40 Cartoon Character Design Tutorials in Photoshop (And Others)

Cartoon character and mascots are usually used to identify a brand. It’s the perfect tool to share a message with your audience. Creating characters in different editing tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or Corel Draw is also so much fun and could be a great way to familiarize yourself with a program.

There are numerous tutorials around the web explaining how to create different characters step by step. That’s why in this list we have here; there are 40 cool tutorials to help you create lovable cartoon characters – some familiar, some new. Also included are tutorials on character poses, character sprite sheets and comic character sheets.

Photoshop

Fun, red-haired boy – This video tutorial demonstrates how to illustrate a fun red-haired child in Adobe Photoshop.

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Character with shapes & pen tool – Learn to draw a funny cartoon character with open mouth and big eyes with this simple guide.

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Blue vector character from Sketch to Coloring – Create a simple blue vector monster from sketch in Photoshop.

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Corel Draw

Geeky zombie mascot – In his CorelDRAW tutorial you’ll get to know how to create a cartoon geek zombie mascot from a simple sketch.

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Affinity Designer

Cartoon penguin in winter – Use Affinity Designer to draw a colorful cartoon penguin with warn winter feel.

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Game character sprite sheet – In this tutorial ypu’ll see the process of creating bird-like creature for video and mobile games using various tools and functions of Affinity Designer.

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Futuristic robot – Use Affinity Designer to create this friendly cute robot on blue background with simple shapes and gradients.

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Autumn girl – Create an autumn illustration with a nice girl in gumboots, holding an umbrella using Adobe Illustrator.

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Illustrator

Simple kawaii Yeti with basic shapes – In this tutorial, you’ll see the process of creating a monster Kawaii Yeti using simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator.

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Killer chainsaw bunny – With this awesome tutorial you can create a Bucket ‘o’ Thought character and add a dynamic background effect.

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8-bit pixel character – This simple guide shows how to create a simple 8-bit style pixel character using nothing by the rectangle tool.

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Cute vector reindeer – It’s summer, but Christmas will come eventually. So, learn to create a funny cute reindeer in Illustrator.

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Cartoon waiter – In this Illustrator tutorial you’ll see the process of creating a funny cartoon waiter with a food tray.

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Summer girl – Create a funny summer girl with a slice of watermelon in hand using Adobe Illustrator.

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Retro Fox – Create a fox character with retro feel on dots background with Adobe Illustrator using basic shapes, stylish colors and the Warp Effect tool.

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Little Red Riding Hood with basic shapes – In this guide you’ll be creating a cute cartoon Little Red Riding Hood with her basket and bunch of flowers using Pen Tool and basic shapes.

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Elegant-patterned vector owl – In this simple Illustrator guide you’ll be creating a cute patterned owl character.

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Comic character sheet – This Illustrator tutorial will help you to visualize a girl cartoon character, draw her and her facial expressions.

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Cute cactus – Create a cute cactus character in vector format in Illustrator using basic shapes, Line Segment Tool and a Warp Effect.

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Cute gingerbread man – This simple yet awesome Illustrator guide will teach you how to create a cute gingerbread man character in vector.

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How to design a mascot – This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a funny hamburger mascot character in Illustrator from sketch.

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Mobile phone – In this tutorial you’ll get to know how to create a funny illustration of cute mobile phone using basic shapes and tools, combined with the power of Blending Modes.

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Cute raccoon character – Use this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create an adorable raccoon in leaves.

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Quirky character – In this simple Illustrator tutorial you’ll see how to create character of a red hat girl using basic shapes.

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How to create a meditating cartoon cow – Learn how to create a meditating cow using simple coloring techniques in Adobe Illustrator.

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Owl using a circular grid – In this simple guide you’ll get to know how to create a circular grid and design a cute owl character.

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Cute hairy vector monster – Here is one more cute monster character tutorial in this collection.

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Cute vector penguin – Use this simple step-by-step Adobe Illustrator tutorial to draw a cute pinguin and bring the character to life with depth and dimension.

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Cartoon worm – Create a funny cartoon worm using gradients in Adobe Illustrator.

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Kawaii vampire chibi – In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial you’ll see how to draw a chibi character from scratch using the Shape Builder Tool, Pen Tool and transparent gradients.

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Vector monster – Create a funny green monster with basic shapes in Photoshop.

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Vector yeti – Create lazy and slow Yeti monster in Adobe Illustrator.

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Character poses for a video game – In this guide you’ll get to know how to create a cool character for a video game “beat ’em up” and turn a sketch into a vector image.

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Cute creature from a sketch – In this guide you’ll see the process of creating a funny creature with huge eyebrows from sketch using custom brushes, the Paintbrush tool, Pen tool, and the Live Paint Bucket tool.

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Cool vector robot – Here you’ll learn to create simple vector cartoon robot character using lots of basic shapes such as rectangles and circles, stroke weights, gradient fills and subtle highlights.

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Minion – In this tutorial you will use Photoshop and Illustrator to create a cute minion character from Despicable Me.

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Mascot – Create a boy with laptop mascot character in vector format from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator CS4.

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