I show you how to draw a cartoon donkey. It’s a baby donkey, cute and lovely. The recipe for drawing is very similar to other cartoon characters. Usually starts with a circle, a noodle or pear-like thing, and gradually develops into a recognizable shape.
In fact, it’s often amazing how simple is the beginning of cartoon drawings. If you compare it with the finished drawing - which often seems a bit complicated – the first steps are often ridiculously simple. Well, that’s how it works :)
Once you have outlined the basic circles and noodles…etc, then it is much easier to gradually add legs, ears, tails, and so on. Once you have outlined the perspective circles on the head, then it is much easier to draw exactly the nose, mouth, and eyes. It’s that simple.
It is the same or similar principle for all cartoon characters. So I encourage you to draw as much as you can from this series and you’ll soon understand how simple it is.
Draw a circle and a noodle-like thing. Draw them in the same size and proportions as you see in this picture. The circle is the head and the noodle is the body. Since this is a cute baby donkey, the head should be much bigger than the body.
On the head-circle draw two perspective guidelines. Notice that all guidelines including circle and noodle are very rough pencil lines. Do not sharpen your pencil. It is much difficult to make these lines with a sharpened pencil.
Draw all lines by freehand! Never use a compass or something else! If you do, you only cheat yourself.
Draw all four legs as you see in this picture. Notice that at this stage all legs look as if they are transparent. It is on purpose because now you can see even the hidden parts.
Add the ears and the tail. Outline the nose and the eye. Basically, you have now outlined all the main contours of your cartoon donkey. From now on we shall work out the face and the legs. In fact, your drawing is almost ready.
Gradually erase unnecessary guidelines. First, observe the drawing well and then carefully erase it. Use a pencil-type-eraser if a standard eraser is not enough. Outline the contours of the mouth, the eye, ears, and hooves.
Now draw the mane. Notice that donkeys have a very small mane, so this is just a symbolic thing. Erase the rest of all unnecessary guidelines and you can begin to outline the contours of the whole body – but that is the next step.
Use a softer pencil B4 or B6 to outline all the contours. If you don’t have these soft pencils then use a standard HB. Erase all the rest of the remaining guidelines, now you don’t need them anymore.
The last step is to color your donkey. Observe this picture and similarly color your drawing. You can also do it by coloring pencils, in such cases use a dark blue and black combination.