In this lesson, you will learn how to draw Rudolph using simple basic shapes and cool digital effects. You will have the opportunity to work on a posture that is easy to duplicate. In fact, the most challenging part of this tutorial is probably creating realistic legs and antlers. Let's proceed with the first step now ...
First, you can draw a basic template using circles and rectangles as shown below. Our goal is to place the character in your work space and make sure all proportions are relevant. Since this is a cartoon version of Rudolph, you can make the head much bigger than the body.
Using mostly curved lines created with pointed ends, you can draw the head of this cartoon Rudolph and leave an empty space on top for the ear. Notice how the front and back legs are created. These are the most difficult parts of the character to get right. Once you are done, you can erase the gray shapes added earlier.
On top of the head, draw simple antlers using mostly short straight lines. You can also sketch two simple ears using long curved lines. A nice little tail made from a triangle is added to complete this step.
Eyes are made from small dots. For the nose, you can use a long oval shape. Another oval shape is created around the mouth. A simple patch is added inside the left ear (on your right). You can also draw small lines on the bottom of the legs to illustrate hooves.
Needless to say that a cartoon Rudolph done without color won't be very appealing. In this step, you can add brown colors inside the body, head, legs, tail and ears. The antlers and the patches are filled with a brighter version of the same color. Of course, the nose must be red. You can use gradients to create some depth in the image. This effect is very easy to see inside both legs located on the far side of the illustration.
One simple technique you can use to increase the volume of the cartoon animal is to create subtle shadows. These new shapes are all colored in black. Simply add some transparency to end up with the desired effect.
You can draw shadows on the antlers, below the antlers, on the ears and around the eyes. More shadows can be added near the mouth, on the body, the tail and the legs. You can see all new shapes below (with a temporary blue outline).
For this step, we need to apply the same recipe. However, shapes must be colored in white. Just like we did for the shadows, adding transparency is mandatory. You can draw reflections on the pupils, the nose, the head and the ear. Two more shapes are created on the legs.
Below, you can see the final version of the illustration once you are done with this lesson on how to draw Rudolph. Don't hesitate to create more version using different postures, new patterns, textures or larger body parts (like the eyes, the head or the legs). Working using your own style is very important.
Now that you know how to draw this fun version of a cartoon Rudolph, feel free to try more lessons from the Christmas collection here. You will have the opportunity to work with tons of characters and objects related to this wonderful holiday. :)