Learn to draw cartoon Humans

By Maria Avramova, Award-winning Director, Designer and Animator

Language: English

This course is for you

Have you ever dreaded the art class, but not because you hate drawing, but because you love it so much and you feel that you can not meet your own expectations? Not only that. You´ve had your childish dream alive to become an illustrator, but you find that drawing humans and even cartoony humans, is the hardest thing of all. I hear you. I was just like you. But now, after 17 years of a successful career in the animation and illustration industry I have discovered that the problem is not in your hand or whether you have a talent or not, but it´s in your mind. Yes, you read correctly. Even you can draw and become a brilliant artist if you have the right approach. And that´s what I´m going to show you here. This exclusive offer with change the way you think and therefore the way you draw once and for all. So what will you learn in this course: - You will learn what are male and female proportions - What makes a human look cartoony - How to approach cartoonying depending on the outcome you are desiring - How to use shapes and shadows to design cartoony humans - How evolve your character from being a generic human to being a specific character with personality - What is an Archetype and why is it important to know when you work with cartoony humans - Different types of Evil and Good characters, how to draw a Hero and a Villain - How proportions change the way we perceive characters - How to dress your characters - why are costumes important - How to brainstorm with simple shapes and how to find the characters suggested by your subconscious mind - How to bring your character to life - creating a Character Sheet - How to put emotions to your character This and much more you will find in this course, as well as I will share with you some insights from the kitchen of an illustrator and an animator while I guide you, step by step to exploring your own creativity, finding your own style and become the artist you´ve always dreamed of. I hope to see you on the other side of this course.

Course overview - 37

  • Male Proportions and traits

  • Defining the Male Character

  • Design a Character by using shades

  • Designing character using shades - Part 2

  • Creating characters from shades - Part 3

  • Designing character from shades - Part 4

  • Designing characters from shades - Part 5

  • Archetypes - Designing a Hero

  • Archetypes - Designing a different type of hero

  • Archetypes - Designing a regular Joe kind of hero

  • Archetypes - Details and costume of the Superhero character

  • Archetypes - Adding details to the young heroic character

  • Archetypes - Refining the Regular-Joe hero

  • Designing a Villain - The Evil King

  • Designing a Villain - the Evil Wizard

  • Designing a Villain - an Evil Nobody

  • Evil character - details and polish of the Evil King

  • Evil character - The Magician - refining and costume

  • Evil Character - Refining the Evil Regular-Joe

  • Design characters using simple shapes

  • Creating a character sheet out of a simple design

  • Female Proportions

  • Female cartoon character

  • Female Princess character

  • Archetype - The Female Heroine

  • The Heroine - refining and costume

  • A character sheet - drawing the character in different poses

  • Drawing poses - how to draw the same character many times

  • Drawing the details

  • Refining the drawings

  • Refining the poses of the Heroine

  • Facial Expressions

  • Facial Expressions - Part 2

  • Refining the Facial designes

  • Bonus - The proportions of the male face

  • Cartooning the male face

  • Cartoon male face

Meet your instructor

Maria Maria
Maria AvramovaAward-winning Director, Designer and Animator
I am a character design, film director, animator and illustrator. I have worked in the animation industry for over 15 years, bringing characters to life. I have worked with clients such as McDonalds and Ericsson to create a top notch 3D animated characters for the their commercials. I´ve had the privilage to direct actors such as Sir Roger Moore and Peter Stormare among all, as voice actors for animated movies. I´ve worked with renown illustrators and screenwriters such as Iain McCaig, the legendary designer from Star Wars, to breath life to stories and characters. The TV-show I´ve recently wrote and directed, called Space Yoghurt, is having a worldwide success and has been featured twice in the Animation Magazine. I started my life as an artist at the age of 13 when I attended art school. The first year we had to draw 50 drawings a day, after school. It seemed a lot, but now I know it was what it took to be able to draw well. I know what it takes to became an artist, but also I know the struggle of the process. I´m here to share with you the knowledge that I´ve been gathering through my experience on how to draw. I´m also here to inspire you and let you know that each one of the artists you admire today has one been a beginner. Having said that, I´m going to share with you some shortcuts to how you can start drawing and get a result immidiately, because, sure you need to put in the work, but inspiration is what will keep you going. You will see that you too have it in you, but you are not aware of it yet. Welcome to my world.