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CartoonSmart was the first training website to offer HD video. Seriously. Before YouTube was even founded, we realized screencasts needed to be way bigger than what others were offering. Nothing will replace books in the training spectrum, but sometimes you just want to put your feet up and watch someone else work. Since 2004, our customers haven't had to squint.

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Software to use

Your instructor uses the desktop version of Sketchbook Pro by Autodesk, but you can choose any illustration software you own. If you choose to use a sketching program for the iPad, two recommended apps are Sketchbook Pro for iPad and Art Studio for the iPad.

Your Instructor

Disney and Pixar-trained artist, Paris Christou teaches this stout-hearted course on how to draw in elaborate detail. Paris is a full time animator, pin-up artist, children's story book illustrator, and has his own comic series for a nationally distributed newspaper in the UK.


The Macho Men and Overweight Characters Tutorial.


In this nine hour course Paris illustrates four characters (two heroes and two villains) to demonstrate the techniques he uses to create the initial design, then to convey motion and expression.

Paris illustrates using Sketchbook Pro, but you can follow along with any illustration program of your choice. Whether you prefer pixel or vector based programs (or simply pencil on paper), the concepts in this course transcend medium. Bottom-line this tutorial series is about creating incredible characters.


Session Descriptions



Session 1: The Faces - 90 Minutes

This first session focuses on designing the face. You'll get an insight into the creation process of both the macho and overweight characters and gain an understanding of the head shape and features that are needed to develop your own characters.

Session 2: The Library - 55 Minutes

Session two concentrates on building a library of facial features for your characters. You'll learn how to create different eyes, eye shapes, noses, ears and mouths to convey the right feel for your soft-hearted or brutish creations.



Session 3: Understanding the Bodies - 46 Minutes

In this session you'll learn which body features to EXAGGERATE (< like that). You'll gain an understanding of the basic shapes of the body and their features as they relate to macho men and overweight characters.

Session 4: Posing in Motion - 4 Hours and 7 Minutes

This lengthy session will give you a comprehensive look at how to pose your characters. Most of the full body poses are drawn (in real-time) in this session, where you'll learn how to take an animator's approach to illustrating action-heavy poses.



Session 5: Expressions - 2 Hours and 14 Minutes

This final session focuses on expressions of the face. Paris draws dozens of expressions and gives you his unique insight to capturing that perfect look. He will also teach you a lip-sync animation technique to help you develop your character's expressions.


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9 hours of training. Masculinely taught.


Only $27. Like all CartoonSmart tutorials, you can download these videos directly to your computer along with source files for the projects. If you ever need to download your purchase again, you'll have access through Payloadz, our file delivery service.






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