Adobe Illustrator Simple Cartoon Tutorial

Adobe Illustrator Simple Cartoon Tutorial

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial using Tablet

In this step by step Adobe Illustrator tutorial we will be using our drawing tablet to ink using pressure sensitivity and the blob brush. This is my prefered method of using pressure sensitivity and will feel very similar to our other tutorials.

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Pressure Sensitivity

We will be primarily focussing on the Illustrator settings for the blob brush. Make sure you have your pressure turned on and the variation the same size as your brush. You can control the size of the brush with your bracket keys. [ ]

Blob Brush

Turn off keep selected. This will have all your strokes merge together. I will keep the merge only with selection, this will control when shapes should merge together. The goal is to still have individual brush strokes.

Expanded – Clean Up

The goal with this workflow is to skip over our initial steps when using the pen and cartoon brushes and go straight into expanded clean up mode. You will notice the overlapping and the ugly phase right away. You can use the eraser and the shape builder to make clean up very easy.


Adobe Illustrator Simple Cartoon Tutorial using Shapes, Pen, and Live Paint.

This is the beginner Adobe Illustrator simple cartoon tutorial that uses shapes, pen tool, and live paint through a fun step by step cartoon illustration. We will be going through our resource document to build our cartoon character and practice building using shapes and pen 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.

Pen Tool

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.

Flat Color

Live paint and the knife tool are fast ways of getting down color and shadows without having to use pathfinder to create 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 the Pen Tool

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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