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Draw Cartoon Characters from Simple Shapes

teacher avatar Maria Avramova, Illustrator/Animator/Filmmaker

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Drawing Simple Shapes


    • 3.

      Big as a House


    • 4.

      Drawing a Princess


    • 5.

      Drawing a Doll


    • 6.

      Drawing a Clown


    • 7.

      Drawing a Fairy


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About This Class

Do you struggle with coming up with ideas on how to draw characters? Then this is the class for you.

There are thousands of different approaches to drawing characters, yet the blank sheet of paper is still scary. Here I´m going to guide you through a fun and easy exercise on how to draw very different character designs by using simple shapes like rectangular, spheres, triangles, and more to start your design.

Using simple shapes to create cartoon characters is a fun and creative way to bring your ideas to life. Not only is it an accessible and beginner-friendly technique, but it also allows for endless possibilities and variations.

By breaking down complex characters into basic shapes such as circles, triangles, and rectangles, you can easily create a solid foundation for your design. These shapes serve as the building blocks for your character and can be manipulated and transformed to create unique and interesting poses and expressions.

One of the benefits of using simple shapes is that it can help you focus on the core essence of your character's personality and design. By stripping away unnecessary details and focusing on the basic forms, you can create a character that is visually appealing and easy to recognize.

Additionally, using simple shapes can help you develop your skills in character design and illustration. As you become more comfortable with manipulating basic shapes, you can experiment with more complex designs and techniques.

Overall, using simple shapes to create cartoon characters is a great way to spark your creativity and develop your skills as an artist. It's a fun and accessible technique that can lead to endless possibilities and allow you to bring your ideas to life in a unique and exciting way.

You will be amazed by how easy it is. Just by having an intention, using associations, or even just starting with an element you can draw very interesting cartoony characters.

I´m going to help you unlock your creativity and lock in your fear of drawing once and for all. The only thing that stops you from creating is that someone or you yourself have told you that you can´t.

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Maria Avramova



I am a character design, film director, animator, and illustrator.


I have worked in the animation industry for over 15 years, bringing characters to life. I have worked with clients such as McDonald's and Ericsson to create top-notch 3D animated characters for their commercials.


I´ve had the privilege to direct actors such as Sir Roger Moore and Peter Stormare among all, as voice actors for animated movies. I´ve worked with renowned illustrators and screenwriters such as Iain McCaig, the legendary designer from Star Wars, to breathe life into stories and characters.


