Octopus Cartoon (Advance Vector Tutorial)

Learn how to draw a cute octopus cartoon filled with nice purple colors and complex gradient fills. Of course, if you want to achieve this tutorial more easily, owning a vector software could be a good idea since the entire drawing lesson was created using one. 

Drawing an octopus is a fun exercise since this cartoon character is usually quite easy to complete and fun to color. You just need to draw a big circle to create the head and add a few tentacles below the head to complete the illustration.

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

Octopus cartoon
Octopus cartoon

In this first step, create the outlines of your character by sketching black lines to create all major parts. Once you are finished, add some colors on the body and the tentacles. It doesn't matter if your character doesn't look too convincing for now.

Step 2

Octopus cartoon
Octopus cartoon

Next, select the gradient tool and add some effects on each part of the octopus cartoon. Make sure that all bottom parts are darker and filled with simple tones of purple. For the eyes, use the circular fill to create the desired effects.

Step 3

Octopus cartoon
Octopus cartoon

Move on to the next step and create lines on all four tentacles that are visible in front of the head. You can also create small patches on top of the head of the cartoon animal.

Step 4

Octopus cartoon
Octopus cartoon

Great! Time to create some circles to add reflections on the eyes and the pupils. These circles must be white and transparency can be added on the bottom of each shape. You can also create round patches around each eye. A dark reflection is also added on the left part of the head.

Step 5

Octopus cartoon
Octopus cartoon

Next, duplicate the shape that was used to create the dark shadow on the head and fill it with a white color. Make sure that the bottom of this new shape is transparent. You can also create white shadows on both tentacles that are below the eyes.

Step 6

Octopus cartoon
Octopus cartoon

Complete your work on the octopus cartoon by adding patches on top of the eyes, below the eyes and on the tentacles that are on each end of the cartoon character. Nice job! Don't hesitate to create your own shadows and reflections and practice as much as needed!

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