Self-portraits are a staple of any well-designed art class, and for us in animation, it will be no different.  The only difference — we will be turning ourselves into a cartoon!  Yay!

First, you will be using all the skills and tools you’ve learned in ToonBoom to create a “snapshot” of yourself; this is essentially a sample test to get you comfortable for your second assignment, which is the actual self-portrait.  When creating the first snapshot, be loose with your lines drawings, take your brush’s Smoothness up high, so that your lines are well-defined and smooth.

Also, be sure to check out the samples below.

Good luck and enjoy!

ASSIGNMENT01: SNAPSHOT

  1. Take a picture of yourself in Photo Booth
  2. Import it into Toon Boom
  3. Trace yourself and add color
  4. Draw a rectangular box around yourself as a background and fill it in with a gradient (do not turn in your self portrait with a white background)
  5. Add additional background elements if desired (not required)
  6. When you’re done, go to FILE > EXPORT SNAPSHOT and choose PNG
  7. Name it P#_LastFirst_Snapshot
  8. Submit your artwork to the appropriate Dropbox

ASSIGNMENT02: SELF-PORTRAIT

  1. Import the photo that you chose of yourself and begin tracing
  2. Remember that this self-portrait is a lot more detailed than the previous snapshot, so include background elements that represent you
  3. Again, no white backgrounds, fill in all areas
  4. When you’re done, go to FILE > EXPORT SNAPSHOT and choose PNG
  5. Name it P#_LastFirst_SelfPortrait
  6. Submit your artwork to the appropriate Dropbox

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