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How to Draw Cartoon Characters : A Complete Character Design Crash Course for Beginners

teacher avatar Sunit Kumar, Artist and Animator

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:24

    • 2.

      Let's Build Some Shapes

      5:18

    • 3.

      Transform Shapes into Character faces

      8:45

    • 4.

      How to Use Facial Part Reference Guide

      2:41

    • 5.

      Character Emotions Guide

      5:17

    • 6.

      Character Looking at Different Angle

      7:32

    • 7.

      Lighting and Shading Basics

      3:11

    • 8.

      Pose Analysis

      4:53

    • 9.

      Let's Build our very first Cartoon Character

      7:15

    • 10.

      Expression Guide and Digital Version of Our Cartoon Character

      2:25

    • 11.

      How to Draw full body Cartoon Characters

      10:24

    • 12.

      Let's Draw a Complete Scene

      4:30

    • 13.

      Closing Thoughts

      0:45

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About This Class

If you can draw any Shape or Just a Stick figure then definitely you can draw anything. 
Don't have any Idea about Character Drawing / Design. NO WORRIES

Welcome to this Cartoon Character Design Crash Course for Beginners.


We'll start from the very basics like building the foundation and moving forward we'll cover all necessary concepts, and at the end of this course, you'll be able to create your very own Professional looking cartoon character. Which you can definitely add to your Portfolio.

What You'll Learn

  • Shape Building - We'll build few random shapes to get control over our drawing hand.
  • Characters form shapes - We'll Transform different character faces from any shape.
  • Facial Parts reference guide - I'll provide you with a guide that you can use to develop your characters and it's as easy as Playing with Lego Blocks.
  • Character Emotions - From happy to Excited we'll cover each emotion and create an emotion guide, which we can use for any character.
  • Different views - Together we'll observe and draw different views for our character.
  • Lighting and Shading / Coloring - I'll show you how does the lighting works, how to shade and color any scene or just the character.
  • Pose analysis - There can be many different poses, and I know how hard it can be to think of poses, so I'll teach you how to Analyse reference images and draw different Poses easily.
  • Building our very own  Cartoon Character - Together we'll make our very first character, using our imagination and Some given Scenarios.
  • Full Body Character - T-Pose or A-Pose we'll cover differences and create a full-body for our character which we made earlier.

In the end, we'll combine all the knowledge we have a create a complete scene.

All Chapters have their own Practice Assignments, if you just follow along with this course and Complete the Assignments, You'll Be Able to Transform your Ideas into Professional-looking Characters.

                             

To Follow this Course You'll only Need Paper, a Pencil, an Eraser, and any Color of your own choice. You can also follow this course using any digital drawing tablet, it's totally up to you. Even if you're working with different tools, All tips and techniques will still apply to your process.