The TV-show I´ve recently written and directed, called Space Yoghurt, is having a worldwide success and has been featured twice in t... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Have you ever struggled withdrawing complex cartoon characters and you find it too overwhelming. Human or an animal cartoon character has a lot of anatomy to deal with. Hi, my name is Maria around and I'm an artist, illustrator and animator. And I'm here to teach you how to draw cartoon characters, starting from basic shapes. In this lecture, I'm going to show you a simple method of how to draw a random shapes and turn them into cartoony characters. I'm going to guide you step-by-step on how to use association generalization. Or just have your imagination running wild, starting from just one element and turning it into a very interesting character. Follow me in this lecture, and let's get started. 2. Drawing Simple Shapes: Hi there and welcome to this lecture of how you can easily start drawing cartoon characters, different designs of them by just using two different shapes. We're going to draw a four character, not just the face. And this is meant to help you start drawing without any previous knowledge really. So what do you do here? You just relax. I'm just draw a random shapes, whatever you want. I'm just going to start experimenting. So I'm just going to use a black pen itself. So I'm just going to draw a square forest. And on top of that square, I'm going to draw a triangle. It looks like a house, right? It's not going to be, house is going to be a character. Now I'm going to draw a sphere here. And on top of that, I'm going to draw a small triangle. Here. I'm going to draw another shape. Let this side to draw big triangle here. And you see that I'm using my hand freely to draw these lines. I don't really press a lot. I'm just playing with the form and not trying to just do one line here. I'm just drawing a couple of lines until it looks like a triangle. And I'm going to actually draw square here. Let's do that. Or a rectangular, it looks kind of like a house. Let's start with that. And let's have two other shapes here. Let's rows two spheres, have one sphere here and once here on top. What else can we draw? Let's draw one square here and one sphere on top. So here we have five different characters. We're down to go to the next stage and actually discover who those characters are. And we are going to think about and have an intention of what we want our character to be. So I'm going to do that in the next lecture. Follow me there. 3. Big as a House: Hi there and welcome back. So you're wondering how this kind of figures make out a character. You know that every shape, whatever we see, we actually associate to a different type. And usually when your example, e.g. coal, or how does a strong person look like? If you imagine the person being kind of like, uh, you describe him like a rock, like a big rock or all he looks like a house. It means that the person is large, like a house. You try to find associations to that. You tried to summarize how the person look like. So we're going to do, use the same associations here to design cartoony characters out of these shapes. So this one here that looks like a house. Let's get this description that would set that someone is looking, looks like a house. So we're going to take this triangular shape here to create, to design a face of someone. And to design the face of someone will use a middle line. And this middle line will split the character into symmetrical parts. This will help me to find the place of two eyes and nose and the rest of the body. So I can have it easier than creating the character from that. So to be able to create this character to look like a house, to be bigger, I need to think that the face, the face features should be a rather small, rather comparison to the body. They'll be maybe approximately here. So I'm going to think of a guy who is the large like a house. Let's see, Let's use this, those kind of generalization and draw a nose here and draw the line of the eyebrows over here. So this is going to be the eyes. And I'm going to draw where the eyes are going to be. I'm going to draw another line over here and I'm going to make him have a large chain. I'm going to make the mouth over here and the chin over here. I'm just going to draw this with simple lines like that. Before I start creating this character, what else do I need to know? The body is going to be large like a house, then I need to draw the legs. I'm going to draw two legs here and I'm going to draw another shape where the legs are going to be. I'm going to continue this middle line. So the legs are going to be here and one leg is going to come down here. And another one will be connected with the other corner of the big house. And I'm going to draw the legs, the arms being large like that. This site and this site. And when I want to make the legs look rather junkie, I am going to add a very small fits, just kind of like small black dots, really like black shoes. These are the feet and the arms are going to be like chunky like that. You see when you start to create your cartoony character, you can let your imagination run wild. You can ask yourself these questions and find generalization of who this character really is. There is no right and wrong here. You, the only way you can do it wrong it is by limiting yourself for what you can, you can not do. This is something that I just came up with because of this generalization. Is large like a house. So that's what I used here. So now let's draw the eyebrows. I'm going to draw thick eyebrows, rather wrinkled downwards because he's like I'm angry, chunky guy. And I'm going to do a small eyes like dark black eyes like that small phase. Now, if I had a larger paper, maybe I was going to do other kinds of eyes, but