In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a funny doctor drawing wearing a simple uniform and made from simple basic lines and shapes. Everyone knows the importance of doctors in today's society.
Health is a big issue throughout the world and having access to a doctor is, unfortunately, something that is not possible for many people. To pay a tribute to all doctors around the world, let's draw a cute character ready to take care of some patients.
First, you need to draw the head, the body, the arms, the hands, the legs and the feet of the cartoon character. You can use a thin outline for now. You can also use a black outline to create all shapes. We will work with colors later in this drawing tutorial.
Now that you have drawn all major parts of the doctor, let's move on to the next step and let's add more details to make the whole illustration more enjoyable.
Use thin circles to create the pupils. For the mouth, the nose and the chin, you can draw a simple line made of two pointed ends. Hair can be drawn with normal outlines.
On the shirt of the cartoon character, you can draw a long line and a few dots to illustrate the buttons. A small cross can also be added somewhere on the clothing. Finally, you can add a long line on the legs to represent the separation between both legs.
A black and white illustration can be nice, but adding some colors can also be a good idea. To create more effects later in the tutorial, create solid shapes behind the outlines.
The head, the hands and the ears can be colored with a skin color. For the hair, I have chosen a brown tone. Of course, you can select another color if you want to. Although the shirt is supposed to be white, you can use a light grey color for now. You'll see later the reason for this.
Next, you can select the gradient tool in your vector application to add another color on each shape of the doctor drawing. It's a simple technique to create a very special effect.
For example, you can add a second color (white) on the shirt and illustrate the effect of lighting (the bottom of the shirt is darker while the top is lighter). Repeat the same steps on all shapes except for the pupils and the shoes.
Working with the gradient tool to create simple effects is nice, but it's not enough to create a professional illustration. Adding some shadows manually can also be important to give more depth to the character. To do so, simple add new dark shapes on areas not affected by lighting.
You can draw these shapes on the left side of the head, on the ears, the shirt and around the eyes. A few subtle shapes below the chin and the nose are also recommended.
Shapes added in the previous step on your doctor drawing are very important and well-placed. Unfortunately, they are too dark right now to create the desired effect. We need to play with the opacity of these new shapes.
Vector software are able to partially hide shapes using tools that can create transparency or play with the opacity of solid shapes. Use these tools so that dark shapes are now visible enough to make a difference, but not too dark to be distracting.
So far, we have done a few things to enhance the doctor drawing and give it more depth, more volume. Now that we have worked with darkness, let's work with brightness!
Duplicate all solid shapes from the cartoon character except for the pupils. Then, change the color of all shape and use white as the main color. For the pupils, you can add an oval shape to illustrate the reflection of light.
Just like we did earlier with the darker shapes, we now need to play with the opacity of all new shapes and keep a few light areas on the right side of the cartoon character to create the desired effect.
Notice on the illustration on your left how this effect gives more depth to the head of the character. While the left side is darker and filled with shadows, the right side is bright and visually more interesting to look at.
Good job! We are almost done! Now that all shapes are created, that all colors are added and all effects are perfect, we can do one last modification on the illustration. Select all shapes individually and change the color of the outlines using a similar tone, but slightly darker. Colored outlines are more interesting than simple black outlines.
That's it! Your doctor drawing is now finished. I hope you had fun creating this illustration and don't hesitate to try different characters from the same series.