Enjoy a nice drawing lesson based on the king of the jungle and create a nice lion cartoon filled with great colors and shadows! Indeed, this nice-looking animal is now available in the form of a fun tutorial that can be achieved by anyone who owns a vector software. It's simple and fun!
Don't be intimidated by the result. The goal is not to create a perfect lion, but rather to learn how to draw nice shadows and reflections on your cartoon animal. Just follow all steps carefully and you will see that anything can be done if you practice a lot! :)
Important note: For each step available below, the first image represents the operation you must perform for this particular step. All changes are surrounded by a red outline.
On the second image, you will have the opportunity to see the result of this particular step.
The first thing you need to do is create the character itself. Use black outlines for now. Once you are finished, apply a few basic colors to get started. It doesn't matters if the result looks unpolished for now.
Start using the gradient tool to enhance a few parts of the lion cartoon. Select the mane, the head, the inside part of the ears, the teeth, the jaw and the body. Make sure for every part that the bottom of your shape is darker.
Select the back legs, the front legs, the ears and the eyes. You can still use the gradient tool to enhance all these parts. Study all shapes carefully to make sure that your gradient effects are oriented in the same direction(s) as the shapes above.
Work on the eyes by adding small reflections on the pupils and the eyes. Just use small white circles to achieve this effect. You can also create circles that will be placed below each eye. These circles must be larger and darker.
Add a few shadows below the nose, the mouth and the front legs. These new shapes must be darker, but also a little bit transparent.
Your lion cartoon is almost done! Add a large shadow below the mane. Once you are finished, create two more shapes on each back leg to complete the illustration. Don't hesitate to start all over if you are not satisfied with the result. Drawing is all about practicing and practicing again! Enjoy! :)