No need to change the diapers of this cute baby cartoon! All you have to do is follow this drawing lesson carefully and everything should be OK! :) This funny character is the subject of this tutorial that was created to help you add shadows so that you can create a more realistic cartoon character.
You don't need to use a 3D software to come up with fun and interesting 3D characters. A little bit of imagination and a few basic tips are all it takes to create nice illustrations. Just open your vector software and let's move on with the first step!
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.
You can start with the video version found below. Then, simply try the step-by-step tutorial found on this page to learn how to add more effects to your cartoon character. :)
First, sketch your character using basic shapes, the draw tool and a few dark lines. These lines will be removed later on. Once you are finished, add plain colors to your illustration. Once again, it doesn't matter if things don't look too relevant for now.
Now it's time to move on and use the gradient tool. Select all shapes one-by-one and add a basic gradient fill to create a first layer of shadow. As you can see, the character already looks more realistic, but we can do better than that.
Since the eyes are hard to read, create a few circles to add reflections on the pupils and the eyes. These new shapes must be white and slightly transparent. Then, create another large set of circles to be placed behind the eyes. You can make the top transparent. You can also add dark shadows below the head and near the feet of your baby cartoon.
Finally, complete this tutorial by sketching a shadow on the left side of the head of the character. You can also create small circles on the toes to make them stand out a little bit. Don't forget to add large shadows on the feet too! Good job! I think this baby looks quite interesting now! :)
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