Learn how to draw a devil drawing featuring a malicious cartoon character! Unlike a demon, a devil is usually depicted with a human-like anatomy. Of course, you must add basic features like horns on the head, a long pointed tail and a red skin to properly illustrate your character.
In this case, I also added a large (but thin) moustache as well as a little bit of hair on the chin. If you want to, you can draw pointed ears and dark clothing.
First, you need to sketch the character using simple shapes. You can use thin outlines since we don't want to end up with a cartoonish illustration.
All outlines can be colored in black. You will have the opportunity to change the color of the outline later in this drawing lesson. Start by drawing the head, the body, the arms, the legs and the feet. Remember that you don't need to create complex shapes. A simple cartoon character is fine.
Next, you can proceed with more subtle details. You can draw the eyes, the pupils, the nose and the mouth. Don't forget to add two small horns on each sides of the head. Since the character is quite evil, avoid adding large friendly eyes. Something more aggressive is recommended. Pointed ears are also a good idea. :)
Finally, use two basic circles to illustrate the hands and use a long curved lines to represent the tail. Now that the character is drawn, let's add some colors.
Since you are working with a vector application to create this devil drawing (you are, right?), add a new layer that will be used for plain colors.
Then, you can either duplicate each outline and use it to create another plain shapes or simply draw new shapes filled with the appropriated colors. The skin of the character can be colored in red, the horns in white, the moustache in black, the body in grey and the legs and feet in black. The tail must also be colored in red.
Great! Our colorful devil drawing looks good, but we need to add a little bit more depth to the illustration if we want to end up with something more professional.
Select the gradient tool and add a second color on each shape on your illustration. It's the easiest way to create a simple shadow on the cartoon character. Repeat the same step on all shapes and make sure that the darkest color is always located on the bottom of each shape. Of course, no second colors are needed on black shapes.
Good! Now that we have created a simple effect to give more volume to the drawing, why not add more shadows using additional shapes that are not created yet.
Since the light source is (virtually) located on the right of the illustration, you can draw dark shapes on the left of the head, the body and the hands of the character.
You can also draw new shapes below the moustache, around the eyes, on the horns, the ears, the tail and on the neck. These shapes are nice, but too dark to create the desired effect.
If you are using a vector software to draw the devil drawing, you must have access to a simple tool that gives you the opportunity to play with the opacity of the shapes.
Therefore, you are able to partially hide shapes created in the previous step to make sure that shadows are not too strong. Otherwise, the illustration will be hard to read. As you can see on the illustration on your left, shadows are now easier to read, more subtle and effective. How could we enhance the cartoon character even more?
Now that we have added darker shapes to create shadows, we can also add bright shapes to illustrate the effect of lighting on the cartoon character. Indeed, lighting can also create bright areas on the devil drawing.
These areas are important because a good balance between shadows and reflections can lead to a greater impression of volume. Simply duplicate all solid shapes from the character and change the color to white.
Once again, you will need to use transparency to partially hide all white shapes created in the previous step. This time, your goal is to make sure that the visible area of each shape is located on the right. Unlike shadows, the part of the shape that must be visible is the one directly exposed to the light source.
Good! Look at the illustration on your left and see the difference! More volume, more depth and the character almost seems 3D! We can perform one last change to enhance the illustration even more...
Remember when I said earlier that we would change the color of the outlines? Well, it's now time to proceed with this modification!
Select each shape and change the color of the outline using a darker version of the tone of color already available inside the shape. Repeat this step on all elements of the devil drawing.
Good job! Your cartoon character is now finished. I hope you had fun with this tutorial and don't hesitate to draw more versions below. :)