Cartoon character designs is really interesting. Today, we have a lot of powerful graphic design software such as Photopsop, Illustrator and Corel Draw to help graphic designers create cartoon characters.
With the advance technologies, designers now can sketch the cartoon characters on paper first, and then use software to convert and edit them on PC. If you are using Photoshop or Illustrator, then they are powerful enough to create a cartoon character. But if you don’t want to pay for them, there are still a lot of Free Photoshop alternatives where you can use.
Today, we are going to look into 50 cartoon character design tutorials where you can learn from basic to the advanced skills to create and edit cartoon characters. We hope you enjoy reading them.
Create your own monster
Yet another monster character tutorial. You can download the source files to get started immediately.
Drawing Vector-Looking Cat Illustration Using Photoshop
If you are a beginner or an amateur, the tutorials in web-graphics would certainly be of a great use for you.
Create your own Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day
Create yourself a wee Leprechaun for St. Patricks Day 2009 with this Illustrator tutorial. This tutorial covers the process from digital inking to basic coloring and rendering.
Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon
In the following easy tutorial, the author shows us how to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses.
Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4
In this intermediate Illustrator tutorial we will see how to create a vector character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator CS4.
Flying Bat Ghost
This is the first illustrator tutorial on character design by Chris Spooner. You will learn how to draw a flying bat ghost in this tutorial.
Dumb Blue Sucker Monster
This is second cartoon illustrator tutorial from Chris Spooner mini-series of monsters tutorials. Now, you will learn how to create Dumb Blue Sucker Monster. Although this tutorial is more advanced than the first one, but it shouldn’t be a problem for the beginner since it uses mostly the basic tools and shapes.
Angry Orange Monster
This Angry Orange Monster illustrator is the third cartoon illustrator design tutorial in the mini-monster tutorial series.
Green Slimey Monster
The final monster cartoon character in the mini-monster series – the Green Slimey Monster.
Drawing a Penguin Cartoon
Create a cartoon penguin using Adobe Photoshop. A long but worth-reading tutorial.
Create a Vector Pirate Cartoon Character from a Hand Drawn Sketch
By firstly using the power of pen and paper a character design is created, which is then scanned into the computer to use as a base for tracing with Adobe Illustrator. The final outcome is a colorful cartoon character in vector format!
How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale
This tutorial details a professional workflow for creating vector illustrations and preparing the artwork various stock sites.
Drawing a Cartoon Dude
In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a cartoon dude step by step using Adobe Photoshop, starting by an ellipse.
Drawing a Cartoon Magician
Ever want to draw a cartoon magician for your Social media’s avatar or school project? Follow this tutorial.
How to Draw a Cartoon Duck , Character illustration
Following this tutorial you can draw a step by step illustrated vector tutorial file which will help you to actually look at how it is done! it is as simple as that!
How to Illustrate a LeBron James Cartoon Character
The author is a cartoonist/illustrator and he will guide you how to use Adobe Illustrator to create vector cartoons.
How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid
In this tutorial, the author will take you through the process of drawing cartoon style silhouettes. The concept is based on the Emo trend and he will take you trough all the steps from sketch to full color vector.
How to Create a Killer Chainsaw Bunny Character
This tutorial will not only teach you how to draw cartoon character, but will also go through how to add dynamic background effect. It takes some knowledge and skill with the Pen tool.
Create a Cute Baby Seal with Illustrator
In this tutorial, we will see how the author create a really cute baby seal character. On top of the baby seal, the author also add an Arctic environment to the tutorial.
Create a Happy Sun Character
This intermediate tutorial is great for logos, children illustrations, and other projects relating to climate change.
Create a Twitter Style Bird Mascot
Using some basic shapes, effects, and gradients the author will show you how to create a Twitter mascot for your blog or website.
How to Create a Web Site Mascot
In this tutorial, the author is going to give an overview of how developed a character from the initial brief through to the final site mascot and then to go on to create several poses for different parts of the site.
