Adobe Illustrator Draw a Cartoon using Shapes

Adobe Illustrator Draw a Cartoon using Shapes

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

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Adobe Illustrator How to Draw a Cartoon using Shapes Tutorial

In this easy to follow beginner tutorial we will be going through our resource document to draw a cartoon character and practice using pen and shape tools.

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Building with Shapes

Shapes are a great way of building your characters especially as you gain experience with blend, warp, shape builder, and pathfinder to create unique shapes.

Adding Warp Effects

We will be adding blend and warp effects to create more organic shapes within our cartoon characters to give you more building tools and options.


Our goal is to simplify pathfinder in the next few step by step tutorials by practicing and going through as many different options to build up your confidence.

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How to Draw a Cartoon using Shapes

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Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Using Shapes

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.

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