Learning how to draw a cartoon character is both, a very simple as well as a tricky job. You need to observe the faces of people around you and use your creativity to give the desired personality to your cartoon character.
How to Draw a Cartoon Character – Method 1. This is a fundamental way of drawing a cartoon character, especially suitable for the beginners.
o Geometrical Shapes. Start drawing a cartoon character with the basic geometrical shapes such as squares, circles, and ovals for the head of your caricature. You need not be great at drawing for sketching these shapes. Think how each shape could represent the different personalities of people. Square-headed character looks stubborn and old, while a round head looks happy and smiling. Similarly, a lens shaped face can represent a feminine character.
o Free Sketch. Take a blank page. Draw one of the basic geometrical shapes and try to imagine a face inside it. Keep your hand as much free as possible while drawing. Of course, continue infusing your imagination all the while, you are raiding the paper.
o Body Drawing. Now let us go ahead with the rest of the body of the cartoon character you are drawing. Again, you begin with the basic geometrical shapes for this. Think about the cartoon characters that you are familiar with such as Simpson, Poppeye, and Tarzan. Observe their body shapes. If you still find it complicated, try to imagine simpler shapes that make up the body of the cartoon character.
o Simplicity. The secret behind learning how to draw cartoon characters is not that you have to be a fantastic artist. The secret lies in being able to separate complex arrangements and designs into simple shapes that anyone can draw. The magic of caricature drawing is to use your brain to imagine each part of the cartoon and then rearrange all to give your cartoon a meaningful personality. 4anime
How to Draw a Cartoon Character – Method 2. This is a professional approach to draw a cartoon character. The method emphasizes on drawing a basic pencil outline of human characters by Sticks Method. This method helps in drawing a cartoon character in particular poses. The use of sticks to represent bones makes a cartoon more natural and expressive. We break the cartoon character down to show various joints of its body. With the help of this, any kind of pose can be reflected.
o Imagine a character, all made up of sticks.
o Draw a symbol of cross (+) to impart a symmetry to the caricature’s body you are drawing. Draw eyes on the horizontal line of this cross.
o Now draw a horizontal line below the eyes, representing shoulders.
o Draw a circle around the eye line, representing head.
o Draw sticks for hands and legs along with the major joints, in order to capture some pose.
o After the stick figure is complete, give the shape of respective body part around the stick.
o Finally draw eyes, nose, lips, and hair to complete the cartoon character.