Secrets of Drawing Cartoons | Drawing Tips


So now we’re going to talk about secrets of
drawing cartoon characters. And in another video I created this quick
cartoon elephant, but I didn’t just draw him straight out, I constructed him from simple
shapes in three dimensional space. So now I’ve got this character, who for me,
exists in this kind of three dimensional head space. So now I can put him in a bunch of different
poses and I can make him do stuff and he’ll always come out looking like, kind of, the
same character. So let’s get him up on his feet and make him
do something completely ridiculous and have him dance. It’s very important in animation to start
with really simple shapes because you’re going to have to draw these characters over and
over many, many times. And you want to start with simple shapes that
are easy to remember and keep consistent. I’m going to start by drawing an oval shape
for his head and let’s get a lot of. We see in the center line that helps me determine
where his face his going to be. And let’s get a lot of, energy into this pose. So I’m going to, before I even draw the oval
for his body I’m actually going to push him a little out of shape. And I’m going to sort of arch his back and
try to get a lot of action into this pose. So even though I constructed his body out
of an oval I don’t need to keep it a perfectly oval shape. I can, sort of, bend it out of shape and make
it into a kind of bean. When I was creating his arms and legs the
first thing I figured out was where they would attach to that oval shape that makes his body. The first thing I want to do is I’m going
to actually draw the places where his arms and legs attach. I want to raise one leg up so I’m going to
make that higher and I’m going to make the other leg lower and I’m going to make the
leg he’s standing on. He’s a big heavy elephant and he’s putting
all his weight on one leg and I really want to give you a sense that he’s pushing down
on that leg. So I am actually going to squash that leg
down a bit. Let’s kick that leg up a little higher, actually. And again while I am drawing this I am keeping
my eye on my original model because I want to make sure I get the arms about the right
thickness so he still looks like the same character. There’s a circle in the front of his head
that creates the point where the trunk attaches so I am going to draw that same circle again. To make room for a mouth I want to push those
tusks up a little higher. Now I’m going to add the eyes and I’m going
to look at where the eyes, where do the eyes in relation to the trunk, how far away they
are from that circle where his trunk attaches, and also how much distance there is between
his two eyes. Animation artists are constantly doing this
sort of thing where we’re creating construction lines between the different features of a
persons face so that we can make sure that all this stuff stays consistent. I want to really make his ears gone wild because
that will help create the feeling that he’s moving. And now I’m just going to tighten that up
with some black pencil. And there he is, now he’s dancing. And that should give you a very quick, crash
course in secrets of drawing cartoon characters.

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