Head Drawing
(Cartoon Painting)

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Learn how to draw a nice head drawing based on a simple sketch! Do you ever draw while you are occupied doing something else? I know I do! Whenever I talk on the phone, I always pick up a pencil to draw anything that comes to mind. I can be a character, an animal or just a bunch of abstract lines.

That's exactly how I came up with this character. I work on it while talking on the phone in a few occasions. Since I was not quite inspired to create another tutorial, I figured it would be a nice challenge to pick up this drawing and turn it into a painting tutorial.

Since shadows are already created with the grey areas, the result should be filled with great textures. Honestly, I think I found a style that I am very comfortable with. That's the beauty of creation... inspiration can be found anywhere, even on the phone!

Step 1

Head drawing

Here is the original drawing. I love creating shadows with my pencil. I use my fingers to create light shadows and most of the time, these drawings are spontaneous and very warm.

Step 2

Head drawing

Once the drawing was imported in my application, I duplicated the canvas and set the new layer to multiply. Then, I added plain colors on the character and the background.

Step 3

Head drawing

As usual, I tried to complete the background before working on the head drawing. The original lines are used to create simple textures.

Step 4

Head drawing

Since the skin was a little bit too yellow, I applied another plain color on the character. Then, I started to work on shadows using a color slightly darker than the original one.

Step 5

Head drawing

I repeat the same process by adding more and more shadows using a darker tone of color each time. The head drawing is getting more readable and visually interesting.

Step 6

Head drawing

Once the dark shadows are done, I select a light tone of color to create reflections. My goal is to create a face that looks as natural as possible.

Step 7

Head drawing

In this step, I add two blue circles to create the eyes and smaller dots (colored in black) that will be used to illustrate the pupils.

Step 8

Head drawing

The sketching "feeling" of the illustration is nice, but a few lines are clearly misplaced. I use the eraser to remove lines on the eyes, the forehead and near the mouth and nose.

Step 9

Head drawing

For this last step, I simply add a darker tone of color on the background to make the character more visible. That's it! Using a simple sketch, I have created a nice head drawing in only a few minutes. I really enjoy this technique and hopefully, I will be back with more drawing lesson like this one! :)


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