there is no really demands what kind of Isaac gonna do this is going to be the large nose. I already have the middle line for diagnosis. I'm just going to continue him to look more like a nice It's kinda done. You see this just taking shape. The mouth as a line is already good. Because drunk cartoony characters, you're allowed to be pretty minimalistic. You can get to how to draw cartoony character, very simple lines. And maybe I'm going to do some wrinkles here. He's kinda like middle aged man. And because I drew this chain here, I'm going to enhance it. So then I'm going to really continue the head using this triangular line like that. And he's already taking shape. And on top of that, I'm going to add some ears on both sides. He has maybe what he have a hair. Lets me see what shall we do? Well, let him have a chunk of like balding hair, maybe something like that. Like because we eat, this guy is already looking like middle age, so we start adding features of what we might imagine a middle aged man should look like, like with this gene here, we just established that maybe he's not very well-trained. Because if we had another shape, he might be was a guy who is well-trained and he doesn't have the chin like that and he will have different features may be worth add more of a face like that here. That it looks like he has larger neck. Well, let's do that now that I mentioned it, Let's turn this guy from being a chunky guy to rather actually well-trained guy. So the only thing I would add, I will add a rather more chin because if you are a well-trained, you have, your chin is kind of visible. So just adding delta, this simple character, he turns to be to have larger and larger neck. That immediately changed his character. Now, let's have his clothing. What would he wear really? So maybe he would wear a suit. It looks pretty strict. So let's have him wear a suit around his neck. So from now on we just imagine that this is the body. So this is what we can do to dress him up. And adding a suit will add here to the middle line. We will add the costume being meeting here in the middle of his body. And here exactly in the middle. We can even add a tie and have the lines on both sides of this middle line here and shaded black like that. And with the arms have one line here and one line here. We can actually use this line in the middle to mark where the arms are or the sleeves, where the sleeves end. And we can use these chunks here that we did as arms. And we'll just do a slight line here to create the thumb. And that already looks like a cartoony hand. So now we're going to do that. He has this extreme large body and the suit ends here. And from here we have the trousers. So let's define the suit wider wire or square ends, the initial shape that we drew like that. And now, let's shade. You can add maybe some sleeves here, some color on his suit if you want. Some kind of an ancient, ancient guy, E and from a middle aged junky guy to really strict, maybe some kind of bar guard. When you start drawing like that, you can think of the profession that they have or what kind of person it is. And this is going to help you to define more and more who your character is and thus going to help you further in designing a costume to your character. Adding more features, adding more facial features over here. And I'm going to shade this character with very loose lines. You see that I barely, barely touch with my pencil on the paper, my blog of paper. Because the shading, the loss you are with the hands on the paper, the more you just draw a tone, a ton of paper, you don't really make it really black. And this also helps you to ease your hand to draw is you don't have to be so stressed when you drawing is actually the secret to drawing is just to be loose in drawing. What else can we add here? Maybe we can add some dots he has shaved or maybe slightly. As kind of tough Look. We're going to have some beard here and shaped beat that will help him get this more serious or a bodyguard look. And it is pretty much done or first character. And this was only by designing two shapes and having an intention or naming association. Naming association of this character should be. Let's go further into orange, next character and see who this character is. Now, I'll see that, I'll do that in the next lecture. See you there. 4. Drawing a Princess: Hello there and welcome back. Let's go to the next shape and see what kind of character is hidden in this shape. Now, now we talked about someone largest house and here we have another shape that would suggest that maybe, while, maybe this character is also rather large. But this time I'm going to draw a female character. So I'm going to use these shapes and I'm going to use it to draw maybe a character that has a very wide and large dress. So let's see what we get. Why I'm doing this in front of your eyes and I have untrained, I haven't tested this before, is only to show you that you can do anything you want. You have to have an intention. There is no really seriousness to it. You have to take off the seriousness from your drawing if you want to actually loosen yourself, be better in drawing. So let's again split this character into, and that's going to be or a middle line for this character. And I'm going to use all this round shape to have this really large dress of the character. So I'm just going to continue this line and assume that this is the ground water characters standing and the dress is continuing and lower down. Here. I'm going to also connect this part of the sphere with a very, with this where the character is standing and here the dress is going to end up here and the cost is going to be a lot dress. I'm actually going to have the face of the character being really, really tiny. So I'm going to use this part of the character to have her face. Or