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Sunit Kumar

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1. Introduction: Hello, and welcome to this course. In this course, we are going to learn all about cartoon character design starting from scratch. You'll be creating your own cartoon characters. I'll just walk you through the whole process. This may sound intimidating to you, so let me just be very clear. If you can draw simple shapes like square, triangle, circle, or any simple shape, or just a stick figure, then definitely you are good to go with this course. Talking about this course, this course is designed in a way that will start from the very basics, and at the end of this course, you'll be able to create, you'll be able to think of your own cartoon characters without even looking for any reference, without looking anywhere else. Talking more about this course, we'll start with drawing random shapes, and we'll transform them into characters. In consecutive lessons, we'll create our very first cartoon character and an expression guide for that character. Moving forward, we'll cover some important concepts like post-analysis, lighting, and shading. At the end of this course, we will combine all the knowledge we have and wrap up this course by creating a complete scene. I hope you join me in this fun journey of learning cartoon character design. See you in the course. 2. Let's Build Some Shapes: In this lesson, we'll start drawing from the main basic. First thing I want to talk about is basic shapes. I know everyone is starting at a different place. Maybe you have some experience drawing in the past. Maybe you are approaching this as a hobby or you just want to give it a try and have some fun with it. Or you really want it as a career option. At whatever place you are, I want to say, don't be scared. We'll start from the very scratch and then build up from there. Without wasting any time, let's dive right in and start drawing. Let's start by drawing some basic shapes. Firstly, I'm going to draw a square. Just follow me and try to make all those lines as straight as possible. Now a circle, then we'll make a triangle. If you're not able to draw the shapes much smoothly, or if you are making deformed shapes. Don't worry. After all, it's your first time. Just draw slowly. With time, you'll be able to create these shapes much faster. Let's draw some random shapes. I'll draw whatever shapes comes in my mind. Just feel free to experiment and while drawing, try to get your strokes as smooth and steady possible. Try to get control over the strokes you are drawing. With time and a bit practice, you'll be able to draw all these shapes much quickly. Moving up to the next shape, we'll draw few more random shapes. I have a tip for you. Whenever drawing any shape or anything, just try to draw it with your shoulder or whole hand, not just with your wrist. Just move your whole hand using your shoulder. See my hand, I am moving my whole hand, not just the wrist. There are many benefits to it. There is a lower risk of straining your wrist. You can draw long strokes. You can work quickly and loosely, and there are many other benefits. I hope you got my point. Let's draw another random shape. One other very important thing to keep in mind, whenever you draw anything, try to draw it in one stroke. What does one stroke exactly mean? It means draw without lifting your pen from the paper. This is one stroke. Let me show few other examples from the above. This is one stroke square. You can draw slowly, but make it in one stroke. You can draw each of these shapes in one stroke. Some shapes can have difficult drawing movement, but you can definitely draw it in a stroke. Here is a first practice assignment. What you have to do is you have to make each of these shapes at least four times and try to draw as fast as you can, but in one stroke. Moving next, let me draw a vertical oval shape. Let's draw this. Moving next, we'll make another oval shape, but with some triangular touches. Lets draw. The last one, we'll make a very random shape. It looks like a bulb holder to me. Here are our 13 different shapes which we made. You can definitely try your own variations and combinations. Just feel free to experiment. In upcoming lessons we'll start building some characters over these shapes on. Trust me, that will be the easiest thing you can ever imagine. But before that, let me give you a quick recap of your practice assignment. What you have to do is you have to make each of these shapes or any shape you want at least four times. Why you have to do that? Because it will give you control over drawing much nicer stroke and your drawing. That's the whole purpose of this lesson. Let me quickly show you how you can draw your assignments by giving you a quick example. I'm going to draw this square as quick as possible in one stroke. This is how you can draw a square in one stroke. For starters, you can draw it slow, like this. Now. Let me show you a circle. This is how you're going to complete your whole assignments. In upcoming lessons, we'll start building our own characters over these shapes on. 3. Transform Shapes into Character faces: In this lesson, what we're going to do is we're going to make basic faces over these shapes. We are going to transform these shapes into characters. You can try your own combinations, just feel free. Let me take my marker and then let me start drawing. I'm going to draw very simple eyes. You can see these are very simple things which I'm drawing, some ears, lined doodle here, a big nose, and a line mouth. I'm going to do the same with each of these shapes. You can try your own combination as I said earlier. Now, I'm going to draw the same dotted eye and very simple eyebrow. I'm not making any fancy character, I'm just using the basics. Just basic eyes, some nose, some mouth, small ear. You can try your own size of ears also. Just try different combinations. Now you'll find differences. Like for this one, if I am making the hair like this, currently it's looking like a boy. But what if I make a ponytail? This boy character