In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a hook made from simple lines, shapes and colors. First, I will show you how to sketch this object using basic shapes. Then, you will have the opportunity to add simple effects like shadows and highlights. No doubt that this object is rather easy to illustrate. However, just remember that simple subjects are often harder to get right. So let's start this tutorial and let's create the best cartoon hook possible.
First, let's draw a few basic shapes to help us locate the object inside our work space. It's also a good idea to create these basic shapes to work on proportions. In this case, the hook itself is represented by two circles and one short rectangle. Notice the position of the smaller circle (inside the larger one). The base of the hook is created using an oval shape cut in half. The based is centered with the rectangle, but both circles on top must be drawn slightly on the right.
It's now time to illustrate our object using long curved lines. All shapes created in the previous step are now colored in gray. As you can see below, all lines are created using pointed ends. Make sure that the hook is thick enough and don't forget to draw an additional line between the hook and the base. Nice work! You can now erase all shapes created in the previous step.
Inside the object, you can add simple gradients. The hook is colored in yellow while the base in blue. The gradient used inside the based is a circular one. For the hook the gradient is linear. As you can see below, most elements from the objects are now darker near the bottom and brighter on top. Cool! This lesson on how to draw a hook is progressing nicely.
Gradients are nice because they can create some depth quickly and easily. Adding a few simple shadows is also a great idea. These new shapes are filled with a darker color. They must also be partially transparent to create a more subtle result. Dark shadows are nice, but they are not appropriated for this particular setting.
You can add new shadows inside the hook and near the bottom of this one. Two more shadows are added inside the base. The first one is created on top, near the junction with the hook. The second one is sketched on the left of the object, near the bottom. You can see all new additions below (with a temporary pink outline).
Using the same technique, we can now create a few highlights inside the subject. This time, all new shapes must be colored in white. Once again, using transparency is a must. Since both parts are highly reflective, it's important to create realistic highlights using simple shapes.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw a hook like the one found below. Drawing the object itself should be relatively easy, but adding some of these effects can be more complicated. It's now time to experiment! Indeed, you can try more versions of this objects using various colors, effects and textures. You can also decorate the base, attach this one to a character or just try a simple version. It's all up to you!
Above you can see all steps grouped into a single illustration. Now that we are done with this fun cartoon hook, feel free to try more lessons from the same series here. More cool objects are waiting to be drawn! :)