In this lesson, I will show you how to draw a cartoon groundhog in just a few steps. You will learn to create simple effects like shadows and highlights using simple shapes, lines and colors. If you can use a vector application, then this lesson should be easier. Ready? Let's proceed with the first step now ...
First, let's work on the silhouette of the groundhog using two basic shapes and a few curved lines. You can start by sketching a circle to form the head and a rectangle to illustrate the body. Then, draw the head, the arms, the body and the legs using curved lines.
Next, draw both eyes using oval shapes on both sides of the head. In the middle, create the nose using an irregular line. Below the nose, draw a large patch as shown in the illustration below.
Inside the patch, draw a straight line made from pointed ends. Below the patch, draw two teeth made from broken lines. Small claws are created near the end of the legs and the arms. Great work! This lesson on how to draw a groundhog is now completed. It's now time to add colors and digital effects inside the character.
This fun cartoon groundhog is mostly filled with brown colors. First, use a subtle color for the body. A darker version of the same color is used for the nose and the claws. The patch located below the nose can be brighter. Both eyes and teeth must be white.
Why are gradients so useful? Simply because you can add two different colors inside a single shape and create simple shadows quickly and effectively. For instance, note how the patch found below is darker near the bottom. You can use this technique on all shapes found inside this character.
Gradients are nice, but adding shadows manually is even better. To do so, simply draw new shapes on areas that are less exposed to the light source. These new shapes must also be partially transparent to achieve this effect properly.
You can draw new shadows around the eyes, below the nose, around the mouth and on the teeth. More new shapes are also created below the arms as well as near the bottom of the character.
Now that dark shadows were added to create more volume, let's sketch bright shapes to form highlights and reflections on the cartoon groundhog. These new elements must be colored in white and also be partially transparent. You can add them on top of the head, on the nose and the arms.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw a groundhog using all tips and techniques available in this tutorial. Don't hesitate to try more postures, more colors and more textures while creating your own versions of this fun animal. Just be creative! :)
Above you can see all steps required to draw this fun groundhog properly. Now that we are done with this cute character, why not try more animals and tutorials from the same series here? :)