In this lesson, I will show you how to draw a key using basic shapes and simple digital effects. You will learn how to create depth, shadows, reflections and textures using easy tips. Once you are familiar with all step from this tutorial, creating more keys using different shapes and colors should be easier. Ready? Let's proceed with the first step now ...
First, let's draw the silhouette of the object using a mix of circles and broken lines. The bow is made from one large circle and a smaller one. The blade and the teeth are created using small triangles made from short straight lines. Just make sure the pattern is irregular.
You can now use gradients to bring this piece to life. As you can see below, the bottom of the object is slightly darker than the top. For this tutorial, I am using a yellow / orange color inside the cartoon key.
Inside the bow, you can draw a small circle around the one already available. Our goal is to create a subtle shadows using a darker color. You can also play with the opacity of the new shape so that the result is not too distracting or visually annoying.
Since keys are 3D objects, you can duplicate the silhouette drawn earlier to create some depth. Simply lower the new shape a little bit to obtain the desired effect. Of course, this new element must be darker if we want to achieve this step properly.
Now that darker shapes were added to the illustration, let's work with brighter ones. Inside the bow, draw a large white circle. Then, play with the opacity of the new shape so that the bottom is almost invisible. Draw another shape near the bottom of the key. This time, make sure that the top cannot be seen.
Inside the bow, draw a few horizontal lines as shown below. Then, sketch a long and thin rectangle on the blade. Make sure both shapes are filled with a dark color and also partially transparent.
Great work learning how to draw a key that is simple, but still visually appealing. You can now use all tips and techniques learned throughout this lesson to create more cartoon keys. Don't hesitate to try new shapes, new colors, create more textures and sketch new angles.
Now that this lesson is over, you can try more objects from the same series here. :)