This fun tutorial is loaded with simple tips to create a dentist cartoon using a few basic shapes and a vector application! All you need to do is create a similar character on your own (requires some knowledge using a vector software) and I will show you how to add simple effects like transparency and shadows.
Remember that most vector applications are similar. They all have gradient and transparency tools. However, these effects are not always applied using a similar process. Please make sure that you are 100% comfortable with your software before proceeding.
Important note: For each step available below, the first image represents the operation you must perform for this particular step. All changes are surrounded by a red outline.
On the second image, you will have the opportunity to see the result of this particular step.
First, duplicate the character using simple basic shapes. You can create your own character if you prefer to make a more personalized illustration. Then, add a few plain colors to get started. As you can see, the character is still pretty simple so far.
Select the gradient tool and add a few shadows on each shape. Most of the time, the darker part of the shape is located on the bottom. The character is already more appealing, but we can do better than that.
Create circles on the pupils, the eyes and behind the eyes. The circles on the pupils and the eyes must be white and slightly transparent on top. The circles that you created behind the eyes must be larger and colored with a darker tone. Eyes will be easier to read now.
Finally, you need to create four new shapes to illustrate the shadows on the shirt, the head and the feet. Once again, using transparency to hide the top part of the shapes can be a good idea. For the feet, you need to hide the bottom part of the shape.
You are already done! Creating a nice dentist cartoon is a simple task if you know how to use transparency and colors efficiently. Good job! :)