Enjoy a huge tutorial about a nice elephant cartoon made with a simple vector software! This large animal that lives in the jungle is very easy to recognize! With its large ears, strong body and long trunk, it's hard to miss this fun animal! Of course, better be in Africa if you want to come face-to-face with such a creature!
Fortunately, drawing an elephant is not too difficult if you pay attention to all the details about this cartoon animal. Mostly made from rectangles and squares, you also need to own a vector software to complete this drawing lesson properly.
Important note: For each step available below, the first image represents the operation you must perform for this particular step. All changes are surrounded by a red outline.
On the second image, you will have the opportunity to see the result of this particular step.
First, sketch the various shapes of your elephant using only black lines. You don't need to create a duplicate of the image above, but it could be a good idea to use a similar position. Once you are finished, fill the shapes with grey colors.
In the next step, use your gradient tool to apply some nice effects on your shapes. Make sure that the bottom of each shape is darker. Be careful while using the gradient tool with grey tones!
It's quite easy to come up with something hard to read or filled with dark areas. Working on a character filled with grey tones can be hazardous sometimes!
Move one to the next step by adding some gradient effects to the ears and the feet. You can also create small circles on the eyes and the pupils to illustrate reflection. These new circles can be colored in white. Transparency can be added on the bottom of each shape for a better effect!
In this step, create a few shadows that will be added below the trunk and the left ear. Add a little bit of transparency on the bottom of each shape.
Great! Your elephant cartoon needs more shadows! Create two dark circles that will be placed below the eyes. Add transparency on top of each shape. Duplicate the bottom part of the trunk and scale it so that it will be smaller than the original shape. Once again, add transparency on top of your shape.
You are almost done! Duplicate the shape of the head and the body and color these new shapes with a light grey color. Reduce the size of your shapes (just a little bit) and use the transparency tool to hide the bottom. That's it! Your elephant cartoon is now finished and it's time to experiment on your own! :)