Draw an old cartoon bone made from simple shapes and grey colors! Bones are often depicted as being white and clean. In reality, bones are often a little bit yellow and filled with some imperfections. In this lesson, I will show you how to draw a bone like the one above filled with brown colors and darker areas.
First, sketch the bone using two curved lines that are connected on both ends. These lines can be filled with a brown color. When you are done, duplicate these lines to create a new shape filled with a dark yellow color.
Next, use the gradient fill tool to add a second color to the object. The goal is to create a darker area using only colors. The bone is already displayed with a little depth, but that's not enough to give all the volume needed to create something interesting.
On the straight section of the bone, draw some brown patterns and apply some transparency to partially hide these shapes. You can also use some blur on the outlines.
In this step, you can add some brown colors on both ends using two additional shapes. As you can see below (but it might be clearer in step number 5), the part facing the middle of the bone from both shapes is partially hidden.
You can also draw two more shapes near the lines that are slightly visible inside the bone. Once again, using transparency should help create an effect that is realistic and more appropriated.
Cool! You can now draw a long shape on the left side of the cartoon bone to create a shadow. This one can be filled with a dark brown color and once again, using transparency to hide the right part of the shape can be a good idea.
Now that all dark areas and shadows are finished, you can add two more shapes filled in white. Transparency must be used to hide the bottom part of each shape.
That's it! If you feel like some effects are not convincing enough, don't hesitate to make some adjustments. That's the beauty of working with vector applications. Anything can be modified any time you want to. Have fun with this cool bone.
You can try more skulls and bones below using additional lessons from this site. Have fun! :)
External resources: How to draw a skeleton