Like traveling, and designing classic cartoon-style artwork in Adobe Illustrator? Then you'll love this tutorial.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a fun summer road trip cartoon-style illustration. You will draw a sketch using the Pencil Tool (N) and then outline it with the Pen Tool (P). Once you're done, you’ll want to go on your own road trip!
1. Outlining the Sketch
We will start by creating a new document that is 600 px in both width and high. First, we need to outline the sketch. Double-click on the Pencil Tool (N) and let's adjust the options. In the new dialogue window, under the Tolerances section, make Fidelity 4 px and Smoothness around 30 - 40%. Then look at the Stroke panel. Set Weight 1 px and check Round Cap button.
Now let's start sketching a car.
Add car mirrors, car lights and a few lines in front for the grill.
Add seats and the back parts of the car.
Then sketch a lady, waving "hello".
Draw her necklace, earring, and arms, and add the wheel.
Take the Eraser Tool (Shift-E) and erase the unnecessary lines.
Last but not least, sketch in few suitcases, boxes, and a camera.
Draw the details of suitcases and camera.
2. Applying Colors
Lock the layer with sketch and create a new layer under the previous one. To place the new layer under the previous layer, you can simply press the Create New Layer button on the Layers menu and drag it under the existing layer. Reduce the Transparency of the layer with sketch (while it is opened). Now, we will color our sketch using the Pen Tool (P). Apply gray and dark gray color for the inside of the car, dark red for the car mirrors and brown for tires.
Continue applying dark red and light brown colors for the car.
Find Skintones (Swatches > Skintones) and apply it to the skin of the lady. Give her blond hair with red lips, red earrings and necklace. Then make her top, teeth, and headband white.
Apply colors for the suitcases and camera. As you can see, I used different shades of pink, gray and light brown colors. To create the strap of the camera use the Pencil Tool (N).
Using the Pen Tool (P) draw approximately the same shapes for two boxes as on the image below. I used the same color as the previously applied for them, but with Multiply Transparency and reduced Opacity.
Then cut out the unnessecary parts using the Intersect button on Pathfinder panel. This should create the following result:
Draw the shapes of the highlight and shadow. For the highlight, use the same color as you previously applied for this object, but with Screen Transparency. For the shadow, I gave Multiply Transparency, sometimes with different variations of Opacity.
To create bouncy and shiny hair, draw in highlight using the same color as the hair and then applying Screen Transparency with 50% Opacity. For the shadow on her hair, apply Multiply Transparency with 50% Opacity.
Your result should look like this:
3. Creating the Background
Take a sky blue fill color and create a big square and send it to the backwards (Control-X, Control-B).
With the Pen Tool (P), draw a rounded triangle with the same fill color. Then apply the Multiply Transparency for it.
Go to the layer with sketch and delete it (by simply dragging it to the trash button). Now look at your final result!
You’ve made it! Congratulations! I hope you will be able to use these techniques in working with Pencil Tool and the Pen Tool for your future works; try making your own designs, and share them with us in the comments below.
Never stop drawing.