Draw and create a cartoon seahorse that is visually appealing and easy to achieved using a simple vector application. In this lesson, I will show you how to illustrate a fun version of this interesting cartoon animal.
It's true that this seahorse might look like the singer of a punk/rock band. However, there is nothing rock and roll about this tutorial. Achieving your goal of drawing an illustration like this one is feasible once you are familiar with a few basic tips described below. Let's draw this seahorse now! :)
First, you must use small pointed lines to illustrate the animal. No colors or solid shapes are needed for now. As you can see below, curved lines and simple shapes like circles are used to build this character. Most outlines are already filled with colors, but you can wait later in the drawing lesson if you prefer before coloring these lines.
Next, it's now time to draw solid shapes filled with plain colors behind the outlines. Three colors are used to illustrate this seahorse: blue for the pupils, green for the body and the top fin and yellow for all other fins. The eye can remain white.
In this step, let's add a first digital effect to create volume. Use the gradient fill tool to add a second color on all shapes. For example, the pupil is darker on the bottom and brighter on top. Repeat this technique on all shapes.
Great! Another easy technique that can be used to add depth is drawing additional shapes (that are darker) in areas that are not affected by the light source (which can be located on top of the drawing). You can see all added shapes below (the ones with a temporary pink outline). You can also hide these new shapes partially to create a subtle effect.
Nice work! Shadows are great to give more volume to a cartoon image, but adding highlights is also a good alternative. Simply draw white shapes as shown below (once again, the new shapes with a temporary pink outline) and play with the opacity of these new shapes to create a very subtle effect.
This is the final illustration once all digital effects are added. Creating your own seahorse can be a good exercise if you also want to develop your own style. I hope you had fun working on this great illustration and don't hesitate to try more lessons from the same series!