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Cartoon Facial Proportions With Peter Emslie

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In these instructional videos Cartoonist Peter Emslie shares how he creates characters from simple shapes. Emslie teaches character design at Sheridan College and he has illustrated over 50 books for Disney licensees. In these two lessons (which each have two videos) Emslie demonstrates how he creates characters from shapes and gradually builds them up to a rough sketch. In the first video he takes a character that he has already designed and draws him in a new pose. He starts with a line of action and then roughs in the rest of the character, working from the basic and then refining down to a finished sketch.

Constructing a cartoon character, with Peter Emslie, part 1 of 2

Watch the second part to this video and the second lesson after the break.

Constructing a cartoon character, with Peter Emslie, part 2 of 2

In the second video series he focuses on the cartoon head. He demonstrates how to exaggerate a character’s facial proportions while he sketching a female face. It’s all very loose and gestural and I always find it fascinating to watch other artists work. You can learn so much.

Facial proportions for cartooning, with Peter Emslie, part 1 of 2

Facial proportions for cartooning, with Peter Emslie, part 2 of 2

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