will look like a girl. Adding small details will change your character. Let me draw the neck. Changing small details will change all of these characters. You can draw the same. Let me play with eye, I am going to make a black big circular eye but another eye a black small circular eye, just see, and a big ear, as I said earlier, put a small ear, and some curly head. Now, this is also looking a good character, and what I did is just made some small changes. Let me now move to our next character. This time I'm going to make eyes a bit shifted to the top, and our little ear. Let me play with a long eye and eyebrow, a big nose, and small O kind of mouth. Now for this character, some curly hair. It's looking good, dotted eye, and small nose, and a happy mouth. Let me draw the neck for each of them. These are our first five characters. Now moving next, for this I'm going to play with eye. Let me make a big circular eye, but in that, I'm going to add a dotted eye, so in other area is white portion and other dotted area is the main eye. You can definitely try this kind of eye also. Let me draw the ears, and doodle hair, a nose, a mouth. This is another character. Moving to the next character, I'll do the same. If you are feeling stuck at a position, try every tip, and it's very simple. What you have to do is make mistakes and do one thing, is just draw. Just draw whatever you are coming up with, draw. There's the thing. Just don't stop, just draw. Whatever combinations are coming in your mind, just draw it, just feel free, it's cartooning, it's not something very serious. You have to open your brain, you have to open your hands to draw. Try different combinations. Try your head. Like for this character, this shape is a bit deformed, so whenever I will draw the eye or whenever you will draw the eye or mouth, and the whole shape, it will look like it's looking to another direction. Now for mouth, what I'm going to do is, I'm just going to draw a line. It will look like a teeth. Just small changes can look different. For our head, I'm just going to add some tension marks and a small ear. Just see, small changes can make our character look different. For this shape, this shape looks very harsh, so I'm going to draw box kind of everything. But for here I'll try a different combination. Just look at the ear, It's like box shape. But here I'm going to draw a circular one. But for mouth I'm going to add teeth. For teeth, I'm just going to draw a line just as exactly like a grit. This character is a bit oval, so I'm going to try a long nose. You can also try very small kind of nose and everything, which I'm going to try on the next character as the shape is a bit similar. Let me just draw the ears and some hair. For this character, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to draw eyes, mouth, ears small, but the hair and the head portion bit big as compared to other proportions. Just like this, now you can see the head is very big. Let me draw hair. As you can see, this character is currently looking like a boy. But let me complete by drawing the ears. To make this character into a girl character, what I'm going to do is, just add some hair. By adding some extra details, you'll be able to transform your character into a different gender, from male to female, female to male. But we'll dive deep into it once we complete this last shape. Just complete this last shape. For this last shape, you can see the bottom part is big, so what I'm going to do is, I'm going to draw the mouth a bit bigger. You can definitely try a small mouth also. Just feel free to experiment. There is no such rule that you cannot draw a small mouth on a big shape or big mouth on a small shape. There is nothing like that. Here are our very first different 13 cartoon characters, which we basically made from basic shapes, or just simple shapes. I think it was not that difficult even for you to draw these shape. If it was difficult for you to draw these characters, don't worry, what you have to do is to practice as many times as you can. Moving next, what we are going to learn is how to transform our character to boy to girl by adding some hair. Although you can try different things like a nose pin or a mustache to our character to make it look like a boy or more masculine character. But I'm just going to add hair. Now, this is looking like a girl character. Now add hair for this character also. This is also looking like a girl but by mistake, I forgot nose for this character, but it was looking good without nose also. This is how you can transform your characters into boy or girl by adding some accessories or some small details. In next lesson, what we'll learn is I'm going to give you a set of different eyes, set of different ears for these different shapes, which you can combine together and make your own characters. For assignments, what you have to do is you just have to practice these characters with your own style, your own taste, as many times as you. 4. How to Use Facial Part Reference Guide: For this lesson, I have already prepared a guide of different facial parts for you. You can definitely download this guide from the description of this video. What we are going to do is, we're going to use this guide and combine different facial parts to make our character. For example, let me draw ears for this here, as it is here, initially there is no shape. Let me draw a shape. Now let me choose a mouth. Whenever making a character, you need some different noses, different ear for reference. You can use this guide. You can definitely make your own guide of your own eyes, noses, everything but just for your help, I'm just giving you a reference guide, which you can definitely use to make your own characters. Let me choose this one for the eye. As you can see, this is now looking like a character. We just have to draw some eyebrows and put a nose. Let me choose eyebrow, this one looks good for this character. You can definitely try different ones, if you want. For nose let me choose this one. Here is our very first character, which we may use this character reference guide. I