even I'm going to split it into and have a really tiny, tiny head. And she's going to look like she has these really, really large dress. And from here, I'm going to make a very tiny waist. Why not? I'm going to split this triangle into small part. And actually, I'm going to use this part here as her upper body. She's going to have something like a princess. And I'm going to use the arms here, this part of the triangle being as her arms. So I'm going to maybe draw some large slips. So I'm going to do that part as a large sleep like a princess and use it as a part of her costume like that. Now that I've done that, I see that her face can be even slower, that this part of I actually marked as her face is actually being her Dakota Tosh. How she say that. Yeah. So I'm going to make her face even smaller actually. So I'm going to draw her face even smaller like that. And she's going to have this really large dress. And I'm going to build on her hair as a princess. So I'm going to build on both sides of her face. These large hair like princesses used to have and then, and have it define her neck and use Delta small dots and a small nose. And I'm going to use just eyelashes to defined defined her eyes here. Very, very nice, going to be very small like that. And she's becoming really, really gentle. And I'm going to use this part of the triangle to actually be a part of a costume. I'm going to extend it a little more. And imagine, you know, how they have this huge colors back then. And if you've seen historical movies and TV shows, what I'm talking about here, I'm going to even use that as a part of her costume and do some kind of an ornament that goes down to her waist, enhances. It. Just builds this huge dress. You see. And her arms, her hands are going to be very gentle hands over here. So I'm just going to make her hands being just small triangle. You see that? Because you're drawing cartoony characters, they don't have to be anatomically correct. They can be very, very simplified. And I'm going to shade those sleeves here. Because when we started drawing this triangle, we already see that as a shape. But now you see that when we use the parts of the triangle as the sleeves, we need to start seeing doubts as an option in Stat. And I'm going to draw the design of this dress here. You know, they had huge rings around the dress to make the dress look bigger and bigger. And basically that's how a lot of Princess clouds are designed in the Disney movies. And I'm going to define here where the dress is ending. Work with a little drapery. Here. You can actually design whatever you want. You can have the dress being, having this pattern design with some dots. You can have flowers. You can choose whatever you want to have on a dress. But this is up to you. And you see that we had almost the same shapes. We just had a different intention and we decided to go for it, to go for the big dress. We had no idea what to do even with a triangle here are going to be a head order or they're gonna be we didn't know. I didn't know. You didn't know with me. So now, from this simple shape, we have a princess and we have basically two different characters. We have a chunky guy and then Princess here out of this simple shapes. So let's go ahead and continue with the next shape and see what we're going to get there. Do that in the next lecture. See you there. 5. Drawing a Doll: Hi there and welcome back. Are you excited to see what this character is going to be like? Yeah, me too, I don't know yet. But let's start experimenting. Let's start thinking about it. And this to me, looks a little bits like to legs, two legs together. So I'm going to do, I'm going to start from the legs. I'm going to start from the legs. I'm going to find, let's find the middle line. We're going to do all these characters upfront. So it's easier for you to get used to, to this perspective, this symmetry thing. And if you're a beginner, it's kind of, you know, you have this sorted out. So just get along and just go where the character, who the character is so you don't have to think about the symmetry. So let's have this character. Having my hole is going to be this has, he has or she has legs like that. And let's have the face being here, like using this part of the character. And this part has this long face. So let's have this large face. And I'm very, very tiny body. And let's use this part of the triangle as the hair of the character. And this character already looks like a child's because it has this large head. And children has their large heads in proportion to their bodies. So I'm going to do this kid here and it's going to have a really chunky she, she's going to have a really chunky body, like small body. And this is going to be the trousers and the feet. And this design can be really, really simplified. You don't really have to have fit. You can design it with just shapes. And you can say that this design are going to have the shoes, the feet being just the lower part of this fear that we round at. Now, we use the actually the triangles just as a holder of the shape we are actually doing. That's what we decided. I decided eventually anew with me. And I'm going to use this shapes as her arms. And I'm going to round that out a little bit like that. And this part of the body is going to end up here. And I'm going to do two separate really large pony tails that looks like spheres like that. And they're going to be connected with some kind of bar here by hand. And this is kind of my character. Now, let's design her features. She's going to have large eyes. So this is the middle line and I'm going to have her eyes be on each part of this split line. And I'm going to do all the ice rather large. And I'm going to make a tiny mouse and our Smiley face. I'm just a line to create her smile. Now, let's design her pupils. And