Well, here in this lesson – drawing a cartoon walrus – I’d like to start things off as usual, by sketching out a simple framework of basic shapes.
Then, just as we usually would – work through the steps, gradually building up your character, line by line.
And please – don’t forget!… this tutorial should only serve as an example for ideas. Of course, you can copy things exactly if you like – but truly… the real progress will be seen, when you can branch out and begin creating animal characters of your own design.
And so, let’s get going!
How to Draw a Cartoon Walrus Step by Step
Something to note right away when drawing a walrus – is the shape of it’s body.
Like with anything we intend to draw – it should be noted that we can always simplify things – animals, people, objects, etc. – into a an assortment of basic shapes… the very building blocks for our drawing!
So yes, with this particular creature then – notice below, how I’ve come up with a series of simple circles and ovals.
The overlap – to depict its various parts – head, body, and even the start of its tail…
Another look – and we can begin to see how these shapes play a role in defining the form of our cartoon walrus character.
Can you visualize (in 3D perhaps?) – how the snout is closer to us then the back of head – and also…
How the chest/body area appear to be closer than the tail area going back?
Amazing what we can achieve with simple overlap!
Building up a simple framework then – here it is again… this time with a few additional details… lines to help us better identify before-hand, those key parts that will make our cartoon character actually *look like* a walrus.
Yup – you guessed it – tusks and flippers are key!
OK, so moving forward then…
Let’s go ahead and start drawing this soon-to-be funny looking cartoon walrus character, starting with the snout area, and also – the left eye and eyebrow.
Here’s how it looks…
And next – fading what we just drew out to grey…
Let’s go ahead now, and move on down and around the right side of the neck and body – drawing in three simple overlapping lines… ones that really help to give this drawing early on – a nice sense of dimension.
Can you imagine if we just drew one curved line around the perimeter? Right! It just wouldn’t have the same depth effect – like this…
OK – and moving around the drawing now (logically – you’re going to do this the way YOU think it’s best – there’s no one/right way!)…
Go ahead and place a few more key lines – those which help bring forward the tusks, part of the chest and arm/flipper… and even a few more head details.
And yeah – notice how it really is a matter of sequence!?
I mean – you ‘could’ but probably shouldn’t — draw the tusks last. They appear closer to the observer… so yes – draw them early!!!
Look at the size of its other eye – smaller! We know this of course, because tilting in a perceived space… the head of our cartoon walrus is such that the left part is closer to us, which makes the right side (and eye) – slightly smaller.
If you don’t understand this, that’s OK. Just try to get it close to what I’ve got here – through lots of practice… IT WILL COME! 🙂
So here we go – just about finished our cartoon walrus now… and yes – go ahead and add those last little details to make our drawing complete.
Eye and flippers…
Oh cool – so here’s what it looks like, minus the framework – just lineart…
Finally – getting savvy with some color now – here’s how our cartoon animal character looks with a splash of color…
See what I mean… doesn’t it resemble – even just a tiny bit, like a pug?
Funny. Well, hope you had fun with this lesson. And you know – you actually relay what we did here over to something like a sea lion or a seal – same body type… very similar principles with respect to drawing.
And there it is – a cartoon walrus!