This turorial is based on a waiter drawing created from a simple cartoon design. The character is dressed in a black suit, but it doesn't mean that this drawing lesson will be easier than the other ones!
A simple design is often harder to create than a simple one. You can't hide your mistakes under tons of details. You need to be careful and draw the shapes as accurately as possible. Let's draw this character now!
First, let's draw the cartoon character using a few circles and some curved lines. Start by adding the head and the eyes. Once you are done, illustrate the ears using small circles. For the hair, you can draw three curved lines. Finally, draw a large rectangle to illustrate the body and add two more rectangles to represent the arms.
You can complete the character by adding the legs using a square. For the feet, you can use triangles to form this part of the body. Now that the body is created, you can add more details on the face. A few lines can be added to illustrate the mouth, the nose and the chin. You can also add a few details on the shirt using thin lines for now (these lines will be removed in the next step).
Time to add some colors. Black is the most popular color used for a waiter. You can color the suit, the pupils and the hair using black. Select a nice skin color and apply it on the face, the ears and the hands. You can color the bow tie in red and the inside of the suit in white. Since we are working with a vector software (you are, right?), you can remove the outlines for both shapes created on the suit.
Select the gradient tool and add a second color (darker if possible) on the skin, the bow tie and the suit (the white part). Make sure that this second color is darker and located on the bottom of each shape.
For the skin, don't forget to use this tool on the face, the ears and the hands. You don't have to apply any new color for all black areas on the waiter drawing.
You can add extra shadows on elements like the face, the hands and the ears. These extra shapes are crucial if we want to add more volume to the character. Simply select a color that is darker and make sure that these new shapes are relevant with the position of the light source. You can also add a long circular shape around both eyes to enhance the readability of this part of the illustration.
Shapes created in the previous step are perfect, but slightly too dark to be effective. All vector application have a tool to let you play with the opacity of a solid shape. Use this tool and make sure that the opacity is set to 50% or less. If possible, it's also a good idea to make the right part of each shape almost invisible. For the left part, you can make it more visible to increase the effect.
Don't worry! The character is not covered with snow! We just need to create another cool effect to add even more volume and depth to the waiter drawing. Duplicate most shapes and change the color to white.
If you can, it's also a good idea to scale these shapes a little bit. You can also use the gradient tool to hide the top part of the left leg for a cooler result.
Once again, you can play with the opacity of these shapes so that the white areas are subtle and carefully located on areas that are affected by the light source. Unlike the darker shapes, these shapes must be invisible on the left side, but brighter on the right side. Good job! We can add one more modification to complete this tutorial on how to create a waiter drawing!
Black outlines are nice, but the illustration can be even better if we use colored outlines on shapes that are not filled in black. Simply select each shape that is filled with a color and pick a color that is close, but darker than the one used to fill the shape. The result is a professional illustration made with great shapes, filled with nice colors and created with cool effects! :)