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

You can follow along using Adobe Illustrator, a vector illustration software. Unlike pixel art, vector art is created by one point connecting to another to form a shape. Vector illustration is precise but doesn't require the same steady hand and skillset that a traditional pencil-on-paper artist uses.

Your Instructor

Justin Cook is a professional animator and illustrator, specializing in Toon Boom Animate, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash. Justin has taught over 30 hours of Toon Boom tutorials for Cartoon Smart, and this is his first Illustrator tutorial for the site. For freelance inquiries, he can be reached at SeenCreative.co.uk.


Three hours of drawing techniques using Adobe Illustrator.


Learn to work with amazing brush tools, shade using gradients, explore clipping paths, compound paths and much more. The tutorial is divided into the following four parts: brush tools, inking, coloring, and shading.


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3 hours of training.


Only $10. 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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