Learn how to create a nice spider cartoon filled with subtle details, shadows and reflections. Indeed, this tutorial will show you how to come up with a simple cartoon character that is well designed and loaded with great effects.
Spiders are fun to draw since they are usually made of simple shapes like circles and rectangles. This character is no exception. You will see that creating an insect is a nice challenge that can be achieved quite easily.
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.
First, create the shape of your cartoon animal. Use black lines and basic shapes to do so. Then, add plain colors like black and grey to enhance the illustration a little bit.
Use the gradient tool to add nice effects on most part of the spider cartoon. Since the sun is located above the character, make sure that most parts are darker on the bottom.
Add two small shadows on the first and second leg of the animal. You can also create circles on the eye and the pupil to represent reflections. Below the eye, create a large circle and color it in black. The top of this new shape can be slightly transparent.
Finally, create a long shadow below each of the legs that are in front of the spider. Two more shadows can be added near the neck and the head. Good job! :)