Learn how to draw a realistic cherry cartoon filled with simple, but effective digital effects! Illustrating this fun little fruit might seem simple, but adding great effects to it can be more challenging. In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a cherry like the one below using simple shapes and elements in just eleven steps.
First, use basic lines and shapes to draw the cartoon cherry. As you can see below, sketching this fruit is really simple.
Next, you can add colors. The fruit itself is filled with a dark red color. The stem can be colored in green.
Using the gradient fill tool from your vector application, add a second color to each element to create darker areas. For example, you can add a light green color on top of the stem and a darker one on the bottom. Repeat the same technique for the cherry itself using a circular fill.
On top of the cherry cartoon, draw a darker shape. Partially hide the bottom of this one to create a darker area on top of the fruit. The blue outline is only there to help you see the shape of the new added element.
Next, draw three more additional shapes filled with darker colors. Once again, use transparency to partially hide these shapes and create subtle effects.
Duplicate the cherry and reduce the size of the new shape to 95%. This new shape must be placed in front and filled in white. Use transparency to hide the left part of it.
This is the result so far once all effects are added. Don't worry! We are not done yet. :)
Create a new shape around the cherry. This new element must be thin and filled with a bright red color. Use transparency to hide the right part of the object.
On top of the cherry, add two white shapes like shown below. Use transparency to hide the bottom part of these shapes.
This is the result so far. One last step and we are done! :)
Duplicate the stem and fill the new shape in white. Use transparency to hide the left part of this shape. Draw a white oval shape on the cherry and partially hide this one too.
That's it! This is the final cartoon cherry once all elements are added. The result is realistic enough to create something that looks delicious and visually appealing. Have fun!