In this lesson, I will show you how to draw a stork using a vector application. You will have the opportunity to create cool effects like shadows and reflections on the character. Storks are easily recognizable with their long stout bills, tiny legs and darker wings. Of course, some species are filled with different colors and patterns, but the most popular one is definitely pictured like the animal found below.
First, let's draw a few basic shapes to create a template that we can work with. You can start by sketching the head using a small circle. The beak is made from a long and thin triangle. The body and the feet are made from oval shapes while the wings and legs are done using rectangles. In this step, it's important to make sure that the postures and the proportions are accurate.
Now that we have a template to help us, it's time to sketch the silhouette of the cartoon stork. For this step, you can use mostly long curved lines. Don't forget to draw a few hairs on top of the head and on the chest. Once you are done, you can erase the gray shapes created in the previous step.
Inside the head, you can draw a large eye and a pupil using perfect circles. You can also add a long line on the beak to separate this one in two different parts. A line is also added near the eye. On the wings, sketch simple feathers using short curved lines.
Good job! A black and white cartoon stork is nice, but adding a few colors is even better. To do so, let's play with gradients. The head and the body are mostly filled with a light gray color. The pupil can be black. The tip of the wing is darker while the beak and the feet are colored in orange.
Even if we are only working on a cartoon version of this adorable animal, adding some digital effects to end up with a more realistic drawing can be fun. For this step, let's draw a few shadows on the stork.
You can draw darker shapes around the eye and below the beak. More shadows are created below the wing and on top of the legs. All shapes are currently too dark ... let's see in the next step how we can solve this issue.
Our goal is to create realistic shadows, so working with transparency is a must. Each shape created in the previous step should be partially transparent. In fact, most shadows are partially visible on one end and almost invisible on the other.
Shadows are great, but to create more depth and volume, drawing highlights can be a good idea too. In this case, all new shapes must be colored in white. You can draw reflections on the pupil, on the forehead, the beak, the wing and the chest.
Just like we did for shadows, applying transparency on all reflections is required. Our goal is to create very subtle highlights to create more contrast and depth inside this cartoon stork.
This is the final illustration once all steps are completed. Like I said earlier, you can also try to draw more version (or species) of this adorable animal using different colors, textures and patterns. Just be creative and don't hesitate to try new stuff even if it's not always plausible.
Above, you can see all nine steps needed to learn how to draw a stork in just a few minutes. Now that this fun animal is completed, you can try more animals and characters from the same series here. :)