Drawing cartoon ducks: some fun facts before starting sketching!
Let's see how we can translate this real yellow duck into several funny ducks! The two most obvious physical particularities of the duck are his long flat beak (1) and his little puffy tail (4).
The duck does have very small wings (3) and a cute curly neck (2). His feet (5) are also very original and easy to recognize on a drawing. Notice the nice long curve that compose the chest (6).
Decomposing our little duck into shapes shows us a great variety of forms. Circles for the head and the body. Triangles for the wings and the tail. Rectangles for the feet, the neck and the beak.
At this point, we don't necessarily see a duck in those shapes. By working with these elements that makes this animal so unique, we will achieve our goal of drawing cartoon ducks efficiently.
It's time to practice a little bit. Let's draw a simple duck using mostly rectangles and triangles. Draw two rectangles, one for the body and one for the head as shown in the first step below.
Next, we can go for the eyes, the beak and the neck. The feet can be a little more difficult. Think of them as two triangles reaching for the legs. In this example, I've added a little feather on top of the head to give him more personality.
Cool! Imagine now that you learn to draw ducks how you could change some aspect of it to make it more... original. Want to draw a long beak (3)? Or how about a duck with big eyes (2)?
Whatever you choose to do, don't forget to put emphasis on the tail, the beak and the feet. Your ducks can only look like ducks if you really play with those parts with ease! Good duck!... I mean... luck!
External resources: How to draw a duck