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How to Draw a Cartoon Duck , Character illustration - Art Inspire by Asmaa - Graphics, illustration & free vector resources for Creators

This tutorial will take you through basic shapes , using basic tools ie pathfinder , knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.

Following this tutorial you can draw a step by step illustrated vector tutorial file which will help you to actually look at how it is done! it is as simple as that!

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Step1

Using simple shapes circles and ovals draw an outline quite similar to the one below.

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Step 2

The wing place holder is a circle and for the tail i drew a triangular shape using the pen tool.

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Step3

Added 3 more ovals to the wing shape

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Step 4

Using the Direct selection tool (A) work on the Beak of the duck.

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Step 5

Select the wing placeholder shapes and using pathfinder join them.

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Step 6

Duck has started to come into shape once i used path finder to join the duck body with the triangular tail shape. Also draw three circles for the eye. You can see below their placement.

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Start filling with colour and a thick black stroke

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Step 7

Using the knife tool cut out at the points as seen below.

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Step 8

Make sure the stroke is now Round Cap just to give the stroke some life.

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Step 9

Here the tail needed some adjustments after using pathfinder , use Direct Selection tool and reshape the tail.

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Step 10

Lets start coloring !

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Create 2 copies of the body part on over another slightly shifted upward , using pathfinder tool subtract from shape area and then click to expand.

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Step 11

Give the subtracted coloring a little bit of opacity to fit nicely.

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Step12

Add shading to the head area in the same way

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Step 13

Add some highlights by adding circle of white fill.

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Step 14

For the background for the duck draw a freehand puddle in blue colour , create a copy and give it a stroke and no fill.

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Step 15

Draw a few circles and give it a bit of gradient fill.

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Step 16

Scatter filled circles in various sizes all around the puddle

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Step 17

Give the outline a stroke access the dashed borders brushes Window>brush library>borders>dashed.

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Step 18

And you are done! Here is a little duck in a waterpool setting !

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