Cartoon Zombie Girl
Cute Cartoon Zombie Girl: Illustration Tutorial
From concept to final, it took 2.5 hours to complete.
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.
Coloring your illustration:
Select parts of the filled in colored sections (with the “paint selected” on), color in the details, shadows, and highlights. Working through the image by paint selecting will speed up the coloring process. To add more depth, shade and highlight on a new layer over the image. After the image is complete, turn the image into a symbol and name it accordingly. FIN!
If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.
Tips on creating short stories:
Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.
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