Although children are often the main audience for cartoons, a lot of adults and grown ups love watching cartoon shows. The design of cartoons is simple for a multitude of reasons but one of their most important attributes is gained to emphasize perception and depth in the thought process whilst having the quirkiness that a child’s imagination can bring to life, moment in which creativity and imagination nourishes.
In drawing you have to bring the familiar details of a human face whilst adding special characteristics that add authenticity; one ought to portray an animal or even an inanimate object in a rather simple way. Keep in mind that when drawing a cartoon, especially something for the children, you have to make something memorable and attractive to their eyes and minds.
There are now lots of ways to learn how to draw cartoons yet the most spectacular designs are simple and authentic, quirky; in addition to traditional techniques digital art is today used for 3D effects. Regardless of what style you’re trying to materialize, the basic steps of drawing cartoons characters are roughly the same and the following article contains the world`s most popular 35 tutorials and guides to pursue if you want o learn how to draw cartoons.
How To Draw Cartoons
1. CARTOON EYES SAMPLES
Your character can change appearance by mixing different features, eyes are an option. Cartoon eyes are widely different. You can choose from the common ones or create your own character’s eyes. Authenticity is key !
2. CARTOON MOUTH SAMPLES
Mouths are also a very important component. The mouth depicts emotion so you may want to change their mouth movements based on what they are doing or feeling.
3. CARTOON FACES AND EMOTIONS
Here are some of the most common cartoon faces with different expressions that you can attempt to recreate. Small changes bring immense differences in facial expression.
4. HOW TO DRAW A CARTOON CHARACTER
The basics of drafting a cartoon character. This is important as drafting will help you get the shape of their face, their bodies and their poses. This can help you plan out what your character will look like and what they’ll be doing. Sketch, sketch and sketch in the search of incredible.
5. CARTOON HAIR SAMPLES
The hairstyle of your character can most often say whether they are a male or a female character. Although these are the most common hairstyles, you can definitely create your own and mix a few attributes like a curly pigtail, a long braid, a brunette ponytail and so on. The hair speaks about the character too, about its identity and background.
6. HOW TO DRAW HANDS IN CARTOON STYLE
You may notice that cartoon characters usually just have four fingers. But that does not mean that you can’t use your own hands for reference. Nonetheless, here are some basic hand movements you will need.
7. CARTOON LEGS
The great thing about drawing cartoons is that you won’t need to follow exactly what a person looks-like. You can create different body structures depending on your preference.
8. TYPES OF CARTOON NOSES
Here are the most common types of noses that you can place on your cartoon character. It may even help you when it comes to determining what kind of character you have drawn.
9. HOW TO DRAW CARTOON BATMAN
Apart from creating your own characters, you can even draw some popular ones already. Even children can do this simple and easy step by step tutorial on how to draw a cartoon Batman and the result drawing bring immense satisfaction and joy !
10. HEAD SHAPES & VOLUMES
Again, you don’t have to follow exactly what a person looks like in real life. You can simply create your own character and sometimes, even the weirdest head shapes could still work.
11. HANDS AND FEET CHEAT SHEET
Here’s a little cheat sheet for hands and feet. These depict the most common movements and how you ought to draw them. Even if you draw your hands and feet another way, this could still help in the bigger picture.
12. DRAWING A FEMALE FACE IN 3D CARTOONS
3D art is harder than traditional 2D drawings as there`s a need of depth to construct the illusion that your drawing is alive, that it has volume. Nonetheless, the key to that is the right shading, coloring and lighting.
13. MORE CARTOON MOUTHS
Here are more cartoon mouths that you can mix with different features to create your own unique character.
14. FEMALE CARTOON CHARACTER
If you want your cartoon character to look normal, natural and life-like you will need a much more normal head shape and most importantly, the right proportions of their facial features.
15. EMOTIONS OF CARTOON CHARACTERS
Here are the most basic expressions that you can draw with the mixture of eyes and mouths. The character portrayed in this sample is likely an animal. So if you’re trying to create a character, you don’t really have to worry even if they are human or an animal as in cartoons, everything is possible.
