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Creating a 2D Avatar from a Photo Reference
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Released Nov 1, 2012
Kurt Jones

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Kurt Jones
Welcome to this series of tutorials focusing on creating a 2D avatar based on a photo reference. We will begin this process by discussing what an avatar is and how it can represent a user in a digital form. We'll also examine the photo that we'll be referencing and explore sketching a caricature based off this photo to be used as our avatar. From there, we'll begin fleshing out our avatar's base facial expression by adding line work and blocking in colors and values. Finally, we'll learn how we can create an additional expression for our avatar by using most of the information contained within our initial expression. Throughout this course we will be focusing on how the different aspects of our avatar read visually when shrunken down.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:07
Sketching from a photo reference
2

Sketching from a photo reference

 
09:06
Continuing our sketch
3

Continuing our sketch

 
11:55
Adding line work
4

Adding line work

 
09:57
Applying base colors
5

Applying base colors

 
10:26
Blocking in additional colors and values
6

Blocking in additional colors and values

 
10:48
Blending and refining colors and values
7

Blending and refining colors and values

 
10:54
Adding additional details and coloring line work
8

Adding additional details and coloring line work

 
11:16
Tips for creating an additional expression
9

Tips for creating an additional expression

 
10:58
Painting areas for the new expression
10

Painting areas for the new expression

 
10:24
Final touches and thoughts
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Final touches and thoughts

 
03:42