Learn how to draw a simple cartoon radio made from elegant curved lines and simple (but effective) digital effects! In this cartoon illustration, I will show you how to use a digital application to create a fun image of a radio in just six easy steps.
Don't be intimidated by this fun image. Creating a similar one is feasible if you have some basic knowledge about vector drawing. Let's start this lesson and see why you can do it now! :)
First, you can sketch the radio using simple curved lines and basic shapes. This object is quite simple and not filled with numerous details making it easy to duplicate. Of course, you can change the design to something different if you want to.
Great! Now that the radio is drawn, why not add some colors on most shapes using plain colors for now. The colors you are selecting now may be changed in the next step, so no stress for now!
All modern vector applications have a tool called the gradient fill tool. With it, you can add a second color to a shape and create volume. For example, you can see that the circular shape inside the left or right speaker is darker on the bottom and brighter on top. Repeat the same technique for all shapes of the radio.
Nice! It's now time to create more shapes on the radio to create shadows. These shapes (seen with a temporary pink outline) must be darker. You can also use transparency on these elements to end up with subtle effects.
Nice work! This is the current illustration once all effects are applied. You can compare this image below with the one from step number three to see the differences.
In this last step, you can now sketch more shapes filled with a white color. Our goal is to create highlights all over the object. Areas that are more exposed to lighting can be brighter and filled with reflection.
Once again, feel free to compare the illustration below with the one from step number five to see all differences.
Nice work! This cartoon radio is now done! As you can see, no need to create complex shapes or add numerous details to end up with something visually interesting. Simplicity is also quite enjoyable! :)