Avatar niks1351

(Note: This tutorial has been permanently moved from Pxleyes to grepless in order to give it better visibility and responsiveness.)

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to draw cartoons. I will try to keep it as simple as possible so you can learn how to draw as quickly as possible.

Drawing cartoons is amusing. You will enjoy learning how to make cute figures and characters. And maybe, you will also discover a new talent in yourself!

These techniques can be applied on paper, but also in any digital photo editing program such as Photoshop. Let's make some easy drawings!

The type of cartoon character drawing we will be making

Final Drawing

Step 1 - Drawing lines

Eager to draw cartoons?

FIRST, you should practice these lines... take a large page (newspapers are best for this practice), start drawing horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. Draw some curves.

Go on practicing the lines. After this you won't find yourself with shaking hands while drawing the cartoons, and you will draw with confidence and firmness of the hand. Build your foundation solidly.

Drawing Lines

Step 2 - How to draw simple shapes

We will start with drawing the head. Most important thing to remember while drawing a cartoon head is the shape of the head. Here I am mentioning few important shapes.

  1. Round head
  2. Square head
  3. Egg shaped
  4. Pear shaped
  5. Rectangle shaped
  6. Glass shaped

So you can create complex cartoons from simple shapes.

How to draw shapes

Step 3 - Drawing a cartoon head

Some people think that cartoons are a way of getting out of drawing things right, but good cartoons are well drawn.

  1. Draw the shape of the head. I am drawing circle. Add guidelines. This way you will get the anatomy right.
  2. Draw the eyes.
  3. Draw nose.
  4. Draw ears and mouth.
  5. Now add hair style.
  6. Not that one? May be this one?
How to draw a cartoon head

Step 4 - Drawing the face

A face can be looking up or down or anywhere. Guidelines are very helpful to get the head facing in right direction. So first draw the head then put guidelines.

Then add eyes, nose, mouth... etc. Guidelines are for assistance only, so draw them very lightly. You can aways erase them once you are done.

How to draw a face

Step 5 - Drawing facial expressions

Facial expressions are an important channel of nonverbal communication. Emotions are expressed mainly through the eyebrows and mouth.

For example: Anger is denoted by drawing the eyebrows in a V-shape low over the eyes. Ecstasy is shown by half closed eyes and a huge smile. To draw a scared cartoon expression make the eyes wide. for a surprised face draw big eyes and o-shaped mouth.

You can see some expressions drawn below.

How to draw facial expressions

Step 6 - Head shape

There are 3 shapes of head: egg-shaped, pear-shaped and rectangle. First draw the guidelines. Then you can draw eyes, lips, nose, etc...

Now make the outline of the head clearer and give it some hairstyle.

How to draw head shapes

Step 7 - Drawing movement

Draw the movement of action for your cartoon. For this draw the guidelines.

Draw circles to get the shape of the body. Then draw the facial expressions and the body. After all this, draw the clothes and other accessories.

How to draw movement

Step 8 - Drawing the mouth

The mouth is an important characteristic of a cartoon character. It changes the expressions. You can always draw a mouth using a line or a circle.

Just try different styles. Once you found the one that you like the most, practice and practice again until you get it done. Here are some examples.

How to draw a mouth

Step 9 - Thoughts

A person's thoughts can be ascertained by looking in his or her eyes. The eyes are simply the most expressive part of funny cartoon faces, and almost every emotion can be shown through the proper illustration of eyes.

Here I have tried to capture a few expressions:

How to draw thoughts and facial expressions

Step 10 - Drawing hands

First draw a circle, second step is add the thumb and then add fingers... Erase extra lines.

How to draw hands

Step 11 - More hand examples

These hands are drawn with the same process described above... It's easy... just keep practicing.

How to draw different hand shapes

Step 12

Now try to combine everything and you're done!

How to draw a simple cartoon character
16  Points
86
nishagandhi

nishagandhi Beginner — Level 3 says:

wow this is way too cool Niks!! love this!!

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

These are really nice drawings. They are step by step and very helpful! Thanks.

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

the presentation and the theory is so simple that i think nobody will have any problem in learning.

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

so nice. super

1 month ago
Reply 7
thelostworld

thelostworld Beginner — Level 9 says:

I got to the step 3 and it went well. My simple drawing actually looks like the one shown.

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

This is possibly the worst tutorial I've seen yet. Amazing drawings, but it teaches nothing. You aren't showing the steps.

1 month ago
Reply 7
explorersue

explorersue Beginner — Level 9 says:

What a great beginner tutorial for many of us who are cooped up inside and need a creative outlet! Love it!

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

awsome

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

ist very simple to draw

1 month ago
Reply 10
apixeldot

apixeldot Beginner — Level 4 says:

ice tutorial. So much to learn,,,even in simple Cartoons. :)

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

Wow that is AWESOME keep the hard work up

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

Very Nice.. thanks for sharing

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

thanks...wonderful experience with your style.. :)

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

very easy to draw .thx

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

It's really very nice .... gr8!

