After taking this class, you'll be able to use simple shapes in a variety of ways to create simple but well drawn vector cartoon animals. Whether you're new to design or an Illustrator pro, you'll gain the knowledge you need to use simple shapes and the Shape Builder Tool
in Adobe Illustrator.
Design your own shape based character using the shape builder Tool
Back when I was taking traditional courses in college (wait...did that happen that long ago?) I learned that everything can be drawn using simple shapes. In this quick lesson-based course, you will learn how to use the shape tools and the shape builder tool to create a simple but effective cartoon animal.
What this lesson will cover:
- How to overlap simple shapes that make sense for cartoons.
- Using the pen, ellipse, rectangle tools along with live corners.
- Tools we will be covering in this lesson: rectangle, ellipse, pen, shape-builder, width tool. reflect, select and direct select.
- How to use the reflect tool to create symmetry in your design.
- Key commands and quick keys/shortcuts to work faster and more efficiently in Illustrator. (e.g. how to group, option copy, and paste in front).
- How to select colors and save them as global colors in illustrator to make any quick color changes to your design.
- How to finish a design by taking the shapes you already have to create highlights/shadows using the same colors you have along with the transparency and appearance panel.
- How to apply what you’ve learned to create your own simple shaped cartoons.
Follow along with the video to learn the tools to create the cartoon featured.
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Then let’s take the knowledge you have learned and use it to create your own! I would love to see your process of how you broke down your shapes and what inspired your color palette.
Remember this as you move forward:
- Anything can be created using simple shapes.
- Start with something simple and work your way up to more complex cartoons.
- Remember that you have to roll, scootch and crawl before you can walk or run.
- Colors can make or break a design; make sure you are drawing inspiration from things you love…. I’ve been inspired by my morning cereal box.
*Make sure you download the attached Shapebuilder Guide*
Use this guide to "trace" the shapes until you get the hang of it or just use it as a backup of written instructions you can print out and use to help you along your way.