You will be able to use simple shapes to create animals
You will be able to use simple shapes to create cartoon characters
Create: Several Cartoon Animal on multiple artboards & Post on Canvas under Assignments.
Watch: Pencil Tool Video
Review: How they Created these Cartoons
Review: The meaning of Shapes
Review: Expressions for cartoons
Watch: Golden Mean video
The Meaning of Color or what colors to use to provoke an emotion.
Practical advice on how to use shapes to draw animals
Picture of a cute rat
Cartoon drawing (thanks Desiree) doesn't have to be perfect!
Exaggerating body parts can help (extra wide, long or short body parts)
Just pick the main features (largest) and go from there.
Use circles, ellipses and rectangles for main body parts
Modify and combine the shapes to create the body.
Add spots and stripes or other features that
Drawing realistic human figures, learn the proportions.