want you to try these different parts to make your own different cartoon characters. Let me give you another example. For example, I'm going to draw this boy character or else I can make a girl character. First a shape, define a shape then a mouth, then ear is already made. Just pick different variations, for example this nose. Lets me choose this eye and here is our character. For this character, I'm not going to draw the eyebrows. Just feel free to experiment. Here is your assignment. What you have to do is you have to use these different facial parts to create your own variations of character. Make characters and please send those characters to me. You can definitely make your own character reference guide, means new eyes new noses, everything. You can definitely make your own character reference guide or you can use this one, and use the shapes we made earlier, and definitely I would love to see the characters you made. Please send them to me. 5. Character Emotions Guide: We already have a reference guide for facial part. In this lesson, we are going to draw our very own cartoon emotions reference guide or character emotions reference guide. What does it exactly mean? It means characters have different emotions to solve. For example, happy, sad or mean. Let me just start by drawing some squares. I'll make a few squares. I'm not caring about how it looks. I'm just trying to draw it as fast as I can. Just to get control over my drawing and it's a practice to draw these squares in one take. It means in one stroke. What we'll do is, we'll make faces over these different squares and we'll change a bit like eyebrows, then mouth and it will change the character emotion. I want you to see what changes you can make to make our character look different from one emotion to another emotion. Let me just quickly fast-forward this part of the video and we'll start drawing different character emotions. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to start drawing different character emotions. Let me start by drawing a happy face. Just draw the eyes, a simple nose. But for mouth, make it like a curved mouth so it looks like it's smiling. For eyebrows, we can also do curved eyebrow, so it's looking like it's very happy. This is our happy face. I want you to observe each and every small details which we are changing and by this method, you'll be able to understand and create your own variations of character emotions. You'll observe for each emotion like happy, sad, shy, any emotion. I'm just going to change a bit of eyebrow and mostly the mouth. These two, in my experience, can make your character look very different in emotion. Let me draw an angry face. Let's just observe the small details. When a person is angry, he's upset about something. To show the upset face, we're going to draw a downward curved mouth and eyes. But currently, it looks more like sad, just sad. We'll draw simple eyebrows. He'll look like sad character, but for this, we want to make him angry. Draw the slanted eyebrows and currently looking like our angry character. You see. Now moving next we are going to make a sad character. Sad is very simple just the same thing like angry character, but with eyebrows, we're going to make outward slanted. Now he's looking like sad character. Just see the minor differences. Just changing the eyebrows we can make them look different from angry to sad, sad to angry. Just observe you'll find these similarities in many character emotions. Happy, smitten, tired. But any emotion we are drawing, you'll find this similarity. Moving to the next emotion, we are going to draw a shy character. Let's just draw shy character. Let me just draw the nose. I'm going to draw a small smile and eyes are slanted eyebrow and a curved eyebrow just to show our character is feeling shy. If you are not comfortable remembering these different facial emotions, don't remember, just observe. Moving to the next character emotion, we are going to draw excited face. When someone feels excited, they're very happy. Let me draw a big mouth and show some teeth. I'm just going to draw nose, eyes and when a person is excited, they're happy too so I'm going to draw curved eyebrows, Just see, it have some similarities with happy face, but it's excited face. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm just going to fast-forward this video to the end, where I have already drawn different character expressions or emotions. Here is our assignment. What you have to do is, you have to download this image from the description and just sit down and see the different character emotions. Try to observe the differences between, for example, happy, sad, angry. What are the similarities? What are the differences? You have to observe those differences and similarities. In upcoming lessons, we'll learn about different character view, lightings, heading, and full-body character and much more. 6. Character Looking at Different Angle: In this video, we'll talk about characters looking at different angles, or at different views. For example, if our character is looking at this direction, obviously some parts of the ear will be hidden, some parts will show, or for example, it's looking at this direction. What will change means which portion of the face will be visible and which portion of the face will be not visible. Let me start by giving some examples, I am taking this bulb, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to use this surface as a face, just try to focus on this area. I'm going to draw a face over this, let's start by drawing some eyes. The eyes, a mouth, a nose, and ears. Currently, you are watching this character from the front. Let me draw a reference line so that it will be easy for you to see the rotation of this well. Let me just try it. Nice. For this side also, I have drawn a coordinate system basically, if you don't know about coordinate system it's okay. Basically it's an x and it's a y and it shows a plane. For general understanding, just see the x and y line that cross on the bulb and on the paper. Whenever I'll make changes to the bulb, for example, any