HD Video

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.

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Software to use

Your instructor uses the desktop version of Sketchbook Pro by Autodesk, but you can choose any illustration software you own. If you choose to use a sketching program for the iPad, two recommended apps are Sketchbook Pro for iPad and Art Studio for the iPad.

Your Instructor

Disney and Pixar-trained artist, Paris Christou teaches this fantastic course on how to draw in elaborate detail. Paris is a full time animator, pin-up artist, children's story book illustrator, and has his own comic series for a nationally distributed newspaper in the UK.


The Slim Males Illustration tutorial. Four (fun) hours.


Having pre-conceived characters and personalities to work with helps a character designer to start developing. So for this course the characters are based on a young teenage Hero who works back stage at a theatre who then finds out that the Villain, "a crazy magician" has enslaved many bunny rabbits to pull out of a hat in every magic show he performs. Paris takes all the imaginative information of each character and demonstrates the stages to design the Hero and the Villain.


Session Descriptions



Session 1: Building a Library

This first series of videos teaches building a library of facial features...


  • Create different styles of eyes, eye shapes, expressions and positions.
  • Create a library of many noses and ears.
  • Create different types of head shapes.

Session 2: Designing the Heads

The next two videos in the series focusing on head design for the Villain and Hero Characters. They'll touch on...

  • Furthering the design of each character to get the look"just right".
  • Experimenting with specific features from the library to form the faces.
  • Illustrating multiple angles to get familiar with the character's face.

Session 3: Designing the Bodies

This final session teaches how to draw each character's body with a special video focusing on every illustrator's least favorite thing to draw: hands and feet. Paris won't let you slide by drawing your character posed with his hand's hidden in his pockets or behind his back. After that video, you'll get two more focusing on the body poses and outfits of the Villain and Hero, then a final wrap up discussing the completed Character Sheet.


Preview Video

Watch a 30 minute preview of the course right now....


4 hours of training. Fantastically taught.


Only $17. 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.






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