In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw a ticket that looks realistic using a few simple tips. Since this object is easy to illustrate, it can be a good idea to go one step further by adding basic digital effects. It's not always easy to create complex cartoon objects, but this one is a good experimental subject. Let's see how we can create a fun clip art ticket in just minutes using the following drawing lesson.
The first step is quite easy. All you need to do is sketch a large rectangle. Just make sure to use a shape with appropriate proportions. Indeed, if the ticket is too wide, then it might feel empty. If this one is too short (or too close to a square), then you might be unable to write some text. A ratio of approximately 2:1 is perfect.
Next, we need to draw a few curved lines inside the rectangle. You can draw large perfect circles on all corners to be used as guidelines. Three smaller circles are created on both sides of the shape. Use these circles to crop some space inside the rectangle. Once you are done, you can erase all circles.
The silhouette of the cartoon ticket is now completed. You can duplicate a few of these lines to create more volume. Tickets are usually not very thick, so just make sure that these new lines are not too far from the original ones. Great work! This lesson on how to draw a ticket is progressing nicely. :)
Inside the object, we can draw a few simple patterns using mostly thick lines. First, a large rectangle made with round corners is created. Then, two long vertical lines are drawn on each side of the original shape. You can also draw two horizontal lines near the middle of the ticket. Unlike the vertical lines, the horizontal ones are not touching the rectangle.
Between both horizontal lines, you can write the word "TICKET" with the font of your choice. I have selected a bold one for this example. A number can also be written on both ends of the subject. Now that this cartoon illustration is drawn, let's add some colors and effects.
A light brown color is used inside this ticket. All lines are colored in red, except for the horizontal ones (they can be black). The text and the number are also black. However, some areas are gray to create more depth. Finally, the second shape (the one used to create the volume near the bottom) must be darker than the ticket itself.
Now that the object is drawn and colored, let's add a few basic effects inside this one. We can start by creating a shadow on top of the ticket. This new addition can be drawn using the same silhouette. However, it must be slightly smaller than the original one.
You can add a dark brown color inside this shadow. Finally, don't forget to make this new addition partially transparent. Our goal is to create a subtle shape, not something too dark or distracting. You can see the new shadow below (surrounded by a temporary blue stroke).
Using the same recipe (a dark color and some transparency), you can also create a shadow on the right side of the ticket. This time, make sure that the bottom of the shape is darker than the top. In fact, the top is almost invisible once transparency is added.
One last thing we can do to increase the level of realism is adding some texture inside the image. Simply sketch a few short lines all over the object. These new lines (currently blue) must be filled with a dark brown color. Lines on top can be lighter white lines near the bottom must be darker. No lines are drawn inside the shadow located on the right of the illustration.
Now that all effects are added, you should end up with a cartoon ticket like the one found below. Don't hesitate to draw more versions using different themes, colors, sizes and effects. Tickets can be created for all kinds of events, so you are only limited by your imagination (and hopefully this one is unlimited!).
Yes, this lesson on how to draw a ticket is now completed. Above, you can see all steps required to draw this basic object grouped into a single illustration. You can also try more objects from the same series here. Don't forget to practice often and have fun drawing!