usually when you have cartoony little kids, you can draw their eyes a little bit cross-eyed. They're not going to look cross-eyed when you draw them. Done. They're going to look cute, like on puppies or on babies. They have a little bit of a cross ties. And when you design the characters like that, you make your character look small, cute, cartoony, like a cartoon basically. So I'm going to refine the eyes. And then I'm going to draw like a doll, large lashes, three lashes like that. And I'm going to make define her mouth as well. I'm going to make a small Sphere on top of her mouth and on the bottom of CML. Because now I established that the spheres everywhere on her design. And I'm going to fill them up with the pencil shade. And she becomes more like a doll. And I'm going to do these corners of her mouth like chicks really. So she looks even cuter. And I'm going to now start to refining who this character is really finding her face a little smaller. And you see I can draw on top of the lines and I'm not really scared of that because this is experimentation. You experiment with your character design. And that's how you really free yourself to do whatever you want. When you don't know what you want to draw. Because if you know what you want to draw, to start with, you limit yourself and you get scared and I can't draw it out or I can draw this well done, draw it. Start with drawing like nothing and see what it looks like to you and name it later on, what it looks like. So I'm going to draw this chunky arms now and they're not going to finish here what our triangle was. Because I see how her body looks like now, every shape that I draw is actually leading me to the next shape. I'm going to draw some tiny sleeves over here. And I'm going to actually draw a little skirt over here like that. And I'm going to make here the neck. And what else? I'm going to draw her fingers like that as a part of her arm. She doesn't have an arm and she doesn't have a hand, like defined hand, but the hand will be a part of this design. So she looks like a, really like a doll. And you can either use it maker, a real doll. If you're e.g. designing a book or a movie, this can be a doll to someone who is there or this can be a design of your book. Real character. And I'm going to fill up her pony tails. So they are a part of the head. And now I'm using this circular movement over and over to signify how the hair is moving here. Like a swirl ring, wind swirling swirling hair. I'm sorry. I can't say that. I'm going to fill up the hair a little more now that I know how my character looks like. And I'm going to give these ornaments of the dress because I see that this is a repeating pattern for the mouth where the hair with the, with the feet. I see that. Black spheres or how spheres as a repeating pattern on my character. So I can add it as part of the design. Because when you design something, you try to have an overall look that is similar to one another. So if you have some repeating patterns of why you do things, you can try to put them somewhere else as well. And I'm going to have the same design here on the sleeve, like that. Here. Now we have the dress and now I'm going to shade it. A dress with this color. It looks really like a dress like that. And now we have this little girl here. I'm, we started with just a triangle and a square, or a little rectangular. And we have a brand new design OHs, completely different from each other, from our other two other designs. And this is like how you do it. I hope it was fun because it is important to be fun so you can continue doing it. So if it was fun and if you feel like doing it, follow me on the next lecture for the other two characters. But first, let's start with just one of them. Let's not do two-in-one. So this one is waiting for us in the next lecture. Follow me there. 6. Drawing a Clown: Hello there and welcome back. Ready to do another character. Now, let's actually design here. Let's see what we got. So let's start with the middle line. And what I have a feeling of here is kind of doing something like a clown, a clone kind of character. And so what do I need to do now if I want to turn these shapes into Cloud? So what does the Cloud? Let's start with the question, what does the clown has a large nose? Let's do the large nose and let's do the math. I even can see this line here being like a mouth. So let's do the mouth of the clown. And let's make the nose dark. So we really see the clown here. And now I'm going to refine the head over here. And I'm going to do the eyes of the cloud, cartoony clown on the middle part of the line. One, I hear and I need to see approximately the same, the same distance from one eye to the other. And again, let's make the eye, the eye is being kind of like cross tied a little bit in the middle. Or clown becomes really, really cute. And here we have the beginning of our clown. Let's have his eyebrows here. And the mouth. Maybe we will have this, the clouds have this large mouth. So let's start with that and then continue with the rest of the cloud because we can, we can start from anywhere, we can start from association. And when we name it, we can add up features that we know this character should have. And we can go one feature at a time. We don't have to have figured out the whole figure at once. And that this is what this exercise is about to meet you. Released the mass of what something has to be or has to be done. So now let's refine the head. Again. It's already there, we have it. Let's have the clown has this big, big ears. Big ears like that on both sides. What else does the clown hub? Funny hair. Let's design of funny, funny hair for the oral clown. So just have some hair sticking out like that. How much of a hair do you want? Do you want the hair like dots or do you want of lab hair? It's really