How to Create a Cartoon Character with Expressive Lines
In this tutorial, the author will cover the necessary steps for creating a colored multicolor cartoon character that includes shadings.
How to Create a Cute, 3D, Vector Robot – Vector Plus Tutorial
If you want to learn how to create a rounded robot character from sketch to finished vector art, then you should read this awesome tutorial.
How to Create a Cute Hippo Character
This tutorial will show you how to create cute Hippo Character using simple shapes and a really simple effective drawing technique.
Create a Super Happy Octopus Character
In this tutorial, you will learn the techniques to create the octopus character, furthermore you may be able to apply these techniques and elements to your own projects.
Maintaining Rhythm and Flow in Vector Character Design
Whether you’re interested in creating vector mascots for branding design, or making interesting characters to use in your animations, you’ll find this tutorial helpful.
How to Create a Fantasy Character in Illustrator
This tutorial covers the process of creating a fantasy pinup illustration with Illustrator CS3.
How to Create a Quirky Twitter Bird in Corel Draw
We had seen many tutorials on both Photoshop and Illustrator. This Corel Draw tutorial will go through how to create a quirky Twitter bird by using a few techniques which require you to have intermediate knowledge of Corel Draw.
Drunken Monkey Photoshop Tutorial
In this article the author explains step-by-step how he designed an attractive character in one of their projects, namely for the company Drunken Monkey Collectibles
Creating vector characters in Illustrator
Another download-able tutorial from Computer Arts which covers how to create cartoon character in Illustrator.
Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator
Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character.
Create Simple Cartoon Characters in Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple and cute cartoon character in Photoshop.
How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character
This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations. The great thing about this tutorial is you don’t have to be an amazing artist to create it
Drawing a character’s face in Illustrator
In this tutorial, the author will go through few steps to create a cartoon elf.
Vectorial character design with Illustrator
In this tutorial author will explain the process that he followed at the time of designing by order the mascot in vector format for Twisted Monkey Studios, producers of horror films.
How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator
In this tutorial,the author shows you how to create a cartoon zombie in Illustrator. Starting by creating a fresh corpse, we will then ‘yuck’ it up using a number of techniques.
A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac For 2009
In this tutorial, Kailoon shows us how to create a cartoon cow in Illustrator.
Create a Blue Vector Character from Pencil Sketch to Coloring
Inspired by Chris’s, Ronald wrote an Illustrator tutorial also. You will need a pencil and paper in order to start this tutorial.
Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at constructing a group of cool vector ninja characters using just the basic shapes and a variety of simple tools, making it a good start for Illustrator beginners.
A Rat As Chinese New Year Zodiac For 2008
A cure Rat character tutorial by Kailoon. He created this tutorial at 2008 because year 2008 is a “Rat” year according to Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Drawing Homer Simpson
This tutorial will teach you how to draw the Simpson’s favorite character, Homer Simpson, from grounds up.
Create a Cute Vector Monster from a Pencil Sketch
This time follow this Adobe Illustrator walk-through on the creation of a cute little vector monster character, beginning with a quick pencil sketch on paper.
Drawing Kurosaki Ichigo In Photoshop
This tutorial will teach you how to draw the anime character Kurosaki Ichigo from the popular anime “Bleach”.
How To Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character
Another cool tutorial fron Chris that teach you how to create your own vector character Freddy the Fish.
Create a Traditional Japanese Koi Carp Illustration
This tutorial will take the intermediate Adobe Illustrator user through the techniques and processes needed to imitate what the Japanese have perfected.
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Snail Tutorial
Learn how to create a cartoon snail in this tutorial.
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Bug Tutorial
Learn how to create a cartoon bug using Illustrator in this tutorial.
Ever wondered how Kirby was made? And although he was made using a 3d-program, this tutorial will teach you a very easy way to draw Kirby in Photoshop.
Reader Tutorial: Cartoon Character in Photoshop
Learn how to create cartoon character in Photoshop. A great tutorial by Abduzeedo’s reader.