Learn how to draw a simple cartoon cactus using only an oval shape and several digital effects. This wonderful plant is quite enjoyable to illustrate. Drawn with spines and filled with a dry green color, no doubt that you will have a good time working on this particular cactus.
First, draw the flowerpot using a large rectangle. This shape must be narrower on the bottom. On top, add a large stripe also made from a rectangle. The plant itself is made from a large curved line.
Inside the cactus, you can draw a few stripes like shown below. These stripes are currently filled with a grey color to help you see them easily. This color must not be added.
Next, you can sketch the spines using a few stars with pointed ends as shown on the following illustration.
You can now add some colors on the image. Spines are filled with a bright yellow color. The plant itself is colored in green while the flowerpot is brown.
In this step, you can add a darker stripe near every stripes that were added inside the cactus. Our goal is to create shadows inside the plant and add more depth and volume to the final illustration.
This step is huge! First, add a second color on each shape using the gradient fill tool. For example, the flowerpot is darker on the bottom and lighter on top because two different tones of brown were added. Repeat this step for the cactus and the spines.
The stripes in the middle of the plant are also different. Transparency and the gradient fill tool were used to blend these shapes a little bit with the cactus.
In this step, you can duplicate the spines to create a shadow below the ones drawn inside the plant. You can see the new shapes with the pink outlines. You can also sketch three new shapes to create darker areas on the illustration. One on the bottom of the cactus and two more on the flowerpot.
In this step, you can see the result once all effects are applied.
Finally, you can add three more large shapes to create lighter areas on the cartoon cactus. These shapes (shown with a pink outline) are white and partially transparent on the bottom.
That's it! This is the final cactus! You can also learn how to draw a cactus made from complex effects if you feel like this one was a little bit too easy for you!
Also available are more flowers and plants for you to work with. Have fun with these cool resources and remember to draw on a daily basis if you want to improve your skills. :)
External resources: How to draw a cactus