up to you. Do you want a curly hair that you can do? Yeah. Why not? You can also have a curly hair. I just start seeing it like that. Trust your instinct really how you see things. You shouldn't judge yourself usually don't say I will not write. Everything that you do is write for this moment, it leads you to something else. So trust your instinct and do not put yourself down by saying things like Dell saying negative things to you. Because it's inspiration. Imagination is really a process of discovery. It is not a process of knowing what to do and just doing it is a process of discovery. And the more you are free from the perception of how things should be done. The Fria you are and the more you unlock your imagination and the right things should come. Later on, it will push you to draw things. And there will be more and more, right? But within character design, you can have, especially with cartoony characters, you can have a character looking any way you want. So now I'm going to use the part of this body to be this chunky character. And I'm going to have him standing on one leg. So I'm just going to add some fee some legs and I'm going to add some tiny legs. So he's rather around to character. And a leg should look, but it looked like triangle. What else does A clump have large, large shoes. I'm going to draw one sphere here, which is the part of the character shu. And why this, this line ends Really. I imagine this is the floor, e.g. what is it actually connects the leg with the shoot and how would this should be is going to be like kinda like a square really. Yeah, like that. Like a rectangular, slightly curved. And this is connecting to this shape here, this fear here. So one leg is done. Let's imitate data and do the other leg. The other leg is on the other side looking the same middle line here. And also we have that sorted out. So shoot number two. Let's do another sphere here for the shoe number two. And I mean, this is a little bit further away even on line drawing. So to push it further in, I just start drawing more gray area on this side. So it's similar. It's okay. I don't have to start from the beginning. I just make this sphere be more defined on this side. And eventually, when I thicken this lines, my viewers will not see. That's my sphere. The sphere has been a little bit further away from the, from the center, from this middle line. And let's do another rectangular dot connects this part of the shoe with a big, big, big sphere. The front of the character's shoe, the leg. Let's define it now with the thicker lines. The only way to make the character come to life after you have done all these jostling, all these measuring and deciding is just whatever you see the line, it'll just draw them thicker and then they will become this character basically. So what else does too scared when they have these shoes are black. So maybe they have lists here and here. And they have really large, I don't know, socks, this funny, funny socks that are up to here. And then they have this black trousers. Let's do the black trousers so far we have no hands with them, have no arms. We don't have to have it immediately. And I'm going to have the arms come from here and they're going to be really, really thin. And he's going to have put his hand on his waist basically. And I'm going to do the same here. So just do a line like that. This is going to be the author of sphere here. And these are his arms. While you're wondering, how are these his arms, I'm going to show you how easy it is to use this health lines to draw arms, legs, anything, anything. So this sphere is a hand, and within this sphere or an ellipse is contained, it looks like your palm. You can generalize everything with very simple shapes. So when you have your hand on your hips, you basically, you know, it's hard to imagine, but this is also a cartoon character. So he's hips can be really large and you can just put half spheres as our fingers. It can be even three fingers. And here as well, and a thumb, fingers. And he has put his arms on his body. And now let's do his arm coming from here. And actually being just kind of like a, like a sausage. Because it is a cartoony character. And as a cartoony character and design, you can do anything you want and it's simplifying whatever shapes you come up. You can always simplify them to look easier to draw, simple and just be consistent with them. So I'm going to draw the sleep being over here and this one over here. And now we have really or clown with his hands on his waist. And now what is left to do? If basically his body and this is his waist, then we are going to have a really high waist with big buttons over here, 1.2. And here we are going to have this big trousers and maybe some kind of our belts. So I'm going to design like this square like they put on a belt and where the belt is, like sitting tight on his trousers. Some kind of a design like dots. And let's now color or shade. It's not color. It's called shading. When you draw with pencil and shade, the trousers black, so they are the same color as this part here. So easy with easy lines drawn on top of it. So you have so you get this gray shading, which is not as strong, should not be as strong as the lines that you do weigh the top of the pencil. Because these lines are basically defining your character. Where are the boundaries, where are the outlines of your characters, features and shading there, giving a tone of that. This part is a different color. It's not the same color as the hens, e.g. let's shade the shoes. The shoes should be black. And if you're doing that character, you are transferring it Dan to some digital program. Maybe you're doing it on the iPad with some other program. Then you can add other colors to it. But your character is pretty much done. And you see we have doodled around. We have messed up the drawing. And yet still you get, you get to see a nice design of our Cloud. That's because that's what we decided. Not. Now let's continue with our last character and see what we can do with those two shapes here. I'll do that in the next lecture. See you there. 