Learn how to draw a bowling clip art illustration featuring three pins and all you need to have lots of fun! This is a very interesting tutorial to try if you don't want to draw complex shapes, but would like to create digital effects using mostly simple tips and techniques. Drawing a bowling ball and pins is relatively easy. That's why this lesson is focusing on executing other effects properly.
First, we need to draw the illustration using mostly circular shapes and curved lines. The bowling ball is rather easy to complete. Just draw a large circle with three smaller ones inside and you are done. All thee pins are made from curved lines. Don't forget to sketch two small stripes near the neck of all three objects.
Next, it's time to add colors inside all objects. For now, all pins are filled with a bright grey color. Stripes are colored in red. The bowling ball can be colored in grey and all three holes must be slightly brighter. You can also add shadows below all objects to create more depth inside this illustration.
Now we begin adding layers of digital effects to create more depth and volume inside our illustration. The first step is to add color gradients inside all shapes as shown below. This basic effect simply adds a second color inside a shape to create a gradation. For instance, the bowling ball is filled with a dark color on the bottom and a brighter one on top.
You can repeat the same process for the holes. As for the pins, you can use a light grey color on top and a darker version on the bottom. Use the same technique for the stripes and the shadows found below all four cartoon objects.
Our bowling clip art needs additional effects to look even more appealing. Around each hole, sketch a bright circle that must be invisible on top, but visible on the bottom. That's it for this step! :)
Continue working around the holes by adding another circle (this time darker) that must be invisible on the bottom, but visible on top (shown in pink below). Then, draw a strong and black shadow inside each hole (shown in green). Shadows can also be added on the right side of the bowling ball and the pins. Don't forget to play with the opacity of all new shapes to end up with a very subtle result.
So far we have drawn several dark shadows to create depth inside our cartoon illustration. This time, let's sketch bright shapes to create reflections and highlights. All these new shapes must be colored in white. Also, make sure the bottom is almost invisible, but the top remains visible.
Below you can see the result once all shapes are drawn and all digital effects are added. This is a very interesting tutorial to try if you are not quite familiar with vector drawing and don't want to start with a complex illustration. Feel free to add textures or sketch more details if you want to. :)
No doubt that drawing beautiful images using a vector application is easier than ever. Everyone can draw beautiful digital effects quickly and easily by following these simple tips. Be patient, experiment and have fun drawing more objects that are made from simple shapes today!