Learn how to create a simple illustration of a bunny using simple lines, shapes and colors in just five easy steps. Then, I will show you how to play with outlines and strokes to enhance your bunny and add a little bit of personality to the character. Of course, you can then create your own versions using all the tips and techniques learned in this cartoon tutorial! :)
Are you familiar enough with this animal before proceeding with this drawing lesson? If not, then please take a look at the illustration above as I am going through all the features that make this cute cartoon bunny so unique and special ...
Great! Now that we are more familiar with this cute little animal, let's see how we can draw this one using the lesson found below.
First, let's draw a few basic shapes to help us throughout the drawing process. You can start by sketching the head using a square. Then, you can draw irregular shapes above the head to form the ears. You can see these shapes below. Continue by adding a large rectangle for the body and smaller ones for the arms. The feet are made from large oval shapes.
Using a mix of long and small curved lines, draw the ears, the head, the body, the arms and the feet to create this illustration of a bunny. Because of the posture of the character, legs are not visible from this angle. Don't forget to add hair near the cheeks, on the top of the head and on the bottom of the body.
Sketch two small circles to represent the eyes. The pupils are made from smaller circles. Then, draw two small lines (shaped like triangles) to illustrate the nose. The mouth is done using one vertical line and a large horizontal one. Finally, complete this step by drawing large rectangular teeth below the mouth.
Inside the ears, draw two long curved lines to create patches. You can also draw a very long curved line on the stomach of the illustration of a bunny to form the third patch. Long straight lines are also added inside the feet of the animal to complete this fourth step.
Since we are creating a bunny (and not a rabbit), let's use a color that is obviously not very realistic: pink. Make sure that the ears, the head and the body are all filled with the same color. All patches found inside the ears and on the stomach can be lighter while the feet can be darker. The nose is also filled with a dark pink color while the eyes and the teeth are white. I also selected a light pink color for the pupils.
You can see all five steps required to draw this bunny below. Now that we know how to draw a simple illustration of a bunny using mostly basic shapes and lines, let's see how we can improve this image by modifying outlines and strokes.
Yes, it's quite possible to draw cartoon animals and characters without adding outlines and strokes. Only the most important ones are still visible (like the lines used to create the mouth, the feet and a few more to separate the arms from the body). The result is still appealing and visually interesting.
In this second example, lines are large and extremely visible. In fact, these lines are almost too distracting compared to the original version. You can still use this technique if you are creating images for kids or people with visual problems. Otherwise, you can forget about using large outlines like these ones.
Maybe you didn't notice, but all outlines and strokes created so far were drawn with both ends being sharp and pointed. In this version found below, all lines have a regular width. The result is still visually interesting, but pointed outlines are more dynamic and easier to read.
Another fun option filled with lines that are sketchy, blurry and softer. These lines look more natural and this illustration of a bunny feels genuine and almost made from real pencils. Strokes are subtle and don't have a huge impact on the bunny (like the large ones did a few steps ago).
Black outlines are fine, but adding colors can be better. That's what I did with this cartoon bunny using mostly a dark pink color. This version feels warmer, softer and gentle for the reader. Remember that black outlines are not your only option ... colors can be everywhere!
Don't hesitate to mix a few of these techniques to create something new. Strokes and outlines can be modified in various ways to create new designs and characters that are visually challenging and appealing. Simply find your own recipe and make as many test as needed to come up with the perfect solution. :)