So many of you have requested a contest so I couldn't refuse! It's time to focus all your cartooning energy into creating the best ever in the history of the universe lion drawing!
Here are the rules to get started:
1.) All drawings must be original work from your own creative mind
2.) All entries must be sent as a .jpg (picture) file to firstname.lastname@example.org OR tagged with the hashtag #doodlekat1lioncontest
3.) All entries must include the artist's first name, age, and youtube or instagram username (optional)
4.) Lion sketches must be drawn in black marker or pen without color
5.) Drawings can be sent no later than March 21st, 2014
Pretty simple! Now here's the prizes:
- The .jpg of the winning drawing will be featured on this blog announcing it's awesomeness
- The .jpg of the winning drawing will be featured on the official Doodlekat1 instagram announcing it's awesomeness
- An official Doodlekat1 Youtube tutorial will be created out of the winning drawing
- The winner's first name and Youtube username will be given credit in the description and in the video
- The winner will get to collaborate with me in choosing an animal for the next contest! (Oh yes, there will be more! :)
Alright, so now if your all set, you can go ahead and get started! If you're stuck however, here are a few quick tips that I use when coming up with a new character:
Exaggerate Features. Every animal has something unique about them that makes them cute, creepy, funny interesting, or unique! For example, an elephant has huge ears and a trunk that you rarely see on animals that size! Now for drawing an elephant, we can exaggerate these main features to bring all of the focus to them, making the drawing really recognizable as an elephant.
One way you can do that is by making those features bigger than in real life (for example: googly eyes, huge teeth, etc.) However, if this doesn't work for every single animal, you can instead add details to these features instead. Maybe it's by drawing textures, making shine marks, filling in certain shapes, whatever works best! Whatever you do, make sure that you spend the most effort on what makes the animal unique! It'll make your cartoon unique as well!
Break it Down Into Shapes. If you get stuck trying to draw the body in one single line, try breaking it down into basic shapes and drawing them overlapping and connecting to each other. For example, it'd be difficult to draw a cat's body outline all at once without lifting a pen. It's a lot easier to see that the legs are skinny rectangles, the body is an oval, the tail is a wiggly line, the face is a circle, the nose and ears are triangles, and the everything else is just simple lines to make details like claws and whiskers! Once you have it all mapped out, it'll be so much easier to just add the pieces on one by one.
Draw in Pencil First. Especially when I'm inventing something new, I love to use pencil to erase what I don't like and keep what I do. It lets me make progress without having to start over all the time. If you're creating a lion, try sketching out a few ideas first, then make adjustments and swap out the details you don't like. Or combine two or more ideas to create one awesome idea! After you've got a drawing you're happy with you can grab a new sheet of paper and draw it again in marker. (This usually takes a few practice tries, don't get discouraged if you have do a few marker drawings to duplicate it well!)
Let me know how you plan on drawing your lion and if the drawing tips helped you or not! I'm so excited to see what you guys come up with.
It's CONTEST TIME :D
xo Doodlekat1 xo