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how to draw a jellyfish clipart using amazing effects

Learn how to draw a beautiful jellyfish clipart filled with interesting digital effects so that this amazing cartoon character can look like the real thing (which is slightly transparent and / or translucent). 

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

However, before proceeding with this lesson, it can be a good idea to take a moment to study the character carefully so that we can prepare ourselves to create a better illustration.

  1. The head is made of two different shapes, one being inside the head and the other one is located outside.
  2. A large shape (created to illustrate reflection) is visible on the forehead of the animal.
  3. Eyes and pupils are made from small and large circles.
  4. Tentacles are represented by small and thin lines.
  5. The body is slightly thinner and a few lines are visible.
  6. Don't forget to draw a big smile using a pointed curved line.

Cool! This blue jellyfish might look like a real challenge to illustrate, but don't worry! You will see that this sea animal can be sketch in just a few basic steps and all digital effects are rather simple to complete. :)

step 1 - two basic shapes to help us draw the creature

Let's draw a large oval shape and a small rectangle to form the head and body of the jellyfish clipart. Using these two elements as a guideline, we can now proceed to the second step and start drawing the animal using curved lines.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 2 - drawing the head and the body

The head of the jellyfish is made from a long curved line that consists of a few additional curves that are added on the bottom of the shape. 

The body (located below the head) is drawn using another long curved line. Once you are done working on these two elements, you can erase both orange shapes created earlier.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 3 - tentacles created from curved lines

These weird creatures are gifted with several long tentacles that are attached below the body. To create these parts, simply draw a few (long) curved lines as shown below. Make sure that the tip of each line is sharp and pointed.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 4 - Creating a nice facial expression

It's now time to work inside the head of the animal. First, you can draw the eyes and the pupils using small and large circles. The mouth is done with a long curved line. More lines are drawn on the body of the jellyfish to create a little bit of texture.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

Step 5 - Adding plain colors

You can select a wide variety of colors if you want to. In this case, I have created an adorable blue jellyfish. Pink or purple are also cool colors that can be used to represent this animal. Now that the character is fully drawn, let's add some effects to make this jellyfish clipart visually more exciting.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 6 - Adding gradient colors

In this step, you can add gradient colors inside the body and on the tentacles of the cartoon character. No need to apply these effects on the head for now. If you compare the image below with the previous one, you can also see that all lines are now colored (instead of being black).

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 7 - Time to create some transparency!

Jellies are quite intriguing: these animals do have a transparent head. For this step, you can duplicate the head and place this one behind the original shape. Since the new shape is now hidden, simply make the large head transparent to complete the effect. This technique is clearly visible on top of the body.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 8 - more reflections for more realism

Duplicate the larger head once again and reduce the size of the new shape. This new element must be larger than the small head, but smaller than the larger one. Color this new shape in white and add transparency so that only the bottom part can be seen. You can also draw a large oval shape on the forehead and apply transparency on this other new shape.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

step 9 - here is the final version of our jellyfish clipart!

Now that all effects are applied, you can see how the character should look like. These simple tips are enough to help you draw a cool cartoon version of a jellyfish without the need to create something too complex of visually detailed. 

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

Nice work! Have fun with this character!

Feel free to draw more beautiful cartoon jellyfishes using your own style and different colors. Of course, these tips and techniques can also be used to create all sorts of adorable animals.

How to draw a jellyfish clipart

You can find more tutorials here and have fun sharing this lesson! :)

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