Pirate Cartoon (Advance Vector Tutorial)

Don't be afraid of this pirate cartoon! All you need to do is grab a pencil and draw! This happy cartoon character is now the subject of this drawing tutorial.

Pirates are very popular these days, especially in movies. Although they are not always cute and adorable like the character available on this page, everyone is fascinated by pirates.

My goal is to help you sketch, draw and color this cartoon character as efficiently as possible. To achieve this, you will need a few basic skills to create a simple pirate, a little bit of knowledge using a vector software and a few minutes of your time.

It's not a very difficult tutorial, but you need to be aware of all details to create a result that is nice and convincing.

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

pirate cartoon
pirate cartoon

First, create the pirate using a few basic shapes and lines. You don't need to add color for now. Just make sure that your illustration is similar. If you prefer, you can also create your own pirate. Then, add plain colors on every part of the cartoon character. 

Step 2

pirate cartoon
pirate cartoon

Now that plain colors are visible, we need to come up with something more realistic. How about using the gradient tool to enhance each element of the illustration? It's very easy to achieve!

Just select each and every shape individually and use the gradient tool to create a darker area on the bottom and a light area on top. Of course, you need to use the same tone of color on each shape.

Step 3

pirate cartoon
pirate cartoon

Once you are finished, you can create new shapes to add even more depth to your drawing. Create new shadows on the face, the shirt, the arms and below the belt. You can use transparency to hide the top part of the shape. You can also illustrate reflection on the eyes by adding two additional circles filled with white and slightly transparent on top.

Step 4

pirate cartoon
pirate cartoon

Finally, repeat the same process to represent new shadows on the hat, the patch, the beard, the shirt and the feet. Once again, you can use a darker tone and use transparency to create these new shapes. Good job! I think our pirate cartoon is looking very good for now! :)

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