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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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— 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
— How to draw different hand shapes —

Step 12

Now try to combine everything and you're done!

How to draw a simple cartoon character
— How to draw a simple cartoon character —
nishagandhi avatarLevel 3
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wow this is way too cool Niks!! love this!!

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

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

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so nice. super

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

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

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

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awsome

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ist very simple to draw

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

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Wow that is AWESOME keep the hard work up

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Very Nice.. thanks for sharing

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

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very easy to draw .thx

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

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Very Nice.. thanks for sharing

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Nice and very helpuful

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

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nice....thanks my friend

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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!

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U are great

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wow. great lesson and simple. It works.

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tanks its very useful.

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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

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very nice to see

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

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nice
but wats with the dirty paper??

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very good and useful

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cool stuffs!!

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

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IT IS EXCELLENT

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this is really easy to draw and im 11!!

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

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Cool n very useful thanks!!!

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

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nice Tutorial :D

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

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

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SO VERY GOOD.

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cartoon is my life this website long year for life

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my life will not perfect without drawing

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

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awesome

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Awesome tutorials. Any caricature drawing tutorials??

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so simple!

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awesome tips

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I am so proud

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

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Thanks this is a super site :)

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my cartoon came out very good thank u very much

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

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it,s nice to make a cartoon

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thank u mam for drowing tricks....

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thanks

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its great thanks....

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

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good, really nice drawing

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awesome....

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Super Tutorial!!

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

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

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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..
[email protected]

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This tutorial was really helpful..

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

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cooool :)

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

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tooo good I now know how to draw cartoons

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

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I like the way the tutorial has designed
thanks.

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Cool Tips

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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.

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helps alot... tks

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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.

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

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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!

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you are too much

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looks hard but its really easy :)

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

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

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

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Guest says:
How cute

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

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very useful.

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THANK YOU........

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

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