And again let's make the mouth area time here and give him a big forehand because baby said that and the where the ball flies meet. Let's have this be the place where we'll have the nose and this time I'm going to give the bunny big nose. And very large eyes on both sides of the midline and let's design the bunnies chicks approximately over here. You know the bunny has this small little nose you know attached to the chicks in front so. So we have the possibility we have the the chance to make it out to look. Use that in your design and look cuter. Let's give the bunny to front line Steve over here and the mouth a little bit behind the teeth and we'll have his ears. We're going to have a very large years a little bit goofier so. So we've got to design one big circle over here except saved and one on the other side. And you see the circles called correlate to each other with the distance between from the middle point approximately to the end of the year for example just always connect body parts according to something else. And this one if you measure it approximately it's going to end up a little bit behind the bunny. The bunny and let's make the eye the ear of the body a little bit to this like adults just to give him a goofier kind of look and I'm going to give him very large pupils and for the sake of making it even more human like I'm going to give him a little bit more of a photorealistic eye so I'm going to put a pupil in the middle and have the thing around be the iris. So you see I'm giving him a light a little spatula in the middle because immediately it brings life to the character and let's also give him eyebrows because we want to have we want to explore explore and facial expressions and it's much easier when we have eyebrows. And even though Bunnies don't have eyebrows again we want to apply human like emotions to the character as again. Bunnies don't have any emotion they don't laugh they don't feel sad just cartoony characters does because we want to identify with them we want to find ourself this character is as a mural and here it is already pretty finished so I'm going to define him with a black pencil and see what I've got you'll see I hope you've done a lot of exercising with this other character. So now when you come up to here you will feel more confident to dress. Go ahead and draw freely and not be afraid up even though this character may look advanced to start it just started with little sense with a lot of circles and spheres and defined it later and you see how your hand will kind of adjust to this character to drawing like that and your shapes the forms will become easier and easier to draw. So here it is funny because it is them towards us. We can give it some kind of a wrinkle where the flesh goals more in Words like hero make him put in some shadow just to define that. This year there is a darkness of space there is going inwards in the book in bunnies so fleshy here and now we've got even a bigger nose than I initially thought. But that's just that's just magazine making it better because I am exploring the skeleton from the view I haven't drawn this character before. I'm just shaping it according to the principles of cartoony character the way I explained it to in the previous section and you see how quickly this becomes a real character. And even though without using any references and without having any previous knowledge of exactly this character we can design a brand new character that we already feel feel sorry for or feel feel for if we had in mind to have other kind of features to Skerritt than those that we already applied just start another drawing and apply those features and we have his goofy little T for we here let's give him two teeth just splitting the middle one here gives him immediately some kind of goofiness to it and the body has his mouth behind you'll see how little strokes and how little I draw now that I have my basic shapes how little little you need to have your character come to life he the arms and the large balls I'm going to give him a ton just to have him more human like because later on we'll gonna do poses with this character and I want him to be able to gesture as a human does and I'm putting the default both of this bunny default policies. It means that neutral policy but it's not so neutral here. Because he looks kind of he's smiling he's kind of happy. If you're drawing a book or if you become a ghostwriter an animator and you want to draw your characters your model or the person who modeled these characters will maybe want to have a neutral post. So. So we don't see a smiling like that here to start with but we add that later on when we create the shapes of the character and expressions. But when you design your character just first you want to see who the character is yourself. So you want to give the character some kind of an expression. And if you if you presented to some to other people like for your producer or for your publishing house or even for your friends and family you want to say well this is my bunny I'm going to put this one in the book. You don't want to have him completely neutral because it's going to be libelous some kind of expression some kind of emotion to the character or reveals who the character is. No I'm going to give him more of the details here. Like a real Toles. But you see I'm still following the shapes that I drew from the beginning. So as soon as you have that is just no brainer. What you have to do next your brain your mind connect connects the dots for you. You don't have to do much more. And so we'll give him some whiskers here to make him look even cuter and the one I'm going to color it even black given the nose give him a little spatula on the nose as well just as if it's a light bouncing on his nose. And now you can see it so much. But it's kind of give Gibbs a little bit more volume to it and here we have it. Here we have only the bunny. I mean took me less than 10 minutes to design this character. So you'll see how fast that goes and Dr..