Illustrator tutorial: Give personality to character art

You'll need a scanner and a graphics tablet to do this tutorial but with a splash of imagination and a pinch of creativity you can cook up your very own delicious characters

1_DA_tut_final_image_copy

What’s tastier than an iced doughnut with sprinkles? A whole plate of yummy cakes, that’s what. If you’re looking to create a series of characters based on a theme, what better one to sample than one of Aaron Miller’s delightful confections?

You’ll learn how to create the characters from scratch, including the thought processes and sketching help, as well as developing your own ideas. You’ll also learn some creative techniques in Illustrator to help give your characters some distinguishing attributes, as well as gaining new confidence with its much-feared Pen tool and the Pathfinder palette to create shapes.

You'll need a scanner and a graphics tablet to do this tutorial but with a splash of imagination and a pinch of creativity you can cook up your very own delicious characters.

You also might just need to put a padlock on your biscuit tin for a while…

2_DA_tut_final_image_copy

Step 1 First, decide on a theme for your characters; it can be as simple or as unusual as you like. Most characters benefit from having a history and a personality, so name your character and think about its lifestyle. For example, the character I have drawn here is called Mr Sprinkles. Scan in your sketch at 300dpi and place it in a new Illustrator document (File > Place). Dim the image to 50% and lock this layer.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags adobe illustrator

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Aaron Miller

Digital Arts Magazine
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?