In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw baby snails made from simple shapes and elements as shown below. You will have the opportunity to watch the whole lesson using a short video or simply read through all steps using the written version.
However, before proceeding with either versions, it might be a good idea to take a few minutes to study this cartoon insect carefully to help us learn how this one should be drawn.
Cool! I think we know all the things we need to know to draw cute baby snails using basic shapes and lines. You can start with the video found below to enjoy a better view of all the needs to be done. The written version is also fun to use if you prefer to take your time and study all details carefully.
First, you can draw a simple hand version using a pencil and a piece of paper. Make sure you are drawing accurate proportions and don't hesitate to exaggerate some areas like the eyes, the mouth and the lips. A fun cartoon snail must be expressive, appealing and visually adorable!
It's now time to create the polished version of this cartoon snail using a vector application. Simply draw a few lines (that are made from pointed ends) to end up with something similar to the character found below. When you are done, you can erase the original illustration created in the previous step.
Let's bring this character to life with the addition of plain colors. The shell of the animal can be brown while the body must be green. Patches found on the side of the head are darker while the teeth and the eyes are white. You can select a light brown color for the pupils. Don't forget to modify the color of all outlines too (black is nice, but colored strokes are even better!).
Baby snails are delicate animals to work with, so you must be careful when working with color gradients. Our goal is to create more volume using this fun tool as shown in the image below. You can also add transparency to the patches to make them more subtle.
Drawing shadows manually is also a good solution to create more depth and volume inside the cartoon snail. You can add these additional shapes inside the shell, on the body, below the mouth, on the teeth, below the eyes and on top of the head. Make sure that these new shapes are partially transparent for a more realistic result (see the video near the top of this page to see how I do it).
This is how the character should look like so far. See how the shell looks more alive, more realistic now. The snail also looks more expressive and all these small additions are contributing to make this fun illustration even more enjoyable.
Dark areas are nice, but brighter ones are also necessary! In this case, we need to draw more shapes (simply colored in white) and play with the opacity of these new elements to create a subtle result. These new shapes are added on the shell, the body, around the mouth and near the forehead.
Yes! You now have the perfect recipe to create cute baby snails that everyone will love. See how the highlights added in the previous step are adding more depth, more life to the cartoon character? There are no complex texture in this illustration and yet, the animal feels genuine ... almost made from a 3D application! :)
I hope you enjoyed this lesson on how to draw a cute cartoon snail. You can see all steps needed to draw this intriguing animal below. Feel free to draw more baby snails like this one using your own style and design. Play with shapes, try new postures or expressions and experiment! As long as you are drawing and having fun, you will improve your drawing abilities quickly and easily!
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