Learning how to draw a virus can be a similar exercise to sketching a terrifying monster. In both cases, you can unleash your creativity and create a frightening creature filled with weird body parts, scary eyes and sharp teeth. In this lesson, I will show you how to illustrate a simple virus that looks both appealing and terrifying.
This creature will be drawn with simple lines that are pointed near both ends. Only plain colors will be used to complete this lesson. Let's see how we can sketch the subject found below in just eight basic steps ...
First, you can use a large circle to represent the body of the cartoon virus. Like I said earlier, I am using lines that are pointed on both ends. You can see this near the top of the circle. Next, draw the eyes using more short curved lines. Once the silhouette of the character is completed, you can proceed with the next step.
Inside both eyes, you can draw large pupils using more simple lines. Tiny reflections are also created using small circles. Under the eyes, sketch a long pointed line to form the mouth. You can also sketch two small teeth using short triangles under the mouth. Great work! This lesson on how to draw a virus is progressing nicely.
Around the body (or the head) of the virus, you can add spikes using long straight lines. These lines are usually quite similar in size, but I thought it would be cool to play with various sizes instead. The character will look more dynamic. Once all spikes are created, you can proceed with the next step.
The spikes drawn all around the subject in the previous step are not completed yet. Indeed, we need to draw another shape near the end of all straight lines to create realistic spike proteins.
All you need to do is drawn basic oval shapes as shown in the illustration below. Shapes that are located on shorter lines can be smaller. It's a simple tip to create basic perspective quickly and effectively.
Viruses can be filled with a wide variety of colors. Most of the time, a bright red color will be used inside the spike proteins while the body will be colored in gray. For this lesson, I have selected a basic green color. Notice how the eyes and the bottom of the spikes are slightly darker. Contrast is important to make the image easier to read.
Subtle shadows can be sketched near the top and the bottom of all nine spike proteins. Simply use a darker colors for these new shapes and you are done. No outlines are used for these new additions. The blue outlines found below were only added to make this step easier to read.
We are not done yet! Around the eyes, draw long shadows to put more emphasis on the eyes. Another subtle shadow is added below the mouth. Finally, sketch one last shadow on the bottom part of the body (or the head since the virus doesn't have a real body).
Once all steps are completed, you should end up with a lovely illustration like the one found below. Of course, don't hesitate to draw more variants using different shapes, sizes and colors. Adding shadows, reflections and textures can also be a fun exercise.
All steps needed to illustrate our subject can be found below. Just study this illustration carefully if you need more time to sketch this cartoon virus properly.
Nice work learning how to draw a virus like the one found above. If you like to work with hideous creatures, then feel free to try more cool monsters from this site below. These are fun exercises to accomplish if you like to stimulate your creativity and work with imaginary creatures. Have fun! :)