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    Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw the Female FormCartoonwomen preview 400x400
    Women can be difficult to draw, whether in a realistic style or cartoon style. This technically should not happen, because anatomically speaking, females have less muscle detail visible to our eyes, compared to males! Their curves are sweet and their expressions are smooth—most of the time. So, why do we have so much difficulty expressing that on paper? I'm here to answer these and more questions on how to draw the female form in cartoons.Read More…
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    Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw Cartoon HandsCartoonhands preview 400x400
    The human hand is probably one of the hardest things to learn how to draw, since it can take many forms and, thus, express varied emotions. In cartoon it is no different. You need to be able to draw hands in different angles, which are dynamic and attractive in the eyes of the viewer. Don't underestimate the power of a well drawn cartoon hand - it can save your art from the monotony!Read More…
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    Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Create Movement and ActionCartoonmovements preview new 400x400b
    What is a cartoon without any kind of action? What is a cartoon, that doesn't tell us a story? You may have seen artistic studies of the human body, drawn from a live model for reference. They work very well for understanding how anatomy and muscles react when we suggest a move. But the sentiment behind this movement is not clear! It's just a reproduction of real life and nothing more. The way to express movement and action in a cartoon style drawing is quite different from real life. Therefore, beyond the necessary knowledge to build your character's body, mastering the techniques needed to add life to these forms is essential. And that's what we'll talk about in this tutorial!Read More…
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    Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw a Cartoon BodyCartoonbodies preview v2 400x400
    The pleasure of creating a cartoon character is immeasurable. The act of building and developing a character is not just linked to the construction of the figure: each character has its own shape, personality and attributes. It's OK if you already know about the proportions of the head and about facial expressions. But that knowledge is useless if you don't know how to build their bodies! The artist must take into consideration these qualities in order to build a character that is plausible in the eye of the audience. In cartoon, there are several different styles of characters, such as "goofy" and "bully." Do you want to learn more about them? That is what I will teach you in this tutorial.Read More…
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    Cartoon Fundamentals: The Secrets in Drawing AnimalsCartoonanimals preview 400x400
    Knowing how to draw faces and facial expressions is a basic item in the toolbox of any cartoonist. But your journey will not be complete until you can also draw the giant animal world! Here, in much larger intensity of human-beings, diversity dominates! We have birds, fish, pets, wild animals... each animal with their unique characteristics. It seems difficult to represent so many features with just a paper and a pencil, right? Well, for today I'll prove it's easier than you think.Read More…
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    Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Draw a Cartoon Face CorrectlyCartoonpreview400
    Children are the main audience when referring to the cartoons. A good cartoonist is one who can extract the main details of an object or a human being and simplify in shapes so that a child can recognize and be attracted to what they're looking at. Was studying infant perception that masters like Walt Disney, Hanna & Barbera, Chuck Jones, Jim Henson, Walter Lantz and many others have enchanted the world with its magical and eternals characters.Read More…
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    Turning a Photo into Lichtenstein Style Pop Art with IllustratorPreview
    Roy Lichtenstein's pop art comic book images are as familiar now as they were in the 1960's. They demonstrate a stylized way of presenting a photo of yourself or anything else you can think of. Using Illustrator's custom brushes and swatches, we'll be recreating a Lichtenstein style of effect in this intermediate level tutorial.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: The Line of Action, Make Your Character Poses More Dynamic!Preview
    The line of action is a key ingredient to making your character's poses look more dynamic. In this guide, we will explore what the line of action is and how it can be used to make your character poses come alive.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Cell Shade and add Texture to a Vector Comic CharacterIcon
    This tutorial will show you how to create a cell shaded character in Adobe Illustrator, this is a fast technique utilizing the Live Paint bucket for block coloring, the gradient tool to add depth and form, and masked blended shapes for texture.Read More…
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    The Mechanics of Comics200
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Ian Yates was first published on March 17th 2009. As an audience we accept comics for what they are; a medium, conveyors of information. What we less often realize is the technicality and process of how that information has been communicated to us. This is a good thing. When the artist gets it right, the comic book reader becomes immersed in what's being told - not how.Read More…
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    Inking and Coloring the Comic Strip "The Brads"Preview
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Brad Colbow was first published on October 13th 2008. In this tutorial, we'll walk through the steps of creating a comic strip using Illustrator's Pen Tool, custom brushes and masking features. This is a fun tutorial that covers the process I use, while showcasing the comic strip I write called "The Brads." You can read the strip regularly on my blog.Read More…
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    The Brads - Learning About Contrast in DesignPreview
    In this comic, you'll learn about the fundamentals of contrast, which is an important part of design. This comic touches on key areas of contrast like grayscale, tints, readability of text, along with examples and fun explanations. Enjoy this informative comic strip!Read More…
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