Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite to eat or just want a new design to add to your repertoire, why not try this quick and easy cartoon sandwich design? As long as you’ve got a few minutes to spare, it’s simple to whip up this fresh little friend in no time at all.
For supplies, you’ll need a blank sheet of paper, a pencil or fine-point marker for sketching, a thicker black marker for outlining, and crayons, pencils, or markers for coloring in the finished product. Once you’ve got those basic supplies, you’ll be ready to begin!
Start with a single curved line in a half-circle shape. This will serve as the base for your top piece of bread and, by extension, for the rest of the sandwich!
Close off the half circle. Your bottom line should have a downwards dip in the middle, but keep it slight. The curve will give the impression of a round bread piece.
Start to add in your lettuce! Add a series of overlapping lines, like frills, but keep the overall outline mostly confined to one wavy line that starts on the left side.
Add a slice of cheese. Draw a triangle shape that juts out from beneath the bun and intersects the pieces of lettuce. Keep the corner of the triangle just slightly rounded.
Finish the lettuce. Pick up the line of the lettuce pieces where you left off and extend them across the rest of the top bun in order to flesh out the sandwich.
Add in your tomato. Technically, the two nested rings are only the rind of your tomato, but they’ll give you a solid starting point for when you fill in the details.
Add the seeds. The number of seeds can vary based on your preference, but two or three teardrop shapes will fill the space in and give you a nice, juicy tomato!
Start to add the arms. Add two sharply curving lines, one inside the other. In order to get that old-timey cartoon look, make the arms a little bit longer and thinner.
Add two more curved lines at the end of the arm and then connect them. This is going to be the rolled cuff of the glove that our sandwich is wearing!
Draw in the thumb. Feel free to make the digits of the hand a little bit rounder than you would on a regular drawing to give your sandwich a bouncier look.
Draw the rest of the hand! Your sandwich’s hand is closed into a fist, which saves you from having to draw out the individual fingers and leaves you with this rounded shape.
Add in a line that intersects the thumb. This helps give definition to the hand and gives the viewer a firm idea of where the palm stops and the thumb starts!
Sketch in some details on the back of the hand. The short lines on the back of your sandwich’s gloves are a staple in cartoon design, from Bugs Bunny to Mickey Mouse.
Add the burger patty! Draw a frilled sort of line that starts just inside the line created by the lettuce, since your patty should be slightly smaller than the lettuce’s fan.
Give your burger patty a little bit of extra detailing. By adding in a series of short, curving lines, you can give the patty a lot more depth and overall texture.
Start to draw the other arm! The second arm should bend in the opposite direction from the first arm, curving out and upwards, instead of curling down to point at the ground.
Fill in the lower definition of the arm. Again, you can keep the arms looking a little bit noodle-y in order to capture more of that old-time cartoony feeling for your sandwich.
Start to draw the second hand. Because the palm of this hand is facing the viewer, it’s going to look a little more complicated, and this starts with drawing the whole thumb.
Add in the other fingers. Like all good cartoon designs, this burger only has three fingers on each hand (four, including the thumb), curled into a fist and hidden behind the thumb.
Draw in two more lines, one at the base of the palm and one jutting down from between the fingers. This will give your sandwich’s hand a rounded-out, more realistic look!
Start to draw in the bottom bun. Add a downwards curving line below the patty and the lettuce, and don’t worry about making it match up perfectly with the top bun!
Extend the line all the way across, behind the hand and up again to connect to the underside of the patty. Leave the bottom of the bun looking a little flat.
Draw a curving horizontal line for the sandwich’s first leg. Feel free to exaggerate the lean of it in order to give your sandwich a more dynamic pose while stepping out!
Add the foot. Again, because this is drawn in a cartoonish style, you don’t have to worry about getting the exact shape down. A slightly flattened oval shape should work perfectly.
Add in the second leg. This leg is going to swing behind the first leg, so try to match the lines that disappear on either side as closely as you can.
Add the back foot. This foot is a little more complicated, because it’s bending, but it should still end in a similar shape as the first foot, with a flattened oval.
Fill in the rest of the back leg. Depending on where your sandwich’s back leg intersects the bun, you may not have to draw in the upper part of the leg.
Round out the sole of the back foot. Again, don’t worry about making it match up perfectly with the front foot, but try to keep the general size and shape the same.
Finish the foot by closing off the rest of the shape. Leave the front part of the foot with a straight line to show where the foot presses against the ground.
Give your sandwich a nose! We’ve given our sandwich a long, thin kind of nose, but play around with the different shapes to find whatever type of nose you like best!
Add the first eye. As a general rule, the eyes should both connect to the nose in some way in order to give the compressed, scrunched-up face that most cartoons sport.
Color the eye in. Leave a little triangle on the right side to serve as a highlight, but fill the rest of the eye shape in with a fully opaque color.
Draw the other eye! Try to keep the same general shape as the first eye and color it in, still leaving a little triangle-shaped cutout in the upper right corner.
Draw a horizontal curved line that kind of looks like a closed parentheses mark. This will give your sandwich a friendly, rounded face and provide an anchoring point for the mouth.
Add the top line of the mouth. If possible, angle the mouth up a little bit so that you’ll have room to fill in the rest of the smile beneath it.
Add the lower curve of the mouth and connect the two parts with a mostly straight line. The overall result should be a cheerful, open-mouthed smile for your sandwich to flash around.
If you like, you can stop at the previous step, but we prefer to give our sandwich’s face an even friendlier smile, adding in two curved lines to show an open mouth.
Add the seeds. Just like with the tomato, simple teardrop shapes should do the trick, but be sure to space them out so that your sandwich doesn’t look like they’re sweating.
Go over your sandwich with a thicker marker. If you’ve been using a pencil up until this point, clear away any unnecessary lines and then outline the sandwich in black ink.
Start to color in your sandwich by shading in the lower left corners of the bun in a brown that’s slightly darker than the color you’re going to use for the rest.
Fill in the rest of the bun. Leave the seeds mostly white, and avoid the mouth for now. If you want, color around the triangle cutouts in the eyes for extra sparkle!
Color in the tomato and the mouth. Just like with the sesame seeds on the top of the bun, you’re going to want to leave the seeds in the tomato mostly white for now.
Add some pink to the inside of your sandwich’s mouth. You can also use the same color to touch up the seeds on the tomato so that they don’t blend in.
Color the lettuce! Use a bright green color for iceberg lettuce or a darker green color for romaine or spring green mixes! Either way, color darker around the edges for some shading.
Color in the cheese. If you want, you can leave highlights on the edges and corners of your slice of cheese. Otherwise, punch it up with a little bit of yellow!
Add some shading. Using slightly darker tones of green and orange, trace the line where the lettuce and the cheese intersect with the bun in order to give them a shadow.
Color in the burger patty! Use a mix of reds and browns in order to give your burger that rich, juicy appearance, and add a little bit of shading around the lines.
Color in the arms. Glance over your finished design one more time. If you’re satisfied with the results, then you’ve got yourself a friendly little sandwich for the road!