Ninja Cartoon (Advance Vector Tutorial)

We are not sure yet whether this ninja cartoon is on the good side or the bad side of the law, but one thing is sure: he is the subject of this drawing lesson!

However, even if this character is wearing a black suit, don't be fooled by the simplicity of this tutorial! You still need to create effective shadows and reflections to end up with a nice and relevant result!

That's why this drawing lesson is slightly different from the others available in this section of the site. Instead of adding dark shadows to give more volume to the bottom parts of our character, we need to add light shapes to illustrate the reflection of the light on top of the various parts. Ready? Let's move on with the first step! :)

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. 

Step 1

Ninja cartoon
Ninja cartoon

Use the pen tool and a few basic shapes like circles to create a cute (and angry) ninja. Fortunately, this one is very easy to achieve. Only the hands and the body are slightly tougher to create. Then, use the fill tool to add plain colors. You can use red for the headband and the belt, black for the suit and a relevant skint tone for the hands and the face.

Step 2

Ninja cartoon
Ninja cartoon

Good! Now use the gradient fill tool to add a few dark shadows on all shapes that ARE NOT colored in black. For each element, use a darker version of the color already used. The ninja cartoon should already look more convincing and realistic (for a cartoon character, of course! :)

Step 3

Ninja cartoon
Ninja cartoon

Now create new shapes that will be applied on the feet (use white as a color), on the face (use a darker skin tone), on the pupils (once again, use white) and on the eyes (white again). You can also apply a little bit of transparency on the top of each shape to hide them partially. Trust me, the effect should look very cool!

Step 4

Ninja cartoon
Ninja cartoon

For this step, create small pieces that will be added to the belt and the headband and make sure that these new shapes are colored with a dark red tone. Once again, You can apply a little bit of transparency on the top of each shape to hide them partially.

Step 5

Ninja cartoon
Ninja cartoon

Finally, we need to create a few shapes to represent the reflection of the light on the suit of the ninja cartoon. To do so, simply duplicate each shape one-by-one and reduce the size of each shape to 90% or so.

Make sure that each shape is colored in white. Then, use transparency to hide the bottom part of each shape. Great! Now we have a simple character filled with great shadows and dressed like a champion! :)

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