Learn how to draw a simple cartoon camera made from rectangles and dark colors. In this tutorial, you will learn how to assemble the perfect illustration of a camera using simple tips and tools found in most vector application. Ready? Let's draw now! :)
First, draw the object using mostly rectangles and circular shapes. The body of the camera is made from a large rectangle with round corners. Two stripes are visible on the bottom and on top. For the lenses, six different circular shapes are needed. Finally, you can sketch three buttons on top of the camera using small rectangles.
Great! You can continue working on the object by adding some plain colors. All three buttons can be filled with a black color. The body of the camera can be colored with a dark grey color and the two stripes can be slightly brighter. For the lenses, simply look below to see how colors were added.
Time to use the gradient tool to add some cool effects. On most shapes of the illustration, add a second color (usually a darker version of the first color already visible on the camera). This second color will add some depth and volume to the object.
Inside the lens, draw a small orange circle and two additional shapes (like the ones shown below). Then, blur the outlines and play with the opacity of these shapes to end up with something subtle. You can see the result in the next step.
For this fifth step, add two more shapes to create some shadows on the camera. Once again, make sure that these effects are subtle and dark enough to be seen.
Finally, you can complete this lesson by adding several white shapes as shown in the illustration below. Each of these shapes must be white and partially hidden on the bottom. The goal is to simulate highlights and give even more depth to the cartoon camera. You can compare step number five with the final illustration (seen below or on top of the page) to see why these new shapes are important.
Nice job! This cartoon illustration featuring a camera was easy to draw and the result is quite interesting. I hope you had fun working with this tutorial.
Don't hesitate to create your own model and draw your own special effects. Have fun! :)
External resources: How to draw a camera