Fish Drawing
(Sketching + Vector)

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This cute little blue fish drawing is simply too fun to draw! With its large dark eyes, tiny fins and funny face, this colorful cartoon character is the perfect subject of this drawing tutorial.

Your goal should be to create an illustration of a fish featuring a nice character with simple shadows, great reflection and colorful patterns. Using a vector software to do so will be more effective.

Step 1

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First, use your pencil to sketch a cute fish like the one above. You can use different shapes or even different patterns. No need to create something 100% similar to the illustration above.

Step 2

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Next, import your drawing into a vector application and add a few outlines. These lines can be black for now. Using lines with different width can create a more interesting result.

Step 3

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When you are finished, create plain shapes that should be placed behind the outlines. I like to create two different shapes for colors and outlines. It gives me the opportunity to add more shadows between each layer.

Step 4

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Grab your gradient tool (all vector software have one) and illustrate simple shadows by adding a darker color on the bottom and a lighter one on top. I usually create these simple shadows on the plain shapes created previously.

Step 5

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Our fish drawing is good, but it can be better. Create new shapes (make them darker) to represent stronger shadows. Make sure that these new shapes are placed in relevant areas.

Step 6

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Select your transparency tool to hide some portions of the shapes created in the previous step. 

Step 7

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Repeat the same process, but this time using white shapes. Just create your new elements in areas that are closer to the light source. Our goal is to represent reflection and add more depth to the cartoon character.

Step 8

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Once again, select the transparency tool to hide the bottom part of these new shapes. Right now your fish drawing is almost done.

Step 9

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A subtle, but effective modification would be to change the color of the outlines. Using a dark tone of blue for the outlines (except the ones around the eyes) can create a more interesting illustration. Good job! Don't hesitate to create more cartoon characters like this one using different patterns and colors! :)

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