Drawing an ant cartoon can be fun especially when you are able to design a cute cartoon character. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use a vector graphic software to create a good-looking cartoon animal in 8 easy steps. You must be able to reproduce the first step on your own if you want to use this tutorial.
You won't learn how to draw a cute ant using basic shapes, but rather how to enhance a cartoon character with a vector software. If you can handle your software and create all the basic operations with it, you should be able to complete this drawing lesson quite easily.
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.
In the first step, create the character using basic shapes and the pen tool. Use a simple outline to guide you. Then, apply a few basic colors like shown above. Make sure that all outlines are set to none (or 0). Use different tones of colors so that each shape can be seen easily.
For this second step, use your gradient tool on the head and the body of your ant cartoon. Make sure that the bottom right part is darker while the top left part is lighter.
Do the same thing on the antennas, the arms, the legs and the mouth. The lower eyelid on the right eye also needs to be modified. Notice how the antenna on the left is darker. It's also the case for the right arm and the right leg. This is an easy tip to add some depth on an illustration.
It's now time to work on the eyes. Use the gradient tool (circular shadow is preferable) and color the eyes with a light grey tone. Make sure that the center of the circular fill is white. You can also add a very subtle eyebrow over the left eye.
Let's add more details on the eyes. Use a small white circle and place it on each pupil. Use your transparency tool to hide the bottom part of the circle. Repeat the same process on the eye itself.
Create a white circle and place it on the top right part of each eye. You can also add a large oval shape around the left eye. This shape should be darker on the bottom and lighter on top.
To make the left eye even more visible, add another round shape inside the oval one you created in the last step. This new shape should be a little bit darker than the oval one.
You can also add some shadows below the arms and the legs of your ant cartoon. These shadows should be dark and if you want them to look more realistic, add a small curve in these new elements so that they can follow the shape of the body.
Now, let's add a few dark shadows on the left side of our drawing. Apply these new shadows on the head and the body. Use the transparency tool to hide the top part a little.
The same process can be applied to create light shadows on the right side of the ant cartoon. These new shapes should be colored with a light tone of brown and use the transparency tool to hide the bottom a little bit.
Nice job! You should have created a nice looking character by now! Like you can see, your character doesn't need to be complex to be beautiful. Just use the right effects at the right place and you are done! :)