The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Cartoon Characters

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

Language: English

This course is for you

Use this simple technique and learn how to draw great cartoon characters in no time. Make your dream come true.

If you have ever dreamt of becoming a character designer or an illustrator of children´s books or just to be able to draw cartoony characters for your kids, even teaching them how to do it, this is the right course for you. It can be overwhelming when you don´t know how to start and where to start from. But I will show you one very simple technique which will open the doors to your creativity and will take away your fear of failure once and for all. Because this is the only thing that is stopping you from that unfulfilled dream of yours. So, what will you learn here: How to loosen your hand and free your mind through the right technique so that you can draw anything you want. Understand the basics of what makes a character look cartoony, cute or evil. Understand and experiment with many different designs for making a cartoony character. Find your own style. Give motion and emotion to your character. Learn how to apply facial expressions to exactly your particular character and design. Attach the right facial expression to a body posture to make the emotion stronger. How to keep the proportions of the character the same in different drawings. How to draw cartoony hands.

Course overview - 7

  • Loosen your hand

  • Draw a advanced cartoon character - an Elephant

  • Draw a Cat

  • Emotions and Facial expressions

  • How to do a Turnaround and keep the character's proportions

  • Draw cartoon hands

  • Bonus - How to draw cartoony Fox

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.