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What is a cartoon without any kind of action? What is a cartoon, that doesn’t tell us a story? You may have seen artistic studies of the human body, drawn from a live model for reference. They work very well for understanding how anatomy and muscles react when we suggest a move. But the sentiment behind this movement is not clear! It’s just a reproduction of real life and nothing more. The way to express movement and action in a cartoon style drawing is quite different from real life. Therefore, beyond the necessary knowledge to build your character’s body, mastering the techniques needed to add life to these forms is essential. And that’s what we’ll talk about in this tutorial! What You Need to Know When developing a character in a given situation, the artist must build the appropriate action. Any scene developed for your character should inform the viewer of the real intention behind the character’s actions. Their motivations, their feelings, their skills (or lack thereof) and their personality. And all this must be achieved even in the absence of dialogue. The advantage of drawings over live movies is precisely this: we can play with bodily expressions and exaggerate emotions to the extreme. You don’t need an actor, a studio, or excessive costs. Only paper and pen. Your imagination is the limit! The objectives that should be pursued to achieve these results in cartoon are: Simplicity; Rhythm. We will gradually understand the role of each in the composition of a drawn scene. 1. …
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Cartoon Fundamentals: How to Create Movement and Action
Even people who don’t really like insects are fascinated by the beauty of their wings. In this tutorial I will show you how to draw wings of the most distinctive species and how to design your own wings following universal butterfly rules. Good news is realistic butterflies can be drawn even by total beginners! Sounds interesting? Let’s get started then! 1. Draw a Butterfly Body Step 1 To draw butterfly wings first we need a body to attach them. You can draw it very figuratively, or spend a few more minutes on it for a more realistic effect. If it’s a winged fantasy creature you want to draw, you can skip this step. Here’s what you need to know about a butterfly anatomy: Wings are attached to the thorax and they overlap each other when folded – the hindwing is on top then; The thorax is covered with soft fur ; The abdomen is longer than the thorax and visibly segmented . It can also be covered with fur; Every butterfly has three pairs of legs , but the first pair is always shorter – sometimes it’s so short that almost unnoticeable (so there’…
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How to Draw Animals: Butterflies, Their Anatomy and Wing Patterns
In this tutorial you’ll learn everything there is to know about the Blend Brushes in Adobe Illustrator. These brushes with soft edges, are used often for adding highlights, shades or details, are a real treasure for your designs. Here you will learn how to create some of the most used Art and Scatter Blend Brushes. Let’s begin! 1. Start a New Project Launch Illustrator, then go to File > New to open a new blank document. Type a name and set up the dimensions then select Pixels as Units and RGB as Color Mode . Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 1px . These settings will help you throughout the drawing process. 2. A Short Introduction There are two methods to create a blend object: with the Blend Tool (W) or the Blend > Make command from the Object menu. The minimum number of shapes to be used is two. That’s right, using many different shapes/paths, colors, gradients, strokes and transparencies is allowed. Blends are a dynamic effect. This means that at any time after you create a blend object, you can change the shape of the object, the position, the colors or gradients. Just use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the shapes. The blend will be updated live. To change the parameters of the blend object, double-click on the Blend Tool (W) in the Tools panel or go to Object > Blend > Blend Options . This time we will focus only on the Specified Steps option. Using blends, you can obtain smooth transitions between colors, shadows or even different shades of colors. If you set the Opacity of the lower shape to zero you …
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How to Create a Set of Multi-Use, Blend Brushes in Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator tutorials / Drawing – Create a Flat, Subtle Textured Fox in Adobe Illustrator – This tutorial goes through the full process of creating a cute dressed fox, drawn and colored in a.