views, I'll just do the same to those x and y, and I'll draw on the papers. Let me just quickly show the bulb to you. This is neutral view means when a person is looking at front means, for example, this bulb is looking at the camera. Both the ears are visible, the whole mouth is visible. Now this was the front view, let me just quickly draw the front view for you. I'm just drawing a quick bulb shapes, I'm using circle. F denotes front. Let me just draw both ears because both of the ears are visible, eyes, nose, and mouth. This is our front view. Now moving to the next view. What if our character is looking at slight right? Now our character's looking at slight right, let me just quickly draw our character shape and right side. That's my right for the character it's basically left, but I'm talking with my side. Let me just quickly show you what changes it means, so it was neutral. Now, our character is looking at slight right. As you can see, one ear totally got headed. Now we can only see other part of the ear. Let me just quickly draw this. What happened from moving to front to right side? One is not visible anymore, and the whole face tilted or rotated to the right side. Let me just quickly draw, what if our character's looking at left side? It will be mirrored to the right side, other the ear will be visible, both eyes will be visible, nose, and mouth. It will be left side, let me just quickly show you. Just see, this is neutral, and it shifted to the left side. I hope you are getting my point. Now, moving next, what if our character is looking at top? Let me quickly just draw character shape, then we'll draw what if our character's looking at top? So T denotes top. Let me just quickly show you what changes filled with me. This is normal view. Now our character is looking at top. You can clearly see both eyes, both ear shifted slightly towards the top. Just see. Sifted slightly towards the tot from their natural position. They shifted slightly towards the top. Let me just quickly draw it, I'll start with drawing ears, and you can see I drew the ears slight top, no mouth. Now, the mouth is also shifted a bit. Nose and eyes at the top. Moving next we are going to draw a bottom, what if our character is looking at bottom? B denotes bottom. Let me just quickly show you, this is the neutral position, and now this is bottom. What happened? Our mouth, eyes, and ears now shifted slightly towards the bottom. You'll see shifted slightly towards the bottom. Just see the position. I'm just going to write, mouth shifted towards the neck. Eyes shifted a bit lower with the ears, so this is bottom. These are five important views which mostly we are going to use while drawing a character. I hope you understood the observation skill required to change the views. Now let me just quickly give you a reference guide to remember while drawing different views if you are forgetting what changes. Let me just quickly draw an x, y plane, and what changed? I'm just going to draw all those lines which I drew on the bulb. Let me just quickly draw for each of them, this x, y plane for each of them. For top view also, just see and observe all the slight changes which took place and try to compare all those changes in-between this file. Let me just quickly draw a coordinate system and this system, front view or neutral view, then the person is looking at is okay, so moving next, let me draw our character while it's looking slight right, whenever it's looking to the right. This is how character will look. This is the eye and only one, it will be visible. I hope you got it. Let me just quickly draw the left side and let me just quickly draw the eyes, and only other ear will be visible, and this is our left side whenever our character's looking at the left side. What you have do is you have to observe, you can create your own different views, what if our character's looking at top-left? You can create those different variations very easily. I hope you understand the basics and five different views and how to observe the different views, means you can definitely create your own views very easily. 7. Lighting and Shading Basics: In this lesson, we'll learn the very basics about lighting and shading methods. You can use this method to shade your characters while coloring, means after creating a character you need to color it. You'll use this concept. Let me start by drawing a circle. I am just making a 3D ball. Just assume it's a boil. This is a ball. This is the floor. Let me just put a light source on any side you can put, but I'm putting in the left side. Just see, this a light source. Let me give you example using this light bulb. Just see this area. Let me just clean it. Let me just show you closely. Just see. Here's a light. You can see the reflection of light. This area is brighter. Then this area is a bit dull. Then moving to this area, there is the shadow because light source is on the right side. At the bottom there is dull. Let me just quickly put it over there. Now moving to our example. As the light source is on this side, for this side will be white, and at the end it will be shadows or dull. Just see, the area which I'm shading is the shadows. What actually happens is, when the light hits a portion, that is direct light. The potion which light directly hits is the most brightest. Which means gradually till the end, it will become darker. If there aren't many light, situation will be different. You can assume that situation. Let me just quickly smudge this area to show the gradient. Mid area is gray. This area is bright. Light is directly hitting this portion. This area is bright. This is dull, but you can see shadows. The bright area is where the light is directly hitting. This is the area where light directly hits the ball. You can apply this principle to these characters also. For example, if light is there, this is our character. Let me just quickly do the shading for this character. The bottom portion, this will be the shadows, and the top portion will be the bright. Means direct light is hitting on that area. I hope you understood the concepts of lighting