Stock art is a big part of just about any design business these days. Today I want to share with you a really cool service I found that focuses on one niche of design, cartoon characters! I'm sure you've seen all sorts of these types of toon characters used in various forms around the web. I've seen lots of them used in logos especially. These are certainly not an easy task to design, and usually require you to find an artist to customize a toon character for you, and that can get really expensive. And at the end of the day, you probably have exactly one pose of this character to use.
Enter ToonCharacters.com. These guys specialize in creating HUGE packs of poses for a toon character, and then selling those for you use how you see fit for a really affordable price. Seriously, each pack can be had for as little as $8. Even the most expensive version of each pack is $32, and for that you get scalable, editible source files that even included the individual shapes used to make up the characters so that you can create your own customized version! If you've even tried to commission work on one of these guys, I can't tell you how awesome of a deal this is. They can be used on whatever your imagination can come up with. Business cards, websites, apps, tee shirts, newsletters, posters...whatever you like!
Also, there are a ton of these packs available. They have well over 100 different characters currently available, ranging from business men, to ninjas, to superheroes, males, females, kids...there are so many! Take a look around the site, there is something to fit just about any need.
These files come in a really nicely structured download that allows you to quickly find what you need. If you have the know how, I recommend trying out one of the ultimate packs and playing around with the .ai files they give you of the individual body parts, etc.
Here are some photos of some of the characters and poses, enjoy!
That last image is what you get when you download one of their ultimate packs. As you can, very easy to work with. If this is something that interests you or fills a need, definitely check it out!