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15 Of The Best Character Illustration Tutorials Online

Tired of your character designs looking like glorified clip art? The round up of character design tutorials will show you how to not only create amazing character design, but also how to take them to the next level. This my not be the longest list of character design tutorials, but that’s because it only includes the best ones currently online.

All Time Greatest Character Design Tutorials

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Adding dimension to your characters

Are your designs looking a little flat? We show you how to make your creations leap off the page with startling dimension.

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Creating vector characters in Illustrator

Characters can add a recognisable face to your work. But how do you go from a sketch to the finished product? Peskimo talk through their process.

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Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4

Mascots are becoming increasingly popular in web design. In this intermediate Illustrator tutorial we will show you how to create a vector character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator CS4.

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Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character. We’ll be working with the basic shapes to start, then use a variety of gradients to add depth.

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Create a Vector Pirate Cartoon Character from a Hand Drawn Sketch

By firstly using the power of pen and paper a character design is created, which is then scanned into the computer to use as a base for tracing with Adobe Illustrator.

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How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a cute bunny character. This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations.

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How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a cartoon zombie in Illustrator. Starting by creating a fresh corpse, then you will ‘yuck’ it up using a number of techniques.

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Drawing Homer Simpson

This tutorial will teach you how to draw the Simpson’s favorite character, Homer Simpson, from grounds up.

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Mascot Design In Real Time Order – the SOSFactory Way

This time I wrote this post as the job was being developed. This way you’re going to see how the order is developed, from the first sketches to the final result, I hope I won’t miss anything… What stress!

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Creating convincing characters

Illustrator maestro Alexis West demonstrates how to magic up appealing characters using a pencil, a computer and bags of imagination.

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Vectorial illustration with Illustrator

In this post i’ll explain the process i followed at the time of designing by order (from SOSFactory) the mascot in vector format of Twisted Monkey Studios, producers of horror films.

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Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

In the follow easy tutorial, I show you how to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses.

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How To Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character

One of the most popular articles here on Blog.SpoonGraphics is how to create a vector cartoon character from a hand drawn sketch, an Adobe Illustrator tutorial covering the process of creating Captain Blackspoon.

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Real-world effects

Peskimo reveals how to put your vector creations out into the real world, using Photoshop and Illustrator to combine the illustrations in your head with the realism of the world outside your front door.

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Create a Super Happy Octopus Character

In the following tutorial I will explain how to create a Happy Octopus Character. You can use these techniques and elements to create whatever character you want!


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    Bluetwoen (1 Point) December 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    This is good. But not the best.

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    Very nice tutorials, I gotta try them some time! Thank you for sharing them :)

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    Thanks for sharing, thats really cool and inspiring.



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    ฟังเพลงใหม่ (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

    wow Great article, thanks!167

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    wow Great article, thanks!154

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    โค้ดเพลงhi5 (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:15 am

    wow Great article, thanks!149

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลง (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing

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    Homer Simpson is the man! great tutorial.

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    sekarlangit umastuti (1 Point) December 9, 2009 at 12:34 am

    what a great posts !!!

    i’m a beginner of an illustrator and your posts really help me to be an expert !!!

    cheers from Indonesia :)

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    Tech Buzz (1 Point) October 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

    wat softwares to be needed for those above ? i only have Photoshop for design purpose as am a newbie designer

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    Sergio Ordonez (1 Point) September 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks a lot for featuring 2 of my tutorials, you missed the 3rd one: :)


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    Fernando Valler (1 Point) September 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Muito bom esse post…

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    Angel rodriguez (1 Point) September 24, 2009 at 1:22 am

    excellent post , i really love the ones from SOS factory they are gerat , but i need to study more illustrator , thx for all .

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    Great collection. I’d like to start getting into character development more with Illustrator. So far, I’ve only done simple logos. I like the concept of design and the amount of talent that goes into these — I’m already looking through most of the tutorials!

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    zombie illustration is awesome.
    thx for the list.

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    Nice collection, Danny.


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    öğrenme nesneleri (1 Point) September 21, 2009 at 5:43 am

    thanks, good collection.

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    nice posting, thanks! stumbled…

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    I Love the “Real-world effects”, it’s different.

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    Shashank Tejura (1 Point) September 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for this amazing collection! :D

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    kantongplastik (1 Point) September 18, 2009 at 3:45 am

    that’s great
    but how to download the tutorial from
    i must be a member or not?

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    anniegirl (1 Point) September 17, 2009 at 2:21 am

    i am so happy this site exist! got up to get some water and decided to check my email. i gotta go to bed, its a school night meaning… i am a mom with two kids. but you betcha i’ll be cartooning in the afternoon.

    ciao, ciao, annamaria

    some how i don’t feel so all alone… just kiddin’ ni ni

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    designer_inspired (1 Point) September 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Love your post. thanks!

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    Nice post.
    Excellent article for everyone.

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    cypherbox (1 Point) September 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Nice post. Very useful tuts!

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    Grafpedia (1 Point) September 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Great list. all tutorials are very good

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    Grace Smith (1 Point) September 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Wonderful post Danny, I especially loved the Real-world effects tutorial combining Photoshop and Illustrator, the final result was beautiful.

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