Cartoon characters are something that is present in our lives at some point; it’s part of our childhood. While we might not be as attached to them as we were when we were young, the characters do hold an appeal to all ages. Perhaps it has something to do with the way to cartoon characters were designed, or was it the image that the character presented and the story itself. Some of the legendary cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, My Little Ponies and The Smurfs were so popular that not only were they alive as a cartoon character but also an icon and a brand.
Besides being popular as a normal cartoon characters and perhaps because they were so well celebrated, seeing that cartoon characters easily appealed to most of the public, many commercial business have started to adopt cartoon characters as their mascot or logo. Some of the popular examples are such as, the bird character in Twitter, Tony the Tiger in Kellogg’s Frosties as well as Michelin Man from Michelin tyre. These characters were so successful that many of us are able to relate to brand and product by just looking at the cartoon characters.
Prior to this, designing a cartoon character is no easy task, this is because a cartoon design takes up much effort; drafting and sketching were done manually on paper. However, as times improve more and more programs were developed to make this task simpler, easing the burden of the artists. Adobe Illustrator is one of the said programs; this popular program was to create illustration in a vector format. Its vector feature helps preserve quality and details of the design and none of these details will be affected even when the image were resize. Hence, this feature enables the artist to give more depth and texture to their designs. Therefore, even if you are not an excellent artist or you have doubts on your artistic skills, with the help of some of the cartoon tutorials we have gathered, we can assure you that you will be able to design a few simple and adorable cartoon character.
For this article we have collected a range of cartoon tutorials using Adobe Illustrator for our viewers. These tutorials ranges from beginners to intermediate levels, some of them covers the basic tutorial to help on get started with basic features and shapes. While others focus on more specific features such as shadings and lightings as well as tutorials to add more dimension and textures to the character’s design. While most of the cartoon tutorials provide detailed instructions, steps and demonstrations we also advise the readers to try and design with their own creativity.
Cow – Chinese Zodiac For 2009
Learn to draw this cute animal and use them on your greeting cards.
Cute Vector Penguin Character
An easy to follow steps for beginners.
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.
Cute Hamster Avatar
A tutorial for an adorable vector hamster avatar.
Cute baby Seal
A simple tutorial to create a cute baby seal!
Gang of Vector Ninjas
Another excellent tutorial for beginners, using just basic shapes.
How to Make a Website Mascot
For those who need a guide to create a website mascot.
Adding Dimensions to Your Characters
A fantastic tutorial for those who wish to add more dimension to their characters.
Basic Shading and Lighting
A basic tutorial on shading and lighting.
How to Create a Vector Character
A walkthrough guide to creating a vector character.
Make A Traditional Japanese Koi Carp Illustration
A more delicate way to draw cartoons.
How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character
Vector Tutorial: Anime Coloring
A detailed tutorial to anime colouring.
Create Textured European Goldfinch Characters
Create unique characters with more textures with this tutorial.
Illustrator Tutorial: Master Dynamic Gradient Techniques