Taught by Justin Dike, owner, lead developer and illustrator for CartoonSmart.
Or simply watch a fun tutorial on human anatomy and Flash.
After the lesson, you'll have a fantastic library of parts to help you create your own characters.
CartoonSmart was the first training website to offer HD video. Seriously. Before YouTube was even founded, we realized screencasts needed to be way bigger than what others were offering. Nothing will replace books in the training spectrum, but sometimes you just want to put your feet up and watch someone else work. Since 2004, our customers haven't had to squint.
The techniques in this lesson could apply to other vector based illustration software, but your instructor uses Adobe Flash, a multimedia and software platform used for authoring vector graphics, animation, games, and apps. Vector artwork can be exported at virtually any size without pixelation or loss of quality.
Your instructor will teach you the basics of vector illustration with Flash, which is a very simple approach to drawing, even for non-artists. Justin uses a mouse (nothing fancy like a Wacom or Cintiq), and rarely views the actual vector points making up the illustration. Instead he relies on simple techniques to mold shapes. This one hour session covers step-by-step how to illustrate the drawing to the right.
This two and a half hour tutorial focuses on illustrating the body. Initially we look at some simple clothing choices to avoid working with the finer points of illustrating the female form (i.e. a big dress). After that your instructor designs a more realistic body in silouhette, to use as the basis for the fully shaded illustration to the right. That piece is drawn over the course of an hour, in real time, using symbols for parts that could be animated later. And finally, as you can see, the illustration is fully shaded.
In this 90 minute session, we look at tips to illustrate hair and turn the head. The video tutorial on turning the head should be particularly useful to any Flash or vector artist, since the instructor demonstrates some easy ways to start from a front view and methodically convert all the way over to a side view.
In this 97 minute session, we gather together various "components" of the body to use in our final session. To make drawing a full pose easier, we can create libraries of body parts and facial expressions to copy and paste into later projects. You are welcome to use the instructor's source files in your future projects as well.
In this three hour session, we draw three final poses, focusing primarily on clothing techniques and shading. Each pose is a separate one hour video.
Watch the entire first session anytime online. As always, if you purchase a tutorial, you can download the videos to your computer and watch even if you aren't connected to the internet.
Screenshots from videos in the course.
Only $20. Like all CartoonSmart tutorials, you can download these videos directly to your computer along with source files for the projects. If you ever need to download your purchase again, you'll have access through Payloadz, our file delivery service.