How to draw vector illustrations of animals

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Learn how to create adorable vector illustrations featuring cool animals like insects, birds, sea animals, farm animals and wild animals. All tutorials are featuring easy and accessible characters that can be drawn in just a few quick and easy steps. All lessons are also featuring a second section designed to help you learn a specific aspect of drawing like how to play with perspective, how to create shadows or how to draw various postures.

Learning more about the animal

Vector illustrations (Frog)

All lessons are designed in a similar way. First, I will show you an illustration of the featured character filled with a few important tips on how this particular animal must be drawn.

What are the physical uniqueness of the character? What is so special about it and what must be drawn to make the illustration credible and close to reality?

Once you are more familiar with everything there is to know about this particular animal, you will be able to proceed to the step-by-step drawing tutorial.

This first step can easily be skipped if you feel confident enough to illustrate the character without spending time learning more about it, but it can be a good idea to take a quick look since some details or elements are not always as obvious as they should be.

Using a simple step-by-step tutorial to create the animal

Now that you know everything you need to know about the selected character, it's time to use a basic step-by-step lesson to draw the animal. Between four and eight steps are usually required to sketch and color the character. 

It's a good practice to start every lesson with the creation of a guideline designed to help you draw accurate proportions (you can see the template made from orange lines on the left in the illustration above). Once lines are added on this template to form the head and the body, these orange shapes can be erased.

Then, it's time to add more details inside the image. Things like the eyes, the pupils, the nose, the mouth, the fingers and some patterns are usually added during this step. The level of details is pretty basic to make sure that everyone can create these characters quickly and easily.

Finally, it's time to add some colors to make the cartoon picture visually more appealing. This step is the last one concerning the step-by-step lesson found inside these tutorials, but one extra step can be found inside each lesson ...

Playing with basic concepts like shadows, textures and more ...

Indeed, each lesson also features a simple lesson on a basic concept like perspective, adding shadows, creating highlights, playing with colors or sketching textures. For example, the lesson on the cartoon frog contains a few extra tips on how to work with postures.

The advantage of adding these extra resources to each lesson is the fact that learning how to draw various positions on a character you already had the opportunity to work with makes the whole experience more enjoyable and easier to learn.

That's why it can be a good idea to look at all drawing lessons to learn something new about drawing cartoon animals. Each lesson is based on a different aspect of drawing and going through the whole series will help you learn to draw cool characters and learn a few tips and techniques that can be applied elsewhere.

Here are all animals available in this series:

farm animals


Sea Animals

Wild animals

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