Character Design from Sketching to Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial teaches character design in what is probably best described as a retro-Hannah Barbara style. Characters are drawn using sweeping curves, unique angles, minimal shapes, and highly stylized, sometimes abstract forms. Cartoons like the Jetsons, and Flinstones are reference points for what this style grew out of for example look at the swooping continous line of Wilma Flinstone's hair, Fred and Barney's simple no-necked egg-shaped bodies, or the background art of the Jetson's signature curvilinear universe A modern reference would be shows like Dexter's Lab or Power Puff Girls that minimalized the Hannah Barbara look to the extreme, and to the benefit of their staff who could animate character movements quicker than a more realistic design. Guest instructor Mike Macnerland was brought into teach this lesson because of his background in the animation / illustration industry and his portfolio of character designs embody this popular retro-style. The tutorial covers sketching characters for 30 minutes with paper and pencil or on the computer with a Wacom, then tracing over his designs in Adobe Illustrator. This portion of the tutorial covers some of the basics of drawing with vector art in Illustrator. Mike also shares some personal tips to developing a career as a professional artist.