Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Character Tutorial for Beginners
In this easy to follow step by step tutorial, we will be going through our anchor point guide to build our cartoon character while practicing using the pen tool.
Anchor Point Guides
Anchor point guides are designed to make our step by step tutorials as easy to follow as you are learning where to place anchors and how to adjust handles using the pen tool.
Using Pen tool
We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.
Shadows and Gradients
Using live paint is a fast way of getting down a flat color without having to use pathfinder to create shapes. We will duplicate these shapes and apply transparent gradients and cast shadows using the knife tool.
Adding on Line Variation using Cartoon Brushes
You will have more control over the placement and width of each of your lines using the Cartoon Brushes. The process will be a combination of using the Brushes to get down the initial thickness and stroke width. The second step will be modifying the placement of the variation using the so we can edit later. This 2-Step Process allows for more control over your Line Variation compared to using your Tablet with Pressure.
Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries include our 70 Cartoon, 100 Comic Strip, and 50 Vintage Mascot Brushes
How to Color in Adobe Illustrator
One of the easiest and fastest ways of filling in your color is through Live Paint. Live Paint Bucket is a part of the Shape Builder Tools which builds the shapes in the exact shape you need it. Select All. Go up to Object - Live Paint - Make. If you have a grayed out Make it simply means you didn't have anything selected. I do recommend Deselecting by clicking on your artboard before clicking on a Color Swatch. *Remember Everything is still Selected so it will Color the Full Selection if you click on a Color Swatch with everything selected. Click on the Live Paint Bucket (K) and Click to Dump Color. It will feel like the Paint Bucket in Adobe Photoshop.