Learn how to illustrate a fun cartoon vulture made from several cool effects and relevant colors. Using a modern vector application, I will show you how to draw this cute cartoon animal in just six easy steps. This tutorial is not dedicated to help you learn how to create this vulture, but rather how to add cool digital effects to create a drawing that is full of life, depth and volume.
Ready? Great! Let's begin with the creation of the animal using several curved lines. The beak must be long and pointed. The head is flat and the back of this one is rounded. The neck is almost broken and the wings are large and long. I also like to draw huge pupils and large feet. The illustration below can help you if you need more assistance for this part of the tutorial.
Next, draw new shapes behind the outlines. These shapes must be solid and filled with plain colors. The beak can be yellow (with a touch of orange), the head pink, the body and the wings are brown and the feet are orange. The small circular shape around the neck can remain white as shown below.
Select the gradient fill tool and add a second color to all shapes. For instance, the bottom of the beak must be darker while the top should be brighter. The goal is to give more volume to this vulture using only colors. New shapes will be added in the next step.
Indeed, you can now draw additional shapes to create more shadows inside this character. All new shapes must be darker and slightly transparent. These new elements are shown with pink and blue outlines below (colors that are only used to make this step easier to read).
This is our cartoon vulture once all shapes are added. This illustration is already quite interesting to look at. However, adding highlights can also help bring more volume to the character. Let's add more effects in step number six.
In this step, you must sketch more shapes that are all filled in white. Also, these new elements are partially visible to end up with a subtle result. These new highlights are contributing to create a visually more interesting cartoon character.
Amazing! This is the vulture once all steps are completed, I hope you had fun working with this drawing tutorial. This simple cartoon animal is a little bit complex to achieved, but I'm sure you can do it if you practice as often as needed! Nice work! :)