In this lesson, I will show you how to draw a cartoon magician that looks appealing and happy in just a few basic steps. Then, you will have the opportunity to play with a few alternatives and see how it goes when a few things like colors are modified. No doubt that magicians are intriguing characters. We all know that these entertainers are using a few tricks when performing, but we are still amazed by their abilities. For this tutorial, no tricks are needed. Just some perseverance and a little bit of practice!
Today, magicians can look like whatever they want. It wasn't always the case. Old-style magicians were often dressed with dark outfits and a large hat. This is exactly the version we will be working with. Let's see what this fun cartoon character is made of.
First, the character needs to be wearing a large hat made with a red stripe (1). A magic stick colored in black and white is also needed (2). The character is wearing simple white gloves (3). A black outfit with a small cape is also required (4 & 5). Shoes can be filled with a dark brown color (6).
A bright shirt is visible under the outfit (7). Don't forget to create a small collar near the neck of the cartoon magician (8). A moustache and a small beard are also relevant (9 & 10). Some hair can be displayed below the hat (11).
Great! Now that we know how this magician clip art is dressed, let's draw this one. First, you can create a few basic shapes to create a simple template. You can start by adding an oval shape to form the head and a rectangle to represent the hat. The body and legs are made from large rectangles. Then, you can complete this lesson by drawing the arms and legs using more short rectangles.
Now that these basic shapes are created, let's use pointed lines to draw the character. The head is made from a long curved line that is slightly pointed near the jaw. Don't forget to draw a small neck and a thin rectangle below the hat. Once you are done with this step, you can erase all orange shapes created in the previous step.
Inside the head you can draw the eyes, pupils, nose and mouth. Two small ears made from short lines are also sketched on both sides of the head. Don't forget to draw a small stripe inside the hat. Complete this step by drawing the remaining fingers (on the left hand) as well as the magic stick.
More details are needed inside the head and around this one. First, you can draw some hair below the hat. Eyebrows are created using simple lines. A moustache and a beard are also sketched below the nose and mouth. Great job! This lesson on how to draw a magician is progressing nicely.
A few more details are needed before we can proceed with the second part of this lesson. First, draw the collar near the neck using more short lines. You can also draw a short cape behind the cartoon magician using straight lines. A few simple lines are also created above and below both shoes.
Now that the character is completely drawn, you can add some plain colors as shown in the illustration below. For this version of the character, gray colors are mostly used inside the outfit and the hat. The shirt, the tongue and the stripe located inside the hat are red. Great work! This character definitely looks amazing!
Colors can help us create a fun character in just a few seconds. That's why it can be a good idea to try a few different versions and see how the magician can be improved (or not). The first alternate version of the character is using the same colors. However, these colors are now faded and de-saturated. This could be an interesting option if you want to depict old pictures from the 20s.
The second version is also filled with de-saturated colors ... except for the red. The contrast between saturated colors and the faded ones is interesting. It's now quite convincing, but it was worth giving it a try.
The third version is similar to the original one. The main difference is the outfit and the hat. Instead of being gray, both pieces of clothing are now black. This cartoon magician is evolving in an interesting way.
Magician number four is brighter than ever. Notice how the skin and the hair are even brighter than the ones found in the original character. All colors are extremely saturated and vivid. It can be a good thing, but it can also be slightly annoying at times.
For this version of our subject, bright colors are still used. However, the main difference (compared to the version found above) is the color of the suit. This one is now black. This alternative is definitely more interesting than the previous one.
Using different colors is also a nice option. For this example below, complementary colors were used to create the suit and the hat. It's not compatible with the old usual look from the 20s, but this color scheme is still quite appealing.
I hope you had fun learning to draw this adorable cartoon magician. Below, you can see all steps required to complete this tutorial grouped into a single illustration. Don't hesitate to play with the character by sketching new postures, more details, create textures or add basic shadows. As long as you are practicing on a daily basis, that's what matters.
You can find more cool lessons from the same series here. Enjoy! :)