How to Write An Outline

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In this part of the website, I will give you tips on how to write an outline that is different and original. When creating a cartoon character, you don't need to use a simple and boring black outline (you can do it because it's still the most effective technique, but you can do better, I'm sure!). 

You can use different colors, line thickness or shapes to draw an original outline that will give a touch of originality to your artwork! Just click on one of the links below to start learning!

Line thickness

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Learn how to play with the width of your outline in this easy to follow tutorial. I will show you eight simple examples to get you started! From there, you will have the possibility to create more variations and sketch outlines that are fun to look at. Click here to learn more!

Irregular lines

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Writing an outline with irregular lines can really add charm to a drawing! Your image will look less polished and more hand-drawn. This easy tip can take away the cold and perfect look of a drawing created with a vector software. Click here to learn more!

Using various colors

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In this tutorial, using an example of an outline created with various colors, I will show you how to add life to a simple cartoon character. A good outline doesn't necessarily need to be black. It can be any color you wish. Click here to learn more!

Using shapes

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to write an outline using only shapes! To create a good-looking outline, you don't necessarily need to use lines. A simple, basic shape can be quite effective if used properly. Click here to learn more!

Using shadows

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You are not limited to the standard black outline while creating cartoon characters! You can also sketch a character with an outline that is colorful and visually attractive! Adding a shadow effect can also be a good idea, but only if this good idea is well-executed. Click here to learn more!

Outline characters

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to create outline characters. But what exactly do I mean by "outline characters"? It simply means that I will show you how to draw a character using only lines. No colors or plain areas will be used. Click here to learn more!

Chalk outline

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To create nice drawings, you can use many mediums! For example, adding a chalk outline to one of your characters can be a nice exercise to try. Click here to learn more!

Flower outline examples

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Learn how to draw a nice and smooth outline using only colors and some great shadow effects. A very simple and effective tutorial. Click here to learn more!

Frog outline examples

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It's time to see it all in action! Once you have read all outline tutorials, why not take a look at these examples using a simple frog character as a model. Click here to learn more!


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