Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Coloring Tutorial using Cast Shadows and Gradients.
In this easy to follow tutorial we will be going through our resource anchor point guide to build our character and practice using the the pen and anchor point tools. We will be applying gradients to our base colors for highlights and shadows.
Anchor Point Guides
Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors and how to adjust handles.
Using live paint is a fast way of getting down a flat color without having to use pathfinder to create shapes. We will duplicate these shapes and apply transparent gradients.
The knife tool is a fast and easy way for beginners to cut into their existing shapes to add cast and drop shadows within their characters.
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Inking
Using Resource Folder
1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.
Using the Pen Tool
2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.
3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.
Using Live Paint
4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.