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

Very Nice.. thanks for sharing

1 month ago
Reply 10
Guest

Guest says:

Nice and very helpuful

1 month ago
Reply 10
niks1351

niks1351 Beginner — Level 4 says:

:( sorry about the unwanted spots...Actually I accidentally got my scanner dirty with paint....

1 month ago
Reply 9
Guest

Guest says:

nice....thanks my friend

1 month ago
Reply 9
Guest

Guest says:

WOW That is great before i found this i didnt even now how to draw a top or Eny thing but now I no how to draw lots. THANK YOU!

1 month ago
Reply 9
Guest

Guest says:

U are great

1 month ago
Reply 9
Guest

Guest says:

wow. great lesson and simple. It works.

1 month ago
Reply 9
Guest

Guest says:

tanks its very useful.

1 month ago
Reply 8
unknown

unknown Beginner — Level 4 says:

by this wonderful tutorial you made cartooning look so easy in my eyes its really brief and not confusing and last but not least after all what you have done my tech's are really improving :):D

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

very nice to see

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

This pics r awesome dud now i know ha 2 dro i is talkin lik a stupi man dud init blud

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

nice but wats with the dirty paper??

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

very good and useful

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

cool stuffs!!

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

ya............ it learn to easy... i need more cortoon diagram. like as bud car and animals.....thank you...........

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

IT IS EXCELLENT

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

this is really easy to draw and im 11!!

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

wow! i loved it! it thought me sooo mich :)

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

Cool n very useful thanks!!!

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

Worth searching in the net. Really helpful for beginners. I want to get more from you..

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

nice Tutorial :D

1 month ago
Reply 8
Guest

Guest says:

Simple and to the point. Excellent beginner's tutorial.

1 month ago
Reply 8
danny

danny Beginner — Level 3 says:

It will be a great take off for my kids in drawing..

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

SO VERY GOOD.

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

cartoon is my life this website long year for life

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

my life will not perfect without drawing

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

That was a wonderful tutorial. I tried one and came out well. as you had you have made it as simple as possible. Thanks.

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

awesome

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

Awesome tutorials. Any caricature drawing tutorials??

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

so simple!

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

awesome tips

1 month ago
Reply 7
Guest

Guest says:

I am so proud

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

likely helpful to study................keep on

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

Thanks this is a super site :)

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

my cartoon came out very good thank u very much

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

Nice examples & easy to understand. Bless u for sharing your talents.

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

it,s nice to make a cartoon

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

thank u mam for drowing tricks....

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

thanks

1 month ago
Reply 6
Guest

Guest says:

its great thanks....

1 month ago
Reply 6
niks1351

niks1351 Beginner — Level 4 says:

Thank u all...I wish to see your cartoons....

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

good, really nice drawing

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

awesome....

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

Super Tutorial!!

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

Heyy x these are all good drawings and cartoons guys x well done! xxx

1 month ago
Reply 5
hONEY

hONEY Beginner — Level 4 says:

super ...... this is so good for art learners

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

It was really great to check more than once......... lovelly tips and tutorial..... just upload some other and if u have many just let me know to this site plzz.. f.raj1989@gmail.com

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

This tutorial was really helpful..

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

;Thank you so much I got a perfect picture for my little sister

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

cooool :)

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

Thats good I enjoy the tutorial so much thanks, ( you are too good )

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

tooo good I now know how to draw cartoons

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

very good i learnt a lot but wats with the dirty paper for the result? wat is that green stuff?? anyway i luv it!!

1 month ago
Reply 5
Guest

Guest says:

I like the way the tutorial has designed thanks.

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

Cool Tips

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

Nice Drawings, but it isn't much of a tutorial. "Add fingers" isn't teaching us how to draw fingers, its just telling us to draw fingers. Its good, but more detail really is needed in the descriptions.

1 month ago
Reply 3
Guest

Guest says:

helps alot... tks

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

I have seen dozens of sites on cartooning and this is the best. Its simplicity is what caught my attention. My cartooning skills have improved tenfold and I am getting positive comments now. I now draw with confidence.I can't thankyou enough for this amazing simple cartoon tutorial.

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

i want oriiginal peoples cartoons not imaginary but bcoz of u i got best ideas

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

I thought it was good but the examples of facial expression and faces and hair were small on an average mobile phone skin and couldn't click on it to make it bigger though your guide on how to draw your own cartoons was great!

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

you are too much

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

looks hard but its really easy :)

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

Its very much useful, Especially the angled faces trick is very easy to understand . Keep uploading such easy tricks. thank you....

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

very simple and the best .thanks a lot......

1 month ago
Reply 4
kim

kim Beginner — Level 3 says:

good basic tips,but you should add more how to sketch using shapes and figures

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

Guest says: How cute

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

Compact... Detailed tutorial... I liked this... :)

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

very useful.

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

THANK YOU........

1 month ago
Reply 4
Guest

Guest says:

10 out of 10..... great. keep posting new things master..... :)

4 weeks ago
Reply 4

Drawing »