Draw Your Own, Custom Cartoon Computer!

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Here's something to draw... a cartoon computer - customized to look however you want it to!

Computers can come in all sorts of different sizes. And this goes not just for the monitor, but for the other parts as well - keyboard, tower, mouse, etc.

And with respect to shape, the core parts of pretty much all computers come down to only a couple... rectangles and squares.

In this lesson, I'd like to show you a simple method of mapping out - and then drawing out - a cartoon computer... generic so that you can customize it with your own unique drawing style.

Let's get to it!...

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First Step - Four Simple Shapes

Begin by drawing four simple shapes to map out the four main components - monitor, keyboard, tower, and mouse.

Take a look on the left... this is a pretty good way to go about it. Of course, you may not be going for the wide screen. Or maybe your tower's on the right side as opposed to the left.

However you decide to position whichever components you wish to draw, is completely up to you. I recommend you use the above arrangement though. Then, later on - you can always go back and repeat this lesson, further customizing your computer drawing.

Now, let's get on with the actual drawing...

Second Step - A Keyboard for Your Cartoon Computer

Because the keyboard in this example, is the closest component to the observer - it makes sense to draw it first. Then again, in this case I've positioned it so it's not obstructing the monitor. So, drawing the monitor first would also be OK.

Below, take a look at how the keyboard takes shape. Notice how I come up with my own unique design - using the rectangle to keep everything in line...

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A good question to ask at this point... what about the keys!? Well, surely you can add them if you like. But because this is a cartoon - simplified and generic, you can get away with omitting certain details like this. In your case though, do feel free to add them if you like. It'll be a bit tedious, but then again... will probably look great with the extra effort!

Alright. With the first component of your cartoon computer in place, let's move on to the others...

Third Step - Draw in the Monitor, Followed by the Tower

With the keyboard in place, the next logical step is of course to move up and draw in the monitor of your cartoon computer. In this case, the tower is seen to be obstructed by the monitor. So it makes sense to save it until the end.

And so, here's how to go about the monitor - as well as the tower that follows...

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OK, looking pretty neat! Something I'd like to add though - as you're sketching in the details of your cartoon computer (keys, buttons, etc.), keep in mind that there are many different looks you can go for. Use simple shapes to come up with a style of your own. Change the size, shape and position of the details to make your drawing all the more unique!

Well, not much left to do now... let's finish it off with the mouse...

Final Step - Draw a Mouse to Finalize Your Cartoon Computer

And here it is... the final step in drawing your computer. Go ahead and make use of the circle to position/shape a mouse. I made mine to be the standard oval shape. In your case -- perhaps you'd like to do something different? Give it a shot!

Here's how the mouse (and wire) take shape...

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And there you have it. When you're all done - get rid of the underlying framework of basic shapes with a good eraser. And after that, think about the colors you'll use to even further customize your cartoon computer. Oh - and don't forget something to go on the actual screen itself... get creative!

You're all done now... very good job! :-)


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