7. Drawing a Fairy: Hello people and welcome back. I hope you had some coffee or juice or whatever you want to drink. You're refreshed and you're ready to discover what this shape is. As a character. You see that we have now four characters, completely different design, completely different characters. You see how easy it was just to have this shapes as guidelines and just add to it. So as strange as it seems, there is actually also a character in this guy here. And I'm kind of like thinking, What shall it be? Where the square face. Let's do some kind of bomb. Know what, what kind of character can we have here? And if you don't know what character you have, you can start just those links. You can start by just by splitting this line, the middle line. And what you can do. Now, if this is another method, It's just trying to start by drawing something. You don't know what, I'm just going to follow my instinct and just draw a large here. I'm going to draw, draw a hair like that. This is when you don't know what you want to do. Okay? So now this actually reminds me of some kind of a guy that has this hair with a long nose. Okay. So I have the hair now. I'm going to have the long notes. That's the only thing I know. Let's draw a nose. We have the middle line will have the nulls over here. So I'm going to have these nodes being really long. So from here and here, and on the other side, like that, it's just a few brushstrokes really. So this guy, now, let's have, because we have the nose here and it's really long. So whatever the nose ends from there, starts the eyebrows. Eyebrows start from here, is obviously now a guy. It looks like a guy. So let's have some eyebrows where the nose ends and see what we get. This is also a playful exercise for you to do. If you don't know what the character is, start with no, start with, I'll start with anything. And now I'm going to have these large eyes here. Like that, puffy eyes. It looks kind of like slippy. So because you look sleepy, I'm going to draw his eyes being sleepy. That's because now I mentioned sleepy. That's how it looks like to me. Now. What else? And now I want to have his or his mouth being sleepy. And I'm going to have a little bit of a slippery mouth on beyond, beyond the nose. And now that I think about being slipping, now, this doesn't look to me like a hair anymore because this looks like to me like a night cap, like a hat. Let's do that. Let's make this thing that we actually draw, drew like as a hair being his night. He's preparing to slip like that. Now we have his face here being sleepy. And this is the shape that we draw. And even, even this shape here that is actually not so around. It actually is good for this character. So it makes his face look, look a little bit more tired and sleepy. And what else can we draw? Well, let's draw his ears from under the hat. And let's draw chunks of hair from his knight hat. He's ready to sleep. And what else does this happen? While Nino, they have this this Randy, this striped hat with maybe it's a red and white dots. And let's have it here. I mean, this guy is getting funny. Who is this character? This character. He is preparing just a random guy, a guy that we don't know. He's preparing to sleep. And because he's preparing to sleep now we know that this is his body. Is, this is his body here. And we're going to have his legs being over here. And what else does he have? Maybe he has very, very small, small legs. It doesn't matter if you character has tiny body and small legs. This is going to be a part of his character, his character design. This is allowed in in cartooning. So he has this very, very small and maybe a little bit legs like sausages. We drew this leg and what else do we need to do? We need to do the same leg on the other side of our middle line. Like that. So such kind of leg. And he has his what does he have more? He has his slippers because he's gone to bed, drove sleepers and slippers you draw by us here, here. Here, here. It is kind of similar to that. And if the ground is here, you draw the ground. And what else? These legs is finishing over here. You just connect this part of the leg with the with the round thing in this part of the leg with a round thing here. And the leg is finishing here. And that is the slipper. What is connected? This is the beginning of the sleeper one and the beginning of the other slipper that it's so easy. Everything you want to describe your gels describe with simple shapes. Now he has his pyjamas and I'm going to now to fight this pyjamas and go to sink back here. And his pyjamas is also kind of like striped fish, like belts. And this one is also this red stripes. And here he is. Actually maybe let's make him a going to sleep by having his little teddy bear in his hand. Isn't that funny? That would be really funny. Don't you think? So what do we do? How do we make this teddy bear out of this? So maybe if this pajama thing is kinda meeting here in the middle, then and he has this big, big color and this one like that. And now he has this big maybe his arms are also like sausages. Some making his arms being long as sausage. And I'm going to draw one line here, one line here as a search, and then they go all the way down. Why not? This is a good question for you to ask. Every time you come up with some new brain comes up with something. Because inspiration is where your imagination lead you to something. It's not, something is not used thinking crazy. This is your imagination leading you to something. And you say, Oh my God, this is crazy. Just crazy people