and shading. Here is the assignment. What you have to do is you have to play with lighting scenarios, means try different lighting scenarios, and definitely I would love to see your results. Please send them to me. 8. Pose Analysis: Hello, and welcome to this lesson. In this lesson we're going to make different poses for our character. For example, if you're making a scene in that single character doing some certain action, you'll definitely need to pose your character according to that action. To find that action, just Google some reference images. Let me just quickly show you what exactly I mean by reference images. For example, if you want to make your character in a pose of a player playing basketball. Here is an image of a player playing basketball. What exactly have to do is you have to see different body parts and you have to draw. See different body part means, this is the shoulder. You have to draw a stick figure that will be a block out. This is the shoulder for our character, this is the arm, and this is the hand. I'm just drawing it off. This is another arm, this is the hand. Here is the ball and this is the spine. This will be the hip, leg, then joint, leg, foot, leg, and foot. This will be the head. Now, you can see we got a stick figure in a pose of player playing basketball. This is how you have to make black outs. Following this block out, whenever you're drawing your character, follow this block out and make your character in that pose. I hope you're getting my point. Like this. this will be the block out, and this is the rough version of this block out. You definitely have to draw this using pencil. Then draw your main character over this, and then just erase everything. Now moving next, I'm just going to show you another example. For example, your character is happy. What you have to do is you have to find a similar reference images and just draw a stick figure over it, that will be the block out. I'm just going to draw quickly. This will be the happy jump. With this block out, you have to make your character. I hope you got my point. Out of the different reference images and make different poses. With time and with practice, you'll be able to create different poses without even seeing reference images. Here's an assignment for you. What do you have to do is, you have to find different images. For example, like this, different poses and you have to draw your own block out. That's the assignment for you. 9. Let's Build our very first Cartoon Character: Hi, and welcome to this lesson. In this lesson, what we're going to do is we're going to use all the concepts which we have learned till now to create our very first character. We'll be creating the top of the character, means like a portrait. We'll be using different concepts. For example, we'll be using reference guide for eyes, ears, mouth or mouth accessories and much more. We'll be using their basic shapes and we'll draw our very first character, means a complete character. Final professional-looking character. Let's start by drawing the shape, means a basic shape. But before that, let me just show you. As I'm using a pencil. Using a pencil is very nice because it will give you more freedom while drawing rough sketches. Before drawing any character, I would suggest you to draw a rough sketch. For example, let me just draw a quick shape. You don't need to draw it like in one stroke. You just need to draw a rough outline of your character. Just see, I am just drawing a rough shape. Once it is completed, we'll draw over it and we'll use a marker or anything which you like to give the final outline, and then we'll erase these pencil lines. Now, we have almost completed our head shape. In next step, what we're going to do is we're going to select any eye from our character reference guide, which we have created earlier and we'll draw it. Let's start drawing an eye. Before that, just select area where you want to draw the eyes and start drawing. I have selected this eye from our guide, so let's draw the rough sketch, another eye. Here it goes. Nice. Now just draw eyeballs. What we're going to do is just to show it plus we're going to shade it. Just shade. Once the shading will be completed, just to make it look more cartoony, what I'm going to do is I'm going to use eraser and I'll erase some of the part from the shading just to make it look like there is a light reflection. It looks cute. It's up to you whether you want to do it or not. Let me just quickly draw the nose. We'll use a mouth accessory. Just to make this character look cute and mature at the same time, what I'm going to do is I'm going to draw mustache. As this mustache is very big, so his mouth will be not visible. In next step, I'm going to draw ears. Just select any ears from reference guide and draw it. You can definitely try your own combinations. Just feel free to play with it. It's not compulsory that whatever I am drawing you have to draw the same. You can either try big ears or just very small years, or alien ears, whatever you feel like. Just play with your character. Let's draw the eyebrows. I am going with small eyebrows as my goal was to make this character look cute and mature at the same time. In next step, we are going to draw the ear. Just select any ear or you can definitely try your own combinations. I'm repeating the statement again and again. Just try different combinations and variations. Just don't feel like you have to draw the same. Let's just draw the ear. Yeah, this is our ear. Moving next, we'll draw the neck and upper torso of the character. We can also play with the proportions of the neck, whether we want to make it small or whether we want to make it long. It will change the appearance of the character. For this, I'm going to make it small, and I'm going to make this character look cute and mature, as I said earlier. I'm just going to draw the collar, and then we'll draw the sweater. Sweater for this character. This character is our official man, and he wears a sweater. In that, there is a shirt. I'm repeating this again. We can definitely change the appearance according