How To Draw Professional Looking Cartoon Characters
The cartoon dog's ears are big and
I'm going to show you how to draw a cartoon character, and I thought it might be quite fun to make that character a dog, and we are just going to work in pencil, so you just need a pencil and a rubber to work with. Okay, so first of all, we need to draw out all the basic shapes. So, we need a circle, like this. We need a tube shape here. Then we need a slightly larger circle here, looks a bit like a duck at the moment but it won't look at like a duck by the time we finish. Then we need a larger circle here, like so, and then a very basic shape for the leg, basic shape there, and then for the back leg, because he is walking along, we actually want to have the leg behind like this and then we've got the other leg forward here, okay, and then a little stump here which will eventually be the tail of the dog. Okay, let's work on the dog's features. So first of all, we need to block out the shape of the nose. And the front of the nose on a dog and on a cat actually is the same. It's that sort of strange, little shape there, and then we're going to have him smiling. Let's give him a big smile. Let's give him a big bug eye as this is meant to be a cartoon. So let's give him a nice eye, and maybe an eyebrow. Okay, next, we need to shape around the head a little bit more, not too much on the back because I need to draw in the ear there, so I don't want to define that too much. Then we connect all the dots up, if you like, all the shapes. Okay, that's our basic shape, and let's give our dog a tail. So we'll add a little tail to our stump shape that we created. Okay, next, we are going to add the ears in, and I shouldn't have done that bit too much. We are going to give him big, big floppy ears. Because after all, this is a cartoon dog and we want it to look quite funny. And then, you mustn't forget the other ear. Otherwise he is going to look very two-dimensional if you forget to add the other ear. Okay. So, next, we can add a bit more detailing, maybe a bit more wrinkles to his grin and maybe a funny little tooth hanging out. Give him a bit of a personality. And then we can start shading in areas. Maybe he has got a patch of a different color on his rump, just here, like so. Rub out some of the original guidelines because obviously, they are going to spoil the overall effect. You don't really want those showing in your final artwork. And then you add a couple of whiz lines because he's busy moving along. And let's just shade in the nose as well a little bit, okay, and a few hairs to his coat and to his tail. And, of course, he's walking along so let's put a bit of ground underneath him. And there's your cartoon dog! .