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Creating a 2D Avatar from a Photo Reference

by Kurt Jones

This course focuses on creating a 2D avatar based on a photo reference. Software Required: Photoshop CS6

What you'll learn

Welcome to this series of tutorials 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. Software Required: Photoshop CS6

About the author

Kurt is a design tutor at Pluralsight. Ever since he could hold a crayon, Kurt has been in love with drawing. Apart from his dedication to training artists at Pluralsight, Kurt has an extensive background in illustration. He has previously worked for a book publisher, as well as Rhythm and Hues Studios. It was through his extensive industry background that Kurt learned the way of the Wacom, and that the Pen tool is truly mightier than the sword. Along with creating beautiful 2D illustrations,... more

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