Digital Illustration: Easy Simple Shaped Cartoons

Deanna Sheehan, Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics

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10 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Breaking Down the Reference

    • 3. Setting Up Your File

    • 4. Creating Your Simple Shapes

    • 5. Editing, Duplicating, and Reflecting

    • 6. Using the Shape Builder Tool

    • 7. Coloring and Global Colors

    • 8. Adding Highlights and Shadows

    • 9. Adding the Finishing Touches

    • 10. CONGRATS! Now it's your turn.

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About This Class

Design this fun owl and take what you have learned to make your own simple shaped cartoons!

Illustrator is vector-based program. In this course; Whether you are new to Adobe Illustrator or have been working with Illustrator for years; there is something in this class for everyone! 


  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2017


  • Owl created in the videos in adobe illustrator
  • Your own Simple Shaped Cartoon Character you created using the techniques in the video in adobe illustrator

Skill Level:

  • Beginner to Advanced; no previous AI Adobe Illustrator knowledge required.

After taking this class in Adobe Illustrator, you'll be able to use simple shapes in adobe illustrator in a variety of ways to create simple but well drawn vector cartoons. Whether you're new to design or an Adobe Illustrator pro, you'll gain the knowledge you need to use simple shapes and the shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator. 

Design your own shape based character using the shape builder tool in Illustrator.

Back when I was taking traditional courses in college (wait...did that happen that long ago?) I learned that everything can be drawn using simple shapes. In this quick lesson-based course in Adobe Illustrator, you will learn how to use the illustrator shape tools and the shape builder tool to create a simple but effective cartoon animal.

What this lesson will cover:

  • How to overlap simple shapes that make sense for cartoons.
  • Using the pen, ellipse, rectangle tools along with live corners.
  • Tools we will be covering in this lesson: rectangle, ellipse, pen, shape-builder, width tool. reflect, select and direct select. 
  • How to use the reflect tool to create symmetry in your design.
  • Key commands and quick keys/shortcuts to work faster and more efficiently in Illustrator.
    (e.g. how to group, option copy, and paste in front).
  • How to select colors and save them as global colors in illustrator to make any quick color changes to your design.
  • How to finish a design by taking the shapes you already have to create highlights/shadows using the same colors you have along with the transparency and appearance panel.
  • How to apply what you’ve learned to create your own simple shaped cartoons.