Finally a cute prisoner cartoon that can be loved by anyone! With its funny little face, cute beard, flat hat and black suit filled with stripes, this adorable cartoon character is the first prisoner that can be appreciated by anyone!
Even more interesting is the fact that this drawing lesson should be an easy one since shadows and reflections are not involving a bunch of various colors. So select your favorite vector application and start creating now! :)
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.
Let's move on with the first step! Draw the outlines of the character using a few basic shapes (circles for the eyes, rectangles for the body). For now, you can use black outlines. Later in the tutorial, all lines will be removed anyway. Once you are finished, select each shape individually and use the fill tool to apply plain colors. Again, it doesn't matter if colors are not 100% accurate.
Proceed with the second step and select each shape individually. Use the gradient tool to apply some nice shadows using a mix of dark and light tone (using the same colors if possible). To make the white stripes visible, keep them slightly grey on top and darker on the bottom.
Great! Even now, the prisoner cartoon already looks more realistic (almost in 3D). Now it is time to create new additional shapes to illustrate even more shadows. In this step, all you need to do is add a few circles below each finger to represent the shadow of fingers on the piece of paper.
Keep working on the fingers and create new shapes on the bottom part of each element. Use a darker tone of skin color and use a little bit of transparency to hide the top part of the shape.
You can also create new shapes on the eyes and the pupils to represent reflection. Once again, color these new shapes in white and add some transparency on top for a better result.
For this final step, create a large shadow on the left side of the head. You can also add a little bit of reflection of the feet and below the piece of paper.
Using transparency properly is always important to succeed. To hesitate drag the handle of your transparency tool around to test a few options. Good looking prisoner cartoon, don't you think? :)