, I hope this was anything like what you were looking for!
I've been asked a few times how I go about drawing people, honestly I don't do anything fancy, I imagine this is a pretty standard way to construct faces. Did this on my tablet so pardon my fugly lines.
Er, as I say this is pretty general. I'll do my best to answer questions if there're things that aren't making sense to you. (:
FAQ: How do I get better at drawing cartoon people?
Personally I studied animated movies when I was first learning, pausing and sketching expressions and faces I liked (I still do this when I have time). I also got a hold of some nice books on portraiture (very focused hints on how to construct faces) and figure drawing. Seriously, put some time into sketching realistic human faces, it WILL make your cartoons infinitely better, I promise. Your realism doesn't even have to be any good (mine's awful), it'll just make you look critically at how faces are built. How do I get better at drawing?
Very, very simply: draw all the time and draw everything. (Find a reason to draw obsessively, mine is my storytelling bug.) Tutorials are great, observing others is great, collecting artwork that inspires you is great, and practice will bring together what you're learning.How do you work/what do you use?
Almost everything I have on dA is mechanical pencil on copy paper, scanned into Photoshop CS2 and cleaned up/painted with my tablet. My scans are 200dpi unless I'm doing a commission or something else important and then I'll do 300dpi, higher for signage type stuff or printing.
I'm often asked how I get my line art so clean, I think the mechanical pencil helps, that nice sharp point, and I do most of my messy construction lines as lightly as possible and erase them cleanly as I go.
When I need clean digital lines I'll use a combination of freehand and the pen tool and I always have a pencil sketch underneath to work from. I very rarely do inked lines because the time it takes me makes me want to kill baby animals... and I like the look of raw pencil, I suppose. Can I hug Tom?
YES, MOB HIM I SAY.