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How to Ink, then Shade a Clothing Heavy Comic Book Character – Part 2
How to Ink, then Shade a Clothing Heavy Comic Book Character – Part 2
By CartoonSmart

How to Ink then Shade a Clothing Heavy Comic Book Character – Part 2 In this second video we’ll ink and shade the clothing of the character we sketched in part 1. Subscribers can continue watching Part 3 in this series here.

How to Ink then Shade a Clothing Heavy Comic Book Character – Part 1
How to Ink then Shade a Clothing Heavy Comic Book Character – Part 1
By CartoonSmart

How to Ink then Shade a Clothing Heavy Comic Book Character – Part 1 The initial sketch of a comic book character illustration we’ll color and shade in future video tutorials. Recorded in real time.

How to Draw, Shade and Color a Male Comic Book Character’s Face using Procreate
How to Draw, Shade and Color a Male Comic Book Character’s Face using Procreate
By CartoonSmart

How to Draw, Shade and Color a Male Comic Book Character’s Face using Procreate A fun off-the-cuff video tutorial on how to draw using Procreate and (optionally) an iPad Pro. This lesson I’ll draw a comic book style male character in a typical “stare down” pose.  Recorded in real time (not a speed drawing).

How to Draw Donkey Kong Style Pixel Art (Episode 33)
How to Draw Donkey Kong Style Pixel Art (Episode 33)
By CartoonSmart

In this Adobe Animate / Flash video tutorial, we'll teach how to draw vector art to look like retro pixel art. Ironic huh. And as the title says, in particular we'll mockup a Donkey Kong style board. We'll also teach how to animate a rolling barrel.

Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 8
Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 8
By CartoonSmart

In this Adobe Animate (or Adobe Flash) digital illustration tutorial, we'll draw lights onto our Pinball Table. This will involve adding Filters and giving the light an on and off look.

Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 7
Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 7
By CartoonSmart

In this crisp, 10 minute Adobe Animate and Flash video tutorial, we'll add a little more flare and detail to our plunger alley ways. For the most part, we'll just draw another vector based rail for the ball to go under.

Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 6
Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 5
Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 5
By CartoonSmart

In this Adobe Animate / Adobe Flash video tutorial, we'll look at texturing and masking the table walls. This will give our barriers a very realistic look, as you'll see by the end of the lesson. We'll also add a 2.5D look to the table with more depth and shadowing along the walls.

Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 4
Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 4
By CartoonSmart

We'll pick up speed a bit in this next free digital illustration tutorial using Adobe Animate or Flash. This lesson we'll begin drawing the table walls or borders. By the end of this video tutorial, we'll have the basic frame of our table, and a sense of where the ball will launch from and go to.

Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 3
Digital Illustration Tutorials – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Part 3
By CartoonSmart

In this free digital illustration tutorial, we'll discuss how to draw realistic looking metallic rails for our top-down viewed pinball table. We'll use Adobe Animate in this course, but you can also use Adobe Flash (same tools as far as this video tutorial series is considered). We'll look at creating line based vector art, precisely manipulating it, adding depth with drop shadows and Bevel Filters, and much more. This is definitely a beginner lesson, so we'll still be working through some fundamentals.

Free Digital Illustration Tutorial – How to Draw a Star Wars Style Droid
Free Digital Illustration Tutorial – How to Draw a Star Wars Style Droid
By CartoonSmart

In this free digital illustration tutorial we'll be working in Adobe Illustrator Draw, but you can use any graphics software you want (if it has a brush tool and layers, you're good to go). Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc. And as you can see from the preview, we won't be drawing any droid in particular, just someone that could look at home in the Star Wars universe.

Free Digital Illustration Tutorial Art Brushes in Adobe Illustrator
Free Digital Illustration Tutorial Art Brushes in Adobe Illustrator
By CartoonSmart

A free digital illustration tutorial from CartoonSmart's most prolific Adobe Illustrator instructor, Brian Zaikowksi. His Exploring Adobe Illustrator series is literally a day's worth of video tutorials (over 24 hours). The video above is just one lesson from that series, and although this course uses a slightly older version of Illustrator, you'll notice the tools really haven't changed (when it comes to product updates Adobe rarely messes with a good thing). In this particular lesson, Brian will show you the power of Art Brushes. He can explain it best, but in short, you can draw using the stroke tools then apply brushes / patterns to the line afterwards.

How to Write Web Comic Strips – Video Tutorial Tips
How to Write Web Comic Strips – Video Tutorial Tips
By CartoonSmart

Well I’ll file this under digital illustration, but this has a tad more to do with WRITING! In all caps, because its such a scary word for many artists. I know I never wanted to write when I was in school. But this is about how to write web comics, so does that even qualify as “writing”. Actually it’s probably even more difficult. We gotta make stuff funny. And its not like sitting around with your friends shooting the you-know-what, spitballing jokes at each other. A web comic artist has to set up everything, from nothing. So even though I just recorded the lesson above, lets go over a few of my notes. And by the way, although I spend most of my time teaching iOS tutorials nowadays, in a previous life I wrote the web comics you can find at Mows.com (oops looks like I deleted the CSS on that old site, someone remind me to fix that) or in the iTunes Store for free.

Digital Illustration Tutorial – How to Draw Pinball Game Art  – Introduction and Parts 1-2
Digital Illustration Tutorial – How to Draw Pinball Game Art – Introduction and Parts 1-2
By CartoonSmart

In this video tutorial, we'll take a quick look at resources you can draw from for your top-down viewed art. The internet is obviously your best resource, but you'll find apps like Maps or Google Earth to also be useful. In part 2, its time to begin with some actual drawing software. But for those of you that have never used Adobe Animate or Adobe Flash, we'll need to get you up to speed with some of the basic illustration tools. We'll cover how to use Strokes, Fills, manipulate vector points, some of our own preferences, how to work with symbols.

Digital Illustration Tutorial with Adobe Animate – Drawing Iron Man
Digital Illustration Tutorial with Adobe Animate – Drawing Iron Man
By CartoonSmart

In this digital illustration tutorial, you will learn how to start from a sketch using pencil on paper, or any kind of drawing software for the iPad, tablet or other mobile device. After a quick 5 minute sketch, we will move over to Adobe Animate (Adobe Flash is fine too) for the vector illustration. Consider this a tad bit of an intermediate tutorial if you've never used Adobe Animate or Adobe Flash before, but if you don't mind a bit of pausing to catch up, any level of student should be able to follow along. We'll cover all the essentials to drawing with vector art - using gradients, Fills, strokes, filter effects and plenty more!

Free Digital Illustration Tutorial using Adobe Illustrator Draw
Free Digital Illustration Tutorial using Adobe Illustrator Draw
By CartoonSmart

A brand new illustration tutorial! We’ll discuss Adobe Illustrator Draw, a free drawing programming for the iPhone or iPad, which connects up to your Creative Cloud suite of tools and files. But you are welcome to use your own illustration program of choice, since all of what we’ll be doing is universal to just about every drawing software. Enjoy!

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