Before we begin, I strongly recommend you to read the first tutorial in this series, named “Creating a female cartoon avatar in Inkscape”. Many steps of this tutorial are the same that in the previous one, so I’m going to omit them. They are: setting the interface, creating paths, choice of colors, adding volume etc. All these can be found here.
- by curving the ellipse path (F5);
- with the Bezier curve (Shift+F6) in “Ellipse” shape mode. If the width of the path does not suit you, you should convert the object to path (Path > Object to Path) and go to the menu Path > Dynamic Offset (Ctrl+J). By dragging the white pointer to the left and right, you change the offset distance. To be able to edit and move the path after the applying Dynamic Offset, you should convert the object to path again (Shift+Ctrl+C).
3. Then move on to the creation of a beard with a Bezier curve (Shift+F6) and a rectangle (F4). Most likely, the beard will come out beyond the path of the head. If it wasn’t originally intended, unite both created objects (Path > Union) and do the intersection with duplicate of a head (Path > Intersection). By the way, the use of intersections can greatly simplify your work.
4. Create a hair path, make the nodes smooth. It should be noted here that the hair are placed in the foreground (Object > Raise To Top).
— Create a shirt path and move on to the shirt collar. The collar consists of three parts, one of which will be located behind the character (Object > Lower to Bottom). The other two parts are symmetrical, flipped horizontally (H) and filled with a lighter color.
— The tie can be created by using a simple square (Ctrl+F4).
- Create a square and rotate it by 45 degrees (by holding down the Ctrl button)
- Duplicate (Ctrl+D) the rhomb, extend its length and add an additional node.
- Duplicate the shirt rectangle and make the intersection with the tie (Path > Intersection).
2. Add details to hair, eyes and lips.
Some elements that make your avatar too much detailed (highlight for iris, lips and nose) may be omited. Especially if you plan to use avatar only in low resolution.
That's all! Our male cartoon avatar is ready. To make it more lively, you can experiment with its facial expressions.
Such emotion as a surprise can be expressed through rounded mouth, wide eyes and raised eyebrows. Joy is expressed through a broad smile and happiness — with a bigger smile and raised eyebrows. Sneaky expression can be created with narrowed eyes, one raised eyebrow and with a smirk instead of a smile.
When you create a facial expression you need to consider the position and shape of such face parts as eyebrows, eyes and mouth. You can even experiment in front of the mirror and try to portray different emotions by yourself as a reference.
If you’ve found any mistakes in the text or you have a better solution feel free to comment. Thank you!
*This tutorial in other languages: Russian
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