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.
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.
How to Draw a Cartoon using Shapes
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.
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.
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 https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.