Cartoon Pizza Drawing in 4 Steps With Photoshop

A popular food around the world, a cartoon pizza drawing can look very different depending on the ingredients used in that culture. To keep it visual interesting, try to go beyond a simple cheese pizza and strive for toppings that give the pizza a more tasty appeal.

What types of toppings would look delicious? A good combinations of greens, yellows, whites, and reds are great visual choices because these colors are complimentary to one another. Ingredients that like red peppers, cilantro, mushrooms, etc. reflect these combinations.

What about size? Typically, a pizza is sliced into even numbers like four, six, eight, ten, and twelve. Along with the thickness of the crust, all these different sizes just suggest the serving. How big will the cartoon pizza drawing be?

Once the toppings and amount of slices have been decided on, it is time to move onto the main skeleton of the cartoon pizza drawing. As usual, start up a new layer in Photoshop. The initial tool used will be the elliptical marquee.

Sketching the cartoon pizza drawing

It's easiest to draw the cartoon pizza drawing on a square canvas. Hold on to the 'shift' key to keep the ellipse to a perfect circle. Set the cursor to one corner of the canvas and then drag it to the bottom to create an outline. Then, go to Edit > Stroke to draw in the circle.

The next thing to draw is the outline of the crust. This is easy enough. Just duplicate the original circle onto a new layer and then shrink it down to about 10 or 20 percent. Obviously, a larger pizza will have a thinner crust.

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Once that is done, create the slices. On a different layer, hold on to the 'shift' key again to draw a perfectly straight horizontal line across the circles. In order to generate the correct amount of slices, copy the line and then rotate it. A 30 degree rotation will give six slices while a 45 degree rotation will give 8 slices.

Repeat this step two or three times to fill in the circles with the proper amount of slices. Finally, merge everything together and then do a horizontal squish. This will give the pizza a neat perspective instead of looking right on top of it.

Cleaning up the cartoon pizza drawing

Go ahead a fade out the finished skeleton. It is only needed as a guideline to place the slices. Start up a new layer and begin sketching out some of the toppings. How many toppings and how much is dependent on the artist.

Some general shapes is good enough for the simple gesture sketch. The key here is to think about arrangement. Are the toppings arranged symmetrically or is it completely random? Let the toppings come alive on its own.

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When done, go ahead and refine the sketch into recognizable toppings based on the arrangement found on the gesture sketch. Basically, the exercise here is to create a cartoon line drawing. Just use the eraser , pen tool, or the airbrush as needed for this step.

As mentioned before, try to give it a variety of toppings. Mushrooms, peppers, meat bits, and even vegetables will give a very visually balanced pizza. When done, move on to the next step of coloring the cartoon pizza drawing.

Coloring the cartoon pizza drawing

This is the part that may require several layers to finish depending on the comfort level as well as the different types of toppings. The first step is to separate and identify which colors to use and on what amount to be used.

Right off the bat, the drawing requires a light shade of brown, a light yellow for the mushrooms, red for the peppers, grey or black for the olives, and green for the cilantro bits. Visualize how these colors will appear as layers for organizational purposes.

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The easiest part is the crust. Just fill it completely, on a new layer underneath the line drawing, with a light brown color. Try to keep the colors within the confines of the line drawing. When this is done, move onto the next layer.

Fill in the cheese or pizza sauce section with a yellow or orange color. This can be done on a new layer or on the same crust layer. Just be mindful that it doesn't cover over the crust color. Continue on with the rest of the colors until all the toppings are colored.

Shading the cartoon pizza drawing

The biggest advantage of having the topping colors on different layers is the ability to lock it down for coloring purposes. Any details that require very fine tuning of light for shading purposes benefit from having the layers locked down to prevent spilling of color.

For instance, there is no need to worry about the red pepper textures spilling over to the cheese, olive, or cilantro outlines. It is perfectly contained in the layer that is designed specifically for all the reds once the layer's shape is locked.

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It's extremely helpful for working on the crust. When a pizza is baked, there is always uneven areas of color. Darker browns show places that are more burned. Likewise, the cheese area will have multiple colors of yellow and orange.

Having the cheese layer underneath the main toppings will allow the artist to add on spots of colors without worrying about the topping colors since it's separated on different layers. Anyway, repeat as necessary, with detailing, to add just amount of details to all the toppings.

Just like how it comes out fresh from the oven; the heat will make the pizza seem more bright than normal. Therefore, creating contrast is cool option for giving the cartoon pizza drawing a freshly baked visual. There are many ways to do this. A contrast adjustment layer is the quickest way.

Alternatively, going to Image > Adjustments > Contrast does the same thing. The major different is that adjustment layers are more versatile in that it can apply itself to multiple layers whereas the latter option works only on a single layer. Now that the drawing is done, I feel hungry!