Are you ready to learn how to draw a devil? I hope so! Because this can be quite a frightening lesson to follow! Seriously, let me show you how to illustrate a fun and adorable cartoon devil in just a few steps using simple shapes, lines and colors.
The devil. The most feared character in famous movies, books and novels. No one knows for sure if the devil is real or not, but this is one fascinating creature that's been around for centuries. Fortunately, you don't need to be a believer to follow this tutorial and learn how to create this character.
In this lesson, you will start by learning how to create the character using a few basic steps. Then, I will show you a few variations of the character filled with less and more details.
Ready to draw? Cool! However, before proceeding with this lesson, let's see what makes this cartoon devil so special and what are the elements that you must be aware of.
Do you feel more confident about this lesson on how to draw a devil now that we have reviewed this illustration? Great! Let's start with the simple step-by-step tutorial.
Let's begin with the creation of a template to help us illustrate this cartoon devil. First, draw a large circular shape to form the head. Then, draw two rectangles to create the body and the hips. The arms are done using several small oval shapes. The legs are represented by rectangles and circles. Finally, draw a long curved line to form the tail.
It's time to sketch several small curved lines to create the creature. Notice the fact that the top of the head is flat, that the legs are broken in the middle and that the arms are big and muscular. You can also draw the hands and the fingers as shown below. Now that the character is partially drawn, you can remove all orange shapes added earlier.
It's impossible to learn how to draw a devil without creating a long and dangerous pitchfork. This one is made from several curved lines. On top of the head, draw two large horns made from triangles. The ears are tiny and pointed while the beard is large and thick. You can also draw two small lines on the bottom of the illustration to separate the hooves from the legs.
Inside the head, draw two eyes and pupils using curved lines. Large eyebrows are also added above the eyes. The nose is made from a single line that is curved on the bottom. Complete this fourth step by sketching the mouth and the teeth.
Inside the right ear, draw a small line. You can also draw more lines inside the body and arms to show some muscles. Then, you can draw nails on all fingers that are visible. Excellent! This lesson on how to draw a devil is almost finished (as least the drawing part!).
Still wondering which color you should choose to fill in the character? Yes, this marvelous creature is filled with a bright red color. The pupils can be yellow while the eyes, the teeth and the nails are white. The horns, the beard, the hooves and the pitchfork are all grey. The legs and the hips are brown.
Now that we know how to draw a devil using simple elements, let's see how adding (or removing) details to this illustration can affect the character. Why? Because it's a dilemma that artists must deal with constantly. What is the level of details required to create a good illustration? When should I stop adding textures, lines and details?
Of course, it also depends on what you are looking for. If you are simply working on icons or logos, then the level of details required will be quite low. If you want to illustrate a realistic devil, then several lines will be needed just to draw a simple ear ...
In the original drawing, our cartoon devil had a few lines on the arms, the chest and the ears. In the example below, all these lines were removed to create a clean and flat version of the character. This image would be a good fit for a logo!
In this second illustration, all original details are back. Some lines were also added below the eyes, on the forehead, below the mouth, on the arms and on the tail. The character already looks slightly more expressive. Do you see the difference?
For the last example before the conclusion of this lesson on how to draw a devil, I have added several lines all over the image to create texture. Simply look at the horns, the legs, the shoulders and the beard to see the difference. Once again, the creature looks more intense, more expressive and more alive!
Small details are important when creating a cartoon character. You can put emphasis on areas that you feel more important by sketching only a few additional lines. On the other hand, the absence of lines or textures can help you end up with beautiful icons, logos and clipart illustrations.
So how many lines are enough when illustrating a character? It's up to you to decide! Make some tests, try a few things and see for yourself. :)