Here, let’s take a look at drawing a simple cartoon seahorse – structurally similar to a real one, yet at the same time – cartoony in nature, bringing out the fun side of this lesson.
Given the simple run of its spine – you can exaggerate details by simply deviating off the core framework with your pencil strokes.
Lots of room for imagination here!
First Step – A Curly Curvy Seahorse Spine
With the head in place, using a simple circle… all that’s needed is the run of the animals spine, as it curves vertically away from the head – and finally – curling into a a spiral at the tail.
Experiment here with a variety of different twists, turns, curves and curls… until you come up with something that says – YES – that is how I want MY seahorse to look!!
When you’re all set to go… let’s. To the drawing board!
Second Step – How to Draw a Cartoon Seahorse
OK. If you have an idea of what you want your animal to look like – the emotion given off for example… then the eye will play a large role in bringing the desired look forward. Here, I was aiming for sort of a sad/bashful/cute look – so of course… the bigger eye, along with the position of the heavy eyelid.
They eye – being the ‘window to its soul‘ – will help you to visualize the rest of the drawing as is very soon to take shape…
Pretty neat stuff! The hardest part – I’d say… is getting that spiral part ‘just right’. Have a few goes at it and for sure… you’ll get the desired look. As always, practice and repetition are the key elements (fueled by passion of course) – to improve at drawing…
…and I know you’ve got all three. 🙂
Well, that concludes our tutorial. See you again soon (tomorrow) for another!