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Adobe Illustrator tutorials – Create a Flat, Subtle Textured Fox
So you’ve spent hours on end drawing a magnificent design in Inkscape and now you want to publish it once and for all! Thankfully, Inkscape has a ton of options to export your artwork to more friendly and compatible file types. We’ll also go over a couple of neat tricks you might not have known. 1. Exporting Bitmaps Step 1 We’ll be getting to know Export Bitmap very well ( File > Export Bitmap ). It’s pretty straightforward, but there are a ton of cool tricks in this thing. For now, let’s simply publish our artwork with pretty standard settings. Step 2 Below, you’ll see our drawing that we’re going to export. Let’s set the Export area to Page , which is the exact size of the canvas. Below that, you can see the individual coordinates for the export area corners (x0, x1, y0, y1) which just happens to be the canvas dimensions (because we have Page selected). Easy enough, right? Bitmap size refers to the final dimensions of your export area, which can of course be changed, but let’s keep this one simple. The standard dpi is 90.00 , so let’s keep that there as well. Step 3 Filename can get a bit goofy. The name is a little deceiving, because what you want in that text box is not simply the desired name of your drawing, but also the…
Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator is handy for many reasons. If you use the program for illustrations mostly, it’s one of the tools usually avoided as you can easily recognize images that have been traced in Adobe Illustrator and because it has it’s own “style”, it often clashes with whatever style you’re working with. I personally wouldn’t recommend using it on an element in an illustration that has a lot of focus, as the viewer’s eye will be attracted there instantly. But using Image Trace in background elements to help enhance an illustration or even to create texture and add depth to, for …
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Create a Quick and Easy Skyscape Using Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator tutorials / Drawing – Cartoon Style Space Scene – Create a cute cartoon style space scene illustration using simplified vector shapes and solid bold colours.
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Adobe Illustrator tutorials – Cartoon Style Space Scene – Tutorial-Index
You’ve tried so many times. You’ve looked at some amazing piece of art and felt this heat in your heart, just to get a few crappy lines when trying to do the same. Finally you gave up. Let’s be honest, you don’t have talent! Or a tablet. Or better manual skills. But do you really need it all? I Don’t Have Talent “I wish I had your talent!” – sounds familiar, eh? You’ve probably said it a lot of times to someone who impressed you. Please, don’t! It’s not a compliment, it’s an insult! What the artist may hear when you say it is: “I don’t care how many hours you have spent to develop your skills, I’m jealous that you were given good genes that I wasn’t lucky enough to get”. Or, more bluntly: “I’d be as good as you if only I was born with good genes”. In other words, you keep saying to people who impressed you that they haven’t done anything on their own! “I’m so jealous you were born with a talent and didn’t need to learn anything” What Is Talent Then? You can go anywhere. Using a bike or a car would bring you there faster, but still, you’ll reach the destination sooner or later. A talent …
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What’s Your Excuse? Why Can’t You Draw?
Inkscape’s popularity has grown significantly over the past few years making its way into the professional sector, particularly with Animators and Game Developers. But what about creating professional vector work for stock art sites, similar to what you might find from an Illustrator professional? One of the biggest benefits to Inkscape is the fact that it’s completely free, which is great for vector artists just starting out, as it contains many of the features you can find in Adobe Illustrator. However, it can still leave a lot to be desired when directly exporting to EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) for stock sites. In this tutorial we’ll be discussing some of the follies of creating stock art using Inkscape, as well as workarounds! Version Requirements I recommend you keep a legacy version of Inkscape in a…
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Submitting Your Inkscape Files to Stock Sites and Getting Them Approved
This is part 2 of a three-part video tutorial series “How to Draw a Vector Cartoon Illustration” In case you missed it, in part 1, we explored How to Create a Custom Brush in Illustrator . In this tutorial, we’ll use our custom vector brush to illustrate and show you live drawing and inking techniques to use for creating cartoon vector illustrations. So are you ready to have some fun? Check it out and stay tuned for the final piece of this series as we bring our character to life with color and gradient techniques. Author: Mike Austin Mike Austin is an illustrator and concept artist specializing in vector illustration. His passion is finding new Adobe Illustrator techniques and sharing them with the vector community. He enjoys teaching no hassle Adobe Illustrator techniques over at Vectology . The post Drawing and Inking Vector Illustrations appeared first on Vectips .