Learning how to draw turtles is definitely a fun exercise to do. Personally, I really enjoy creating these adorable creatures. Creating beautiful shells using simple shapes and patterns is also fun. Once the shell is created, adding all body parts is usually a basic task.
In this series, you will have the opportunity to work with a bunch of animals that are very different one from another. Some are created using squares and rectangles while others are mostly done using curved lines. As you are progressing through the series, complex shapes and effects will be added to the characters. Let's start working on all these adorable animals now ...
You can start this lesson on how to draw a turtle by adding large circular shapes to form the head and shell. Eyes and legs are also made from perfect circles. More curved lines are needed inside the shell. The pupils are made from large circles and small reflections are added inside the eyes. You can complete this lesson by adding plain colors.
This next turtle clipart is featuring a subject mostly made from squares and rectangles. Only the pupils and the eyes are created from circles. For the mouth, a simple line is needed. Notice the posture of the head. This one is low and both front legs are almost covered by it. For the shell, this one is created from tons of perfect circles.
Our next tutorial is also featuring a cartoon turtle made from perfect squares and rectangles. This time, the subject is displayed from a side view. Unlike previous lessons, the character is also filled with gradients. This simple effect is more than enough to create depth and volume inside the illustration. Outlines are also thicker. Great! This series on how to draw turtles is progressing nicely.
Using mostly curved lines, you can also draw another version shown from a side view. Unlike previous tutorials, this fun turtle was created with a constant pattern on the shell. Four various colors (all green) were also used inside this illustration. Thick lines were used to draw the animal and the result is still very basic and accessible to artists from all levels.
This last basic lesson on how to draw turtles is featuring an animal made from large shapes. First, I really like the eyes that were made from simple oval shapes. If you look closely to all shapes used to form the turtle, you can also notice the special pattern created for the outlines. Indeed, in some areas the lines are very thin. You can see this effect on the top of the head.
Our next lesson is featuring a turtle clip art made from simple pointed lines. This animal is also filled with a little bit more details. Indeed, you can see a patch with texture on the chest. Small nails are also visible on all four legs. Finally, the facial expression is visually more appealing. The character is gifted with eyebrows and a large smile.
So far, most characters were drawn using basic shapes like rectangles, squares and circles. For this lesson, basic shapes are still used to form a simple template. However, this illustration of a turtle is created from complex lines that are visually more realistic.
You can see these changes while looking at the shape of the head or near the bottom of the shell. Once again, just use plain colors to complete this lesson.
It's now time to learn how to draw turtles that are filled with complex and appealing digital effects. Indeed, this version is filled with gradients to create more depth and volume. Then, complex shadows and highlights are added to enhance the level of realism. If you want to learn how to draw this turtle cartoon properly, then just click here.
This last character is filled with most tips we have learned so far. First, the animal is sketched using a few basic lines. Then, plain colors are added inside the character. Once you are done with this step, all you have to do is add shadows and reflections. It's simple, but quite effective. All steps needed to create this turtle drawing can be found here.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw turtles using all the examples above. Like I said earlier, this character is a charm to illustrate. You can easily use all the tips and techniques from this series to create your own versions. Just be creative and practice as often as possible. More fun series featuring cute cartoon animals can also be found here. Enjoy! :)