to whatever you want. Just see any reference, and just try to replicate that reference. Here is our very first professional looking character. In next step, I'm just going to use a marker or you can use definitely a pen to draw outline. Let me just quickly draw the outlines. Once the outlining process is completed, we'll erase all those pencil lines. Here is a suggestion for you. While drawing the final draft using a marker or anything, just try to draw all those lines in one stroke itself. Congratulations, we've almost completed our very first professional-looking cartoon character. In next step, I'm just quickly going to erase all those pencil lines and we'll just color it. You can definitely use any colors, any choice of color, whether water color, whether markers or crayons or pencil. I'm just going to fast forward that part. Here is our assignment. What you have to do is you have to color this character using your own imagination. I would definitely love to see your results. Just feel free to play with colors and be creative. 10. Expression Guide and Digital Version of Our Cartoon Character: This is our very first professional-looking character. What I did, I took my time and using some free applications, I just took a picture and using a pen or just finger, I converted it into a digital painting and it's very simple. Let me just quickly show this to you. This is the digital form of this cartoon character. What you have to do is you just have to take a picture using your mobile phone or a tablet or anything, just use any free applications or you can use any paid applications too. But let me just give you a few names of free applications. I used Sketchbook. You can use Sketchbook, it's available for Windows and mobile. Just take a picture and start drawing over it. You can either use a tablet or just using your fingers in your mobile phone, you can get these kinds of presets and it is where you just trace over it using your finger, then fill colors. Moving next, what I did is, I use this emotion reference guide and created a custom emotion reference guide for our other character which we created earlier. For this character, I created a very own character emotion reference guide. Not every motion, but few, like here are 10 emotions. What I did is I removed the mustache from the character just to make different emotions much visible and much easy to draw although it's not a completion. Let me just quickly zoom and show you. This is sad, this is upset, smitten. Let me just quickly show you all of these emotions. This is our very own emotion reference guide for this character. Here is our assignment for this lesson, what you have to do is, you have to make five different emotions, which I haven't created yet, and definitely I would love to see those, so please send me the results. 11. How to Draw full body Cartoon Characters: Hello, and welcome. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to draw a full body character. But before that let me just quickly give you a tip. While drawing a full body character you need to know the character body proportions. Many people find it difficult, like how tall will be the head? How tall will be the body? What you have to do is, you have to draw eight heads like this, each circle defines a head. What I did is I drew eight heads, and these three will be the upper part, and the rest are four, these four will be the leg or the lower part. Are you getting my point? This is just a way to find a character proportion. Obviously, you can modify it according to your need. What if your character is long? Just make it long. But for starters, you can use this. Moving next, while drawing your character, you definitely need a pose. You need to pose your character. I like to draw my character in a T-pose. What is T-pose? Let me just quickly show you. You can definitely find different poses over the Internet, like A pose and much more. How it helps us, are all the parts will be visible to you, so transforming this into another pose will be much easier as compared to if you draw a very complicated pose. For example, you make a pose in which your character is sitting on a bicycle. Some parts will be visible, some parts will be not visible and it will be very complicated. If you want to transform that into another pose it will be much difficult. For that purpose, we'll be drawing our character in T or A or whatever pose you like. Moving next, we're going to start drawing our full body character using this eight head reference. Let's start by drawing the head, and I'll definitely play with the character body proportions according to the character needs. For now, I'm just going to follow this eight head rule. This is the head, and this is the upper body. Here I'll make the legs. I'm just blocking out the character. This is not the final version of the character, it's just a blockout. What exactly is blockout? Blockout is nothing but just a guide. I'm just drawing random shapes as a guide, and I'll draw over these random shapes, the final render of our character. This will be the hand. Let me just draw another hand. This is our character but I think the legs are going to get out of the page, so what I'm going to do is, I'm going to draw. While drawing them indirectly, I'm just going to shift the whole blockout a bit towards the top. Let's just start drawing the final blockout. Already you can see the final character rendering, and once it is done we'll just use a marker and draw the final character over it and it is all those pencil lines. I'm going to fast forward this part where I'm drawing the head because you know how to draw the head. For this character, the next thing I'll do is, I'll draw the upper part but I'm not following the eight head rule because I want this character to look more like a cartoon, not like a real person. What I'm going to do is, I'm just going to shorten the upper body and I want this character head to look much bigger than the character body. Let me just quickly draw the upper part. As you can see I'm not following the eight head rules but while starting I followed it. But I'm now just