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How to Draw a Cartoon Beach

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A beautiful 'azul' cartoon beach - first of the landscape drawing lessons here on the site. Can't think of a better way to kick things off.

While working through this drawing lesson, I recommend you have a ruler on hand, some pencil crayons (or photoshop!), and any other tools that will help make the process that much easier and fun. A circle stencil for example, would be helpful for drawing the sun, clouds, and the beach ball.

And yes - this is the third lesson that visitors picked as part of the 'You Decide!' section, where you can vote on what Friday's drawing lesson should be.

Let's hit the beach!

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First Step - Shapes + Lines = Cartoon Beach!

Much the same with any 'subject-focused' lesson here on the site, I'd like to tackle this one in a very similar manner - mapping out lines and shapes before-hand, to help reveal the simple plan - framework - allowing you to feel more at ease as you bring your work into view.

Beginning with the subdivisions of the three main components of our picture - sky, water, and sand... here's what we've got...

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Pop quiz!

Any idea just what on earth these shapes will soon become?

Well - a quick look up top - and you'll quickly find that they are in fact, the sun (circle), some palm tree leaves (triangle), a beach ball (another circle) and last but not least - an umbrella -- marked off by a simple angled rectangle.

Simple stuff - exactly how we want it to be! :-)



Second Step - How to Draw a Cartoon Beach

And - now that we've got the 'gist' of it... let's move on with the gradual and sequential placement of our lines - beginning with those things that would appear CLOSEST to the eyes of the viewer.

Simple lines revealing simple components of our soon-to-be-beach, here's how to bring things into view, step by step...

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So - how are things coming along so far? If there's anything I think you might have some difficulty with at this point - it'd be those clouds. But really, clouds come in all shapes and sizes, so dig deep creatively and give creating your own unique version of these clouds - a go.

Below, is a simple colored version of our cartoon beach...

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While this colored version is great - easily capturing the look of a simple cartoon landscape (perfect for a comic strip!)... you might still want to take things a step further. Especially if you're using an image editing program like Photoshop, a few extra steps can drastically effect the overall perception of the drawing.

To show you what I mean, here's how things look with the addition of some gradients, the subtraction of some black lines, and the changing in color of some other lines...

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Ahh - now that looks refreshing! A beautiful cartoon beach - exactly what we were aiming for.

And regarding those gradients - the transition from one shade of blue to another - like with the sand and the water... you can achieve similar results with the use of pencil crayons, paint, etc. In fact, I'd recommend you give Prismacolor pencil crayons a try as their oil-based properties allow for more control over blending, as they smear quite easily.

And that's all there is to it. Until next time!

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