Character And Figure Drawing

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Working on a figure drawing using a vector application can be a complex task. Creating the character itself using a few lines and basic shapes can be done easily, but adding great effects to create something wonderful can be more challenging.

In this section, I will show you how to design and draw cartoon characters with depth, volume and personality. 

One single template will be used for all characters

Indeed, only one basic template will be used to create all characters. Of course, this template will be adjusted with the character's personality, but the goal is to make the learning process easier.

Once your template is done, use it to create all sorts of characters.

It will be a huge time saver for you and an easy way to try many things quickly and efficiently. Just use the figure drawing of your choice and modify the main features to end up with a new character.

It's a simple technique that you can use to create a complete series of cartoon characters for a project of yours! :)

You must know all the basic tools of a vector software

If you don't know how to use a vector software, then this section might not be for you yet. You can still try a few tutorials, but creating these characters with a pencil will be even more challenging and difficult. 

Fortunately, I don't use complex tools to create my drawings. It could be a good idea to read tips on what drawing techniques I am using to illustrate cartoon characters from this series.

If you know how to draw basic shapes, use the gradient tool and work with transparency, then you are ready to work on these drawing lessons.

Be creative! Create your own cartoon characters!

These tutorials should be used as guidelines only. It's important that you complete your illustrations using your own style. Anyway, images on this site are copyrighted so you cannot use them unless you purchase a license.

Developing your own style is crucial. You don't want to end up drawing like someone else. Even if the figure drawing you are working on is not 100% similar to the one used on this site, keep on drawing. As long as all important features are present, you can move on.

It is more fun and rewarding to draw something original. Duplicating the work of others doesn't help you progress unless you want to work for a large company.

Don't give up and practice as often as needed!

You've seen it before. The only advice I can give you is to practice as often as possible. Drawing is all about ... drawing! There are no magical tricks and no one can draw for you. Stick to it and draw the same character over and over again until you are 100% satisfied.

You will never reach your full potential because there is always room for improvement (and that's also true for the most talented artist in the world, whoever it is). You can always draw something better. You can always create something more original.

Does it mean that you should stop and give up? Of course not! Because along the way, you will always create something you are proud of. And when you think that you reach your full potential, you will create something even better!

The world of drawing has no limits. Keep creating and have fun!

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