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 practice 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.
1. The Direct Download will make it very easy to download the zipped brushes file. Simply Extract All of the contents and follow along with the rest of the video.
Open Other Library
2. In your Brushes Panel, Window – Brushes. In the Bottom Left Hand Corner you will see a Brushes Library icon that looks like books. Click on it and scroll down to Other Library. Open Brush Library from folder.
Adding Line Weight
3. Depending on your own Style or preference, I would recommend adding a little more line weight to your artwork. The mistake I see a lot of beginners make is keeping the line weight at 1pt.
4. We have 17 Brush Libraries in our folder. You can use any one of them during this tutorial. All you have to do is line up the thin edge which will be floating in space. The Thick ends will represent our values which will be merging into other areas and strokes.