16. HOW THE EYES CAN EXPRESS EMOTION
If you’re going for the normal cartoon eyes, here are ways on how you can draw them to express any emotions. Eyes and eyebrows play an important role in story-telling.
17. HOW TO DRAW THE POWERPUF GIRLS – POPULAR CARTOON CHARACTERS
The Power-puff girls are one of the most popular cartoon characters. You can learn how to draw them first before starting your own characters.
18. CARTOON ANIMALS – SNAKE
Apart from a person, you can also draw different animals into cartoon form. This is the usual way of drawing a snake: coiled with their tongue out. It’s simple and less scary than in real life.
19. LOWERCASE “A” INTO A CARTOON SNAIL
Turning a letter, number or a shape into another form is one of the best ways for beginners and children to memorize how to draw something. For example, this lowercase “a” can turn into a snail in six simple steps. The practice can nourish creativity and bring immense joy on an educative process one ought to enjoy.
20. DRAWING A CARTOON HORSE
Horses are rather hard to draw when you’re aiming for a realistic touch. But it’s easier when doing it in cartoon form. Everything is much simpler. But you still have to draft carefully so the body is still proportionate.
21. DRAW A CARTOON COW FROM THE LETTER “D”
Who thought that letter “D” can also be turned into a cow? This fun activity is a great way to enhance your children’s ability.
22. ANOTHER SET OF CARTOON MOUTHS
Here are more cartoon mouths that you can use and incorporate with other features.
23. GUIDE TO DRAWING DIFFERENT EMOTIONS
A more elaborate guide on how you can draw different emotions. Again, the eyes and the eyebrows are the best ways to draw happiness, sadness, excitement, anger and more.
24. DRAWING DIFFERENT CHARACTERS
Draw your characters side by side so it is easier for you to determine how each pose would look like. You can afterwards draw them individually for more details. To create unique characters, you can combine different features, body and facial shapes.
25. DIFFERENT HEAD SHAPES AND HAIR
If you’re trying to go with the more natural cartoon looks, you can recreate real human face shapes into your drawings. Of course, the hair plays a part on how they would look like just like in real life.
26. HOW TO DRAW CARTOON CHARACTERS – DARTH VADER
Darth Vader, among the most popular villains of all times could also look adorable!
27. HOW TO DRAW A CARTOON ANIMAL – DOG
Puppies are as commonly draw as a person so drawing how to draw a puppy might be a good idea.
28. HOW TO DRAW FLAMES
You may or may not need to draw flames but it is always good to learn how to draw inanimate objects with no definite shape. Usually in cartoon form, they have this usual way of drawing them which makes it easier for beginners.
29. DRAW A CARTONISH HARRY POTTER AND HEDWIG
Now you can turn to much more complicated cartoon drawings and go for Harry Potter and Hedwig; two of the most popular characters in literature and pop culture.
30. DRAWING THE POSES
The body looks different with every movement. But as cartoon drawings doesn’t literally move, the artist has to draw them in a certain position that often involves the idea of movement, that being said, the way the body looks in a certain pose can be different so it’s important to draft and learn how to draw that pose with various characters.
31. DRAWING FACES FROM DIFFERENT FACE SHAPES
Cartoon characters usually have different face shapes. Here are example of characters with peculiar shapes of face and how they could likely work.
32. HOW TO DRAW CARTOON PEGASUS
Pegasus are mostly characters on fantasy cartoons. They are horses with wings and originated with Greek mythology, although they are harder to draw realistically, you can easily do that while building on the cartoon form.
33. DRAW A CARTOON NINJA
Ninjas can be easy or hard to draw and while they usually have the same look, clad in black overall, they usually don’t have much expression. However, as ninjas are often fighting and moving around, the poses can be more difficult to draw.
34. HOW TO DRAW A CARTOON BABY
You may have drawn grown-ups or even children, but learning how to draw babies can help you create more diverse characters settings, especially when you’re making a story.
35. FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
If you’re having difficulty with drawing expressions, these can most likely help you!
The tutorial and guides on how to draw cartoons showcased above ought to help you create the extraordinary, the beautiful, through simple and expressive means. What artistic expression do you use ? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below !
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