Learning how to draw vegetables can be a ... delicious experience. Sketching and drawing perfect textures to make these subjects visually appealing can be challenging at times. In this part of the site, I will show you to create simple vegetables filled with advanced digital effects that are not that difficult to implement. Just like anything else related to the wonderful world of drawing, some practicing is required.
Vegetables are tricky to draw because they are all organic food. Sketching the silhouette of a cucumber is quite easy. This one is irregular and you don't need to create prefect lines to achieve your goal. However, drawing cool reflections and shadows is certainly more complicated. So let's see how we can draw basic vegetables filled with fun effects using all examples found below.
Our first lesson is featuring a crunchy cartoon broccoli made from short curved lines. You can begin by sketching the stalk using multiple irregular lines. Two small leaves are added on both sides of the subject. Remember that the stalk is eventually separated near the middle so you need to consider this while drawing the bottom of the vegetable. Next, you can draw the flowery head using tons of tiny curved lines.
Then, you can add colors inside the illustration using gradients. Of course, only one color is needed ... green! When you are done playing with colors, you can draw new shadows in areas that are partially hidden. These new additions are mostly sketched on the stalk. Complete this tutorial on how to draw vegetables by adding simple textures using green lines.
This next tutorial on how to draw a cartoon corn is much easier to achieved. You can start by creating the body of the subject using a perfect oval shape. Then, create leaves using long curved lines. Most leaves are pointed near the end. Next, work on the silhouette of the corn by adding small curved lines all around this one. Irregular shapes are perfect.
Inside the corn, you can add textures using more short curved lines. Then, you can add basic shadows on the vegetable using more simple lines. Once this image is completed, you can add colors. Shadows are simply filled with darker colors to create a basic effect that should work just nicely.
This next tutorial is offering a nice challenge because the subject can be seen from a certain angle. This basic perspective is still relatively easy to create, but you need to be careful to draw everything right. Start with the silhouette using long curved lines. Small bumps can be seen all around the cartoon cucumber.
Inside the image, add more details using small curved lines. Once you are finished, add colors using gradients. Simple patterns filled with a brighter color can be added on both sides of the subject. Complete this lesson by drawing a nice reflection on top of the cucumber. Nice work! These lessons on how to draw vegetables are progressing nicely!
Now that we know how to draw a simple cucumber, why not work on this adorable pickle displayed from a side view. This subject is made from two large shapes. You can draw the silhouette using small bumps. Subtle textures are added inside the vegetable.
When you are done drawing the pickle, add a bright green color. Several smooth shadows are added inside the illustration (mostly near the bottom). You can also add a few shapes filled with a subtle yellow color. Nice work! This thing looks delicious!
This next lesson is slightly more complex (but more rewarding too). You can start by sketching the body and the leaves of the cartoon radish using irregular lines. Next, add details inside the leaver. You can also draw two small lines inside the vegetable. In the third step, simply add gradients. Now the real fun begins!
In the fourth step, it's time to sketch realistic shadows. Simple textures are also created near the bottom of the vegetable. Complete this tutorial by adding reflections and highlights in strategic areas. As you can see in the final step, this cartoon radish really looks appealing.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw vegetables using all basic and complex examples from this series. Sure, some digital effects might be slightly difficult to obtain, but practicing on a daily basis will help you achieve your goal. You can find more cartoon food to draw here.