Ok, so let’s draw some cartoon art.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – also know as ‘La Giocanda’… is one of – if not THE – most famous works of art on the planet. Painted in the Italian Renaissance period, during the early 16th Century – it is believed to have taken da Vinci almost 16 years to complete!
Here in this lesson, I’ve put together some steps to help you brainstorm and create a unique homage to this wonderful painting – of your own!
To the canvas!
First Step – A Study of Shapes which Compose the Mona Lisa
Just like how you might plan out a real oil painting – with a grid, shapes, lines, etc… BEFORE you actually lay down the paint… here we’re doing something similar. These lines and shapes should help to give you a better understanding of how the various parts of the painting come together – or in our case… cartoon art.
The first phase then, beginning with a picture frame…
While this looks rather strange at first – this arrangement of shapes and lines can really help to cement the form that your pen/pencil strokes should be working around. Notice how the green circle marks off here face – turned slightly to HER right.
Also, notice the positioning of her right hand – just adjacent to the centerline. And the orange arc… marking off – to some degree – where her hair can be drawn.
Really – you can use a pattern of your own if you like. Whichever works best for you!
Second Step – How to Draw Cartoon Art, The Mona Lisa
Beginning with the face of The Mona Lisa, use these steps to guide you – as you slowly move forward, bringing into view a drawing (painting!)… ART !!! of your own.
Keep in mind – this is a simple cartoon representation. It’s by no means an ‘extremely close’ likeness to the real thing. It does however depict those parts of the painting (most of them anyway) – that makes it easy to recognize as such.
Oh – one more thing. I added eyebrows in my version – but in the real version, there aren’t any. In the final colored images, I made sure to leave them out.
When all is said and drawn – the final product – colored and all… really makes it all worth the while. You’ll notice I added some color variations that don’t exactly show up in the real thing. The water in behind for example… not really sure it this is water – but I thought it would look neat.
All and all – a cartoon art likeness to the real thing!
I hope you enjoyed the lesson. 🙂