How to make your drawings look 3 dimensional
A bit of 3D shading adds depth to your drawings and makes them look much
Let's start with a simple elephant. To make him look more three dimensional
we need to add some shadows. To do this you have to imagine the sun somewhere
and then think about where the shadows would be.
If the sun is above and to the left of Eric's head, then his chin would be
shaded by his trunk, so I have darkened the area below his mouth. I also darkened
the bottom of the trunk. His ear shades a bit of his body and his feet have
shade near the bottom.
You could go further and perhaps shade his belly too (I forgot to do that)
but as you see it makes no difference if it is not totally accurate. A few
bits of shading are all you need to give your cartoons a three dimensional
A word about colours! Shadows are best done in a darker shade of whatever
colour is underneath. So the shadows on my elephant are grey because the elephant
is light grey. A purple chimpanzee would
have darker purple shadows.
see, I told you so!
Back to Eric the elephant, Here is what happens when we pretent the sun is
shining behind him. Because he is facing away from the sun, his big ears act
like a parasol and so his entire face is in shadow.
This simple technique of placing shadows on a cartoon adds an extra depth
to your pictures. Try it for yourself.
Good luck and keep on cartooning.