How to Draw Cartoons (Free Guide)

How to Draw Cartoons (Free Guide)

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Who should use this guide?

If you ever wanted to learn how to draw cartoons, this guide can show you the basics.

This guide was created for beginners, those who have no drawing experience.

Since this drawing course will continue to grow, advanced artists may benefit from it.

To draw cartoon characters you don’t need any special set of rules or templates.

The fun of creating cartoon characters is that you’re free to express yourself drawing however you like.

There’s no wrong or right way to draw any section of your cartoon.

When drawing, you’re bound to make mistakes, make crooked lines, funny shapes and wiggly lines.

Drawing Cartoons is Fun

But this is what makes drawing cartoons special, and it separates the serious art from the fun ones.

Drawing cartoons is not about measuring each and every body proportion making sure it’s aligned.

Cartoon art is about expressing your inner creativity and creating an animated character that represents how you feel.

If you feel like a happy bird in the sky, DRAW IT, if you feel like a ferocious lion, DRAW IT!

Rules are Boring

However, there needs to be some type of method on how to draw cartoons.

There needs to be a unique approach on how to learn and teach the way we draw cartoons.

So why get something that is fun without restrictions and apply ugly rules to it?

The answer is realism or making the art look more realistic.

Draw Realistic Cartoons

Would you want to draw a romantic Emoji that looks like a slime-ball or draw a cartoon bird that looks like a U.F.O.?

You may not believe it but I have some crazy drawings with wild imagination.

So this is why I created this drawing guide to help you get familiar with some methods professionals used to draw cartoons.

There are multiple ways to draw cartoon characters, and everyone has their own unique style.

Transform into a Cartoonist

My best advice to you is to develop your own way of drawing that feels comfortable to you.

The cool thing is that there’s no right or wrong way to draw, no purpose or direction.

Some of the best art has no meaning or purpose, yet people will stare at it, trying to figure it out.

I hope you find this free drawing course useful and it helps you to get started drawing cartoons.

How to Draw Cartoon Heads

Cartoon characters are very flexible and you don’t need to use real human measurements to draw any part of a cartoon character.

However, if you decided to draw super hero comics like Marvel and D.C. characters, you will have to use measurements.

Drawing a cartoon head is simple, use any shape you like, for example; circles, squares, ovals, triangles, hearts, rectangles and more.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon heads

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How to Draw Cartoon Bodies

Drawing cartoon bodies is similar to drawing a cartoon head.

You can draw long, short, thick, shapes that resemble a body.

If you want to make cute cartoons, draw the cartoon’s head twice the size of its body.

The character’s body could be round, squared, oval, or as a rectangle.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon bodies

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How to Draw Cartoon Legs

Drawing cartoon legs is a straight-forward process. There are many types of legs, you can sketch from skinny to thick cartoon legs.

Comic character legs are more detailed than regular cartoons

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon legs

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How to Draw Cartoon Arms

Drawing cartoon arms is similar to drawing cartoon legs. You can use a tubular, triangular, or rectangular shapes.

For drawing Comic characters, you will have to add shadows and know how to draw muscular arms.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon arms.

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How to Draw Cartoon Feet

Drawing cartoon feet can range from easy to hard, it really depends on the details you add. I like keeping it simple.

Most of my cartoons have shoes unless they are animals. However, there are a few rare cases that I sketched shoes on animals.

But if you want to get more technical with details, you can always draw realistic cartoon feet.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon feet

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How to Draw Cartoon Hands

While many people agree, drawing realistic cartoon hands is tough. That’s why I keep it simple and draw just a shape of the hand.

Another simple approach to drawing cartoon hands is drawing a white glove like the one on Mickey Mouse.

If you are a comic artist, you will have to practice how to draw the human hand very well.

Here are some examples:

how to draw a cartoon hands

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How to Draw Cartoon Eyes

Drawing cartoon eyes are very fun because you get to control their appearance.

Cartoon eyes are very important for certain characters like Manga and Chibis.

When drawing large cartoon eyes, add as many details and colors to the eyes. This will help make your cartoon design more attractive.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon eyes

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How to Draw a Cartoon Mouths

Drawing cartoon mouths can be easy if you don’t add a lot of details.

For example, if you sketch a character’s mouth wide open, you may see teeth, throat and tongue.

In many Manga cartoons, the character’s mouths are small making it easy to draw.

Keep it simple, unless you’re drawing a highly detailed cartoon head profile, avoid unnecessary distractions.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon mouths

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How to Draw Cartoon Hair

Drawing cartoon hair can be simple or complex.

Remember that we are drawing cartoons and we don’t have to worry about every single strand of hair.

I recommend drawing patches of shapes to create cartoon hair.

For example, a circle on top and a curbed line on both sides for women’s hair.

Here are some examples:

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How to Draw Cartoon Facial Hair

Drawing cartoon facial hair is mostly for male characters and they consist of beards, mustaches, and sideburns.

However, there are times that you may draw cartoons with facial hair like a werewolf or an animal.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon facial hair

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How to Draw Cartoon Ears

Drawing cartoon ears is not just drawing a question-mark shape.

You need to consider the position relevant to the cartoon character’s eyes.

Sketching a circle as an ear is simple and effective, but you can add more details if you like.

Don’t worry too much about the details, but focus on the cartoon ear’s size and position.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon ears

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How to Draw Cartoon Noses

Drawing cartoon noses are kept simple unless you’re drawing a highly exaggerated nose.

Some Manga characters don’t have noses or they may have only a small letter “L” nose.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon noses

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How to Draw Cartoon Faces

I kept the best for last. Drawing cartoon faces is what makes your characters look realistic.

There are many face combinations that you can create for your cartoons.

Most importantly, the facial expression is what tells the story of your character.

When a cartoonist draws, he or she must explain to the viewers, how the cartoon feels.

The way your cartoon expresses itself is by its facial expressions.

Does the character feel happy, sad, frightened, upset or raging angry?

Also, keep in mind that the composition of the cartoon’s body is an important factor.

Both the facial expression and body positioning play an important role in how your character is viewed.

Here are some examples:

How to draw cartoon faces

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