come up with that. And it's like, no, no, this is a part of my imagination. Just trust that and do it. And it's allowed in cultural new drawing will have his hands over here. Holding. The hands are like another spheres. And he is having his thumb here. Also another sphere with Tom. And here is the hand of a teddy bear. Teddy bear is on the ground. So this is the arm of the teddy bear. Dislike a little bit. Maybe. It went outside of what we did, but this is how your imagination lead you to something else. So arms up teddy bear, head off teddy bear, body of teddy bear. And we don't see basically the other part of TeddyBear, ears of TeddyBear. Middle line of teddy bear knows of TeddyBear also another sphere. Eyes of teddy bear knows of teddy bear and MAO of teddy bear. Done, done. That's easy. It's not easy. Don't make it very complicated. And now what do you need to do is basically just refine those lines, enhanced them, and look at our character. Now. It's a guy that maybe he lives alone. He never grew up and kind of reminds me of the speaker balmy group. This guy and this guy, he never grow up. Now, let's, let's do the other arm first. He has his fingers here, the thumb here, and maybe he's holding his arm like doubts. And justice finger here. And it is enough for darker now to have the arm look like he's holding it tight. And that's it. Now what is left to do is you need to make his pajamas. Pajamas. Is his his pyjamas the same way as this one? Or does he have another kind of pattern? This is up to you to decide. And what am I going to think of now? Because if he has these pajamas like this one, I think well, if all of him is like that, maybe more look like a prisoner. So actually, I'm going to make that he has different kind of pattern here. And it's maybe some big and small dots. So a small dot here and a small dot here, just to have it more playful as a design. And so he doesn't, because we don't have color to help our design. We just have black and white with a pencil. So if it doesn't, we don't want him to look like a prisoner, but we want this character to look like a grown-up child. I mean, he never grew up. He is the guy who still feels like a child. He sleeps with his teddy bear here. And he is also a little sad. This guy, maybe sleepy. Now we set, he was slipping. And you can, you can talk about your characters, who they are. And the more you talk about your characters, you discuss them in your head. And if you have, maybe if you have children, it's very easy to do because you can talk to them and they'll come up with something. Don't ignore it. Don't just say, well it's crazy. Try it out on your characters. It has wings. While John say, well, no, just draw the wings and see where it leads you. Where it leads you imagination or not. These are our buttons. That's how I started to draw them. So I'm drunk or some kind of a button like, I don't know, pattern here to make them look more like buttons. And not just like spheres. Yes. So yes. So whatever comes to mind. I mean, try it. Why not him having wings? Well, let's, let's even do that. Let's have him have this fairy wings. Well, maybe he is a sleepy night ferry. Why not? This one here and this one, this one here. And then other stories start coming to mind of who this character is. Because every drawing, every thing that you do will lead you to think of something else. And we'll have you improve your character design. And your storytelling. And storytelling and character design goes hand in hand. And now you are no longer worried about whether you can or you cannot draw your free to draw whatever you want and you're free to experiment. And now let's have this swings. Look this, you know, like the bugs have this wings. They are transparent and they have this very tender. I don't know. What have I done on gaba biology of the wings, but you know what I mean? I'm showing it to you. These kind of patterns of a fly's wings. And that's what I did just because I mentioned, and now it starts getting interesting. It's a ferry. It's a fairy guy who lives somewhere. Where does he live? I'm in the story never ends so much. You can explore Some now. As you see, we started our lecture by randomly drawing shapes, five shapes, two different shapes in one goal. And from these five different shapes, we gave them intention. Or we started by talking about what these shapes, what those shapes symbolized. And from there, it led us to design a character, a guy or girl. And from the design of that character, we also, it also led us to explore the elements, the specifics of the design like small feet here, the legs that are rounded and hence that are a part of this very simplified design to designing a clown and even a ferry. And I started this character by completely different exercise because actually I didn't know what to do with that. I didn't know. I started and I explored the idea by just start drawing hair. It turned out not to be a hair, but just throwing this shape hair and a long nose and it led us to this guy that is actually a fairly, I would never have come up with this character if I didn't follow my train of thoughts and I encourage you to do more of these exercises. Do not ignore your inspiration. To not ignore your dots. Pick them up and followed up them in. Follow them up in your design and see where it gets you. Because you will unlock your creativity and the drawing part will not be a problem anymore. I hope you had fun and comments, a review my class if you like it, that will help me make more classes. And I have a lot of more classes in there. If you're interested in learning more about cartoon characters or how to draw and how to sketch people. Just go in my profile and learn more. I'm happy that you're here with me. I wish you a lot of inspiration. Have fun, and enjoy your drawing process. I'll see you around.