[private]Here is a very very quick and simple tutorial showing you how just using the most basic tools of illustrator you can create a Character in a matter of few minutes. This little guy has been named ” the mummy” and is an exclusive character of the family of Boxterz** characters.
First of all the preview of what we will be creating.
Start off by creating a simple square , using the square shape tool while pressing shift create a perfect square and color it a light blue color.
Next use the mesh tool (U) and create a mesh node anywhere you like and , now using the direct selection tool (A) select the central node and color it a lighter shade.
Learn more about mesh tool
Creating eyes! , draw a black circle and on top of it draw another circle that is white , now using mesh tool create another color point on the white circle , give it a slight blue colour.
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Pretty obvious what i did here , one more black and two more white circles.
Using Pen tool create a smily little mouth
TIP : to join end points select both point and hit CTRL+J
Use rounded rectangle tool and create three teeth side by side.
Using Pen tool(P) draw a gradient filled shape , i start randomly and keeping it a bit rough kept on wrapping up my mummy boxter.
Free hand drawing using pen tool continues.
**Boxterz is a collection of whimsical boxed characters which are my new line of illustrations registered and ready for licensing , for licensing inquiries please contact me .
The Character is registered please do not copy or distribute for commercial usage , all rights reserved.
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[private]This is a step by step visualization of the making of the sugar skull illustration which i did . The steps are pretty explanatory as they walk you through how each step was done . It is more of a visual walk through i will be glad to describe any step if you need help along the way just leave a comment and i will get back.
we will be working our way toward the following illustration
tools used pathfinder
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Tutorial Level :- Basic to advance
Techniques Used :- Live paint & Knife tool
Reference illustration :- Ella At Peace
Create and decide the Artwork you want to work on
Since my aim here is just to share with you the process of coloring i will not be going much further in the details of drawing process but i will just elaborate my drawing a bit. I start by creating a sketch , then keeping it in front of me as a reference i turn to Flash . And start working with basic shapes circles and lines , here is a past tutorial on aivault which will show you how. After i am done i export the lines as illustrator 8 document . After opening it up in illustrator i have a clean crisp line which is exactly what i want. This little girl is part of a digital stamps series that i am creating for Aifactory Crafters community , her name is Ella and she is sitting in a yoga pose here 🙂 .
Choose Color Pallette
After I am done with the drawing I turn to color palette and decide on colors with a set of squares filled up with color tones for reference .
It is a good idea to convert your choice of colors into swatches if you are going to proceed with coloring using live paint.
In order to shift colors to swatches palette select a color and then from the tool bar drag and drop it into the swatches panel.
Coloring using palette
Once you have your color palette ready select your drawing which needs to be colored . you can easily navigate to next color by moving next arrow buttons on your keyboard. Select the color and then the paint bucket and start filling in the colors.
Keep on coloring selecting colors and filling spaces up, what fun!
After you are done filling in the basic flat fills you will now see a bounding box something similar to the one below . The whole drawing is at the moment one object , click on expand button you see on the top bar.
Right click and ungroup , this will break every section apart.
I love using mesh tool in my coloring it is a very handy and useful little shading tool , select a section and after selecting the mesh tool and your desired color click anywhere on the flat shaped area.
Continue with the shading wherever you require , more fun!!
Now i will be using another useful technique to give form to the body of the girl . I chose to start with the face click on the shape area and create and reserve a copy of it.
For her blushing cheeks create a circle with the same fill color as her face color . Select pink color and with mesh tool click anywhere in the middle of this circle.
Make a copy of it and place on both cheeks. simple hun?!
Now with the reserved face shape copy , using the knife tool cut out across the face somewhat like below
Discard the middle section and bring the cutout shape over Ella’s face. Give it a slightly darker tone .
you can further adjust it by reducing the transparency level as well.
Now for the shape and form of the body i will repeat the same step
Another way is just to choose the section , thanks to paint bucket and expand , we can easily select each section and slice it where it is and shade it.
I placed a green circle behind Ella and clicked in the middle while picking up a lighter tone . Below you will see i played with it a bit further and drew a flower on her shirt and clicked a few more times with mesh tool using another tone for hair. And i am done! Ella is all done , sweet and cute , i love her!
Ella is available for download through Aifactory store you can find her HERE
This detailed tutorial will show you how i created the Diamond necklace available to download freely from Aivault through this post. The steps described here will take you through the process of drawing then coloring using very simple steps.
It is not a basic learning tutorial , i expect you to already know drawing tools , basics of drawing , pathfinder tool , live paint and using guides.
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CREATING THE DIAMOND SHAPE
Star-off by creating a circle and we all know how to it by now 🙂
Next we will make use of the guides and star dividing the shape with equally sized straight lines and guide as a reference.
USING GUIDES FOR DIVIDING THE SHAPE
Create a copy of one horizontal and one vertical line , select the rotate tool , while pressing alt create and rotate a copy of both lines as well as the guide lines.
Keeping the intersecting point of the guides and the lines as a reference align a square inside it , similar to the one seen below.
As shown below create a copy like we did with the lines and rotate it .
Now we need more guides placed , now i dont know any other way of creating the angled guides , i never really explored how to do it 🙂 , my process is to first unlock your diagonal and vertical guide select both using select tool , click on the intersecting point hold shift+alt and rotate the copy . Holding Shift will give you a snap to the middle point. hope it is clear below you can see the screen shot while i rotated the guides.
And here i have a copy done again you can do this by hitting CTRL+D which will repeat your last action.
With guides being our reference start drawing lines as shown below these are in pink color so you can see the progress
Now turn off the guides once you are done. select the full divided / drawn circle with lines and square and using the Paint Bucket Tool fill it up with one color.
Ok you might say why not just fill the circle with foreground color change , the technique i used here is to break the full drawing up in sections and i prefer using live color option HOW? see below.
Here the full drawing is selected and then filled up with one single color . the bounding box you see below show that this is a live color object now .
Click on Expand which you will see on the top bar. This will break the full drawing into devided section making it easy for us to color each. Before doing that left click and ungroup.
Fill it up with gradience as show below
Create a star shape , i will not go into detail on how i did this one in short select the star shape tool with 6 points. create a copy place above and give a slightly tinted color.
CREATING THE BACKGROUND
I created a black bounding box now and had sent it to back so i can better develop the final image. create a circle , and go to object>path offset path to create a bit smaller circle placed inside this one.
Using live Paint fill it up with gradient Create a copy and align in the middle
Group the diamond shape that we created above and start placing it inside the RING that we created.
Give a gradient to the rings as show below.
I created another ring silightly broader to place at the back of this whole drawing. ( create one , offset and use pathfinder to intersect You may want to learn the tools if you dont know then See the Guide here )
Again take a copy of this broader circle and place at the top , and draw an oval shape filled with same gradient.
CREATING THE CHAIN
Start building the chain with the copy of the same thing
And Finally the whole thing is complete give a finishing touch by using copy of the SHINE we create using star shape and place it on top
Create more copies and give a bit of transparencies.
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