making some creative changes, just feel free to make creative changes. Now I'm just going to erase all those lines and we'll start drawing the hands. Let me just quickly wipe it. Now, let's start drawing hands. As the upper part is very short, so hands will be slim hands, not that much big hands. This is our hand. Let me just take the measurement. For now, we'll leave the palm. After hands we'll draw the legs. Just copy the same hand. Now moving to the lower part, we'll start drawing the legs. But before that let me just quickly show you a leg that you can make for your cartoons. Let me just quickly draw it. You can draw this leg for your cartoon. But for this character as the hands are really slim, so I want to make the legs very slim, so I'll draw a different leg. Let me just quickly erase it and we'll just start drawing a leg for this character. As I said earlier, I want legs to be slim, so what I'm going to do is, I'm just going to draw two lines. First, I'm just going to draw two lines like this. Now, I'm just going to draw the bank portion. This is the hip portion, you can see, and this is the leg. Let me just draw another. Now let me just draw the boot, and we'll draw the floor. Another boot, and the floor. Moving next, we'll draw the palm for our character. For palm, I like to use my other hand as a reference. For example, if I want to pose my hand it is very easy. I like to have four fingers for my character, you can definitely have five finger. Let me just use my other hand to pose. Let me just draw the palm risen, then we'll draw the fingers. Let me just show you by drawing a marker like how it will look on the character. This is the palm which I drew like a box. Now, these are the fingers, I'll just draw balls fingers. It looks like rectangle. I'm just going to use my hand as a reference, and just going to copy this, the same thing. Just copy your thumb. Now we have completed the palm and you can see how easy it was to draw. I'm just going to mirror this other palm and draw the same for this hand. I'm just drawing the same. Just the mirrored hands. Now, we have successfully completed rough sketch for our character. Now I'm just going to draw the final outline using a marker for this character. Congratulations, now you have made your very first full body character successfully. Now, I'm just going to color it. 12. Let's Draw a Complete Scene: So far we have learned many things and combining all of those things, we created our very own cartoon character. In this lesson we're going to do something same. In this lesson we are going to create a scene using all the knowledge we have. I already have something in my mind. I want a man to sit on a rocket. There it is my scene. I want to make a rocket and on top of that, let me just quickly show how the rocket will look. This will be the rocket and above that I want my man, the cartoon character to sit on that. This is the idea. Let's get started. Firstly, what we're going to do is we're going to draw the block outs. Let's start with drawing block out for the rocket. I want a rocket with a pointy head. I'll just draw a rocket with a pointy head. Moving next, we're going to start drawing a character. Let me just draw a stick figure or you can say block out for our character. You can definitely use some reference images. For example, a person sitting on a bike to see how our character will look when it will sit on the rocket. In previous lessons I have already taught you how to analyze a pose. They can just see a picture convert it into a stick figure, then over that stick figure, that will be a block out, draw your main character. For this character the other leg will be behind the rocket as the character is sitting on the rocket. Just drop leg behind that. Let me just quickly draw the body for our character. I think upper part is looking a bit longer so I'm just going to shorten it. Just use the character reference guide which we made in the earlier lesson. So upper part will be short. Now, let me just modify the rocket head. Now we are in the rough sketching phase so you can definitely modify everything. Now let's start with drawing the hands. While drawing the hands you'll find it difficult how it will grab the rocket. Just use your hands as a reference, like in previous lessons what we did is we saw how our hand will look when doing some activity. This will be the pose. Let's just write a similar pose. With some practice, in few days you'll be able to draw these pose without even seeing any references. It will be much easier for you. Now, the other hand will be behind the rocket. Just like the leg. It's behind the rocket. Now let's start drawing the head. For this character, it will be definitely rotated a bit. One will be much bigger and other will be smaller. You can see this is small here and this is the big here. You got my point, right? Moving next, I'm just going to quickly complete the character face. Then using some references I'm just going to draw the rocket. This is the rough block out for our scene. Now, I'm just going to quickly draw the outlines and then we'll color these rules. Now, we have completed our very first scene. Here is an assignment for you. What you have to do is you have to make this scene all by yourself, fit different color combinations. Just try different color combinations and I would definitely love to see your results, so please, please send them to me. 13. Closing Thoughts: Hello, and welcome to the very last video of this course. Firstly, I just want to congratulate you, for completing this course successfully. I would definitely love to see the results for whatever you are making. Be sure to send them to me. I have a very small request for you. If you found this course helpful, if you learned something from this course, be sure to read this course. It will definitely help me. I would definitely love to see your feedback about this course, whether positive feedback or a constructive feedback. Be sure to rate and give your feedback about this course. Again, thank you for joining me in the journey of learning art and directory design. All the best.