Learn how to create a fun cartoon cobra made from simple shapes and digital effects. This great animal is quite fun to illustrate. Cobras are often depicted as being mean and vicious predators. In this lesson, you will learn how to create a simple version made from curved lines and vivid colors.
In this first step, draw the animal using mostly curved lines made with pointed ends. These lines are filled with colors as shown in the illustration below.
Next, add solid shapes filled with plain colors behind the outlines. The reason that these shapes are separated from the outlines is simple: this will give us the opportunity to add new shadows on the cartoon character later in this tutorial.
In this third step, you can add a second color on all shapes using the gradient fill tool found in your vector application. This is an easy technique to add some depth to the illustration. For example, the tongue seems darker inside the mouth and brighter outside of it.
This step is a little bit more complex. It's now time to insert new shapes between the outlines and the solid shapes done previously. These new elements must be darker and slightly transparent. The goal is to create darker areas to give even more depth to this animal.
This is the result once all new shapes are added. Remember that you can play with the opacity of these new elements. If these new shapes are too dark, the result won't be as effective as they should. Subtle shadows are more effective and relevant in this case.
Finally, you can draw white shapes on the pupils, around the eye, on the stomach and on the tail of the cobra to create highlights. Once again, don't hesitate to play with the opacity of these new shapes to create something subtle and realistic.
Great! This cobra is now completed! All the tips available in this lesson can also be applied to other illustrations. Drawing using a vector application is a fun experience and practicing very often can help you improve your work and end up with something visually quite amazing.
Now that we are done with this animal, feel free to draw more cool snakes below. :)
External resources: How to draw a cobra