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Zombie Girl: Illustration Art

Zombie Girl: Illustration Art


Zombie Girl (3D shading effects)

How to take any drawing and turn it into a vector illustration in Flash.

As a freelancer, I create animation art for sale to be used for textiles, printing, screen printing, or to have ready when I create future animations.

From concept to final, it took 2.5 hours to complete.


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Take a picture of the drawing and email the picture to yourself, or find an image you want to trace. Imported the picture into FlashCS6 and place it on the timeline/stage. Turn it the picture into a symbol and lowered the opacity.


Trace and ink over the illustration with the INK TOOL. I highly recommend the CINTIQ 13HD WACOM TABLET and PEN.

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Coloring your illustration:

Use the FILL IN tool…

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To add a texture to an image, select a free image on file, or online.

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Create a MASK LAYER that has the shape of the object.

*cut and paste the object. Delete any parts of the image that will not have the texture.beautiful_zombie_color_0026_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.58.39 PM

Make the texture image a symbol. Go to:


Go to MULTIPLY, or the other effects and see how the texture looks above the object. LOCK the MASK and texture file to see what it looks like.beautiful_zombie_color_0025_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.58.43 PM

Select parts of the filled in colored sections (with the “paint selected” on), color in the details, shadows, and highlights.

I changed the color of the dress in the process. You will find it common to play and edit with colors. Sometimes a character will look better in another color after adding a background.

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Highlight and shadows can are a shade lighter and darker of the main color. (blue dress: lighter blue for highlights, darker blue for shading).
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To add more depth, shade and highlight on a new layer over the image. Draw with black at a 20-40 opacity for shading. Draw with the white color at the same opacity range, 20-40 (only a recommendation.)beautiful_zombie_color_0013_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.59.58 PM beautiful_zombie_color_0006_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.00.25 PM beautiful_zombie_color_0007_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.00.22 PM    beautiful_zombie_color_0003_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.00.47 PM beautiful_zombie_color_0004_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.00.35 PMbeautiful_zombie_color_0005_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.00.30 PMbeautiful_zombie_color_0009_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.00.09 PM

Go to FILE>EXPORT>EXPORT IMAGE. Create a JPEG OR PNG in 96-300dpi (depending on what the image will be used for.)beautiful_zombie_color_0000_Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.01.00 PM



To view the video tutorial, go to: http://animationstation.com/full-recording-zombie-girl-3d-shading-effects/

To view more videos by EmilyCartoons, go to: http://animationstation.com/channel/emilycartoons/


EmCartoons Owner and Founder of Animation Station. Animation Station is a website that showcases Artists Artwork from around the world. Each artist has a background ranging in animation, live action, traditional, graphic design, audio, and any form of art connected to animation/digital media.


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