Adobe Illustrator Sketchy Cartoon Tutorial

Vector files have a tendency to be overly slick and polished. That doesn’t mean you can’t create something that is a little more sketchy. Below is a sketchy pen style tutorial I’ve written for a cartoon pig created in Adobe Illustrator.

Just a warning before you begin, this tutorial is a little shorter because it skips some steps (using the pathfinder tools and offset paths) that I cover in my other cartoon tutorial, so you may want to check that out first.

I create my lines in the Illustrator using the pen tool and offset paths like in my cartoon snail tutorial.

Next, I create several pen shapes using the pen tool. I plan to use these for shading and details.

I start adding those shapes to my drawing.

I keep adding shapes, drawing new ones, copying shapes using the Option drag and adjusting their anchor points until I get the drawing right.

After my drawing is correct, I fill the shapes with colors.

Next, I draw in my shadow shapes like my cartoon snail tutorial. Also, I use the Offset Path to add color outside some of the lines. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path and choose how much you want to expand the shape. I expanded mine by 2 points, then filled it with the new color.

This post was written on Content copyright 2008 Cory Thoman.

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  1. 10/05/12

    I always use Adobe illustrator at work because i work in an animation studio. this is really a serious tool for the graphic artist.”::

  2. 10/07/10

    i don’t know with other users but the new version of Adobe illustrator is a bit slower when it loads. ,’.