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Andrei Marius On December - 10 - 2010

Hi again. Now that you completed part one you can proceed to the second one. This one it’s a bit more complex. You will start with the face and the hair then you will continue with the legs and the boots. Finally, using simple ellipses, roughen effect and pathfinder options you will create some snow.

Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
Number of Steps: 23

Step 27

Let’s continue with part 2. Enable the Grid and the Snap to Grid then pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 50 by 95px shape. Continue with the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 70 by 80px shape and place it as shown in the second image. Select both ellipses and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=233 G=36 B=42 then duplicate it. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a shape like the one shown in the fourth image. Select it along with the copy of the red shape and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=158 G=29 B=34. Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Make another two copies of the red shape. Select the top copy and move it 10px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with white. Select these three shapes and group them (Ctrl+G). This will be the mouth.

Step 28

First, select the mouth group and place it as shown in the following image. Now, pick the Ellipse Tool(L). Create a 40 by 5px shape, fill it with R=147 G=120 B=104 and place it as shown below. This will be the nose. Continue with the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 5 by 5px shape and fill it with R=217 G=185 B=164. Make two copies of this shape and move them around the original shape. Group these tiny shapes then use the Reflect effect to create horizontally flipped group copy. Finally, place these two groups as shown in the following image. This will be the freckles.

Step 29

Reenable the Grid and the Snap to Grid then pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 70 by 65px shape. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the bottom anchor point and move it 5px up. Fill the resulting shape with white and add the Inner Glow effect (Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow) shown below. Duplicate this shape then reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 95 by 65px shape and place it as shown in the third image. Select this new shape along with the copy and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, remove the Inner Glow effect (from the Appearance panel), fill it with R=208 G=173 B=149 then add a second fill and use the linear gradient shown in the final image.

Step 30

Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) create a 30 by 30px shape, fill it with R=199 G=233 B=246 and place it as shown in the first image. Next, create a 17 by 17px shape, fill it with R=35 G=31 B=32 and place it as shown in the second image. Create two more shapes, one 8 by 8px and the other 5 by 5px, fill them with white and place them as shown in the final image.

Step 31

Select the shapes made in the previous two steps and group them (Ctrl+G). Place it as shown in the following image then go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Check the Vertical button then click on the Copy button. You will get a horizontally flipped group copy (image #2). Select this group copy and move it to the left as shown in the final image.

Step 32

Duplicate the head shape then pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the one shown in the first image. Select it along with the copy of the head shape and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=190 G=148 B=104 then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the data shown in the following image then click OK.

Step 33

Select the shape made in the previous step and make two copies. Move the top copy 1px to the left then select both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. You’ll get a group of thin shapes. Fill them with R=147 G=120 B=104, remove the Drop Shadow effect for each of these shapes then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px Radius and click OK. Next, you need to mask a part of these shapes. Make a new copy of the hair shape. Fill it with white and move it above the group of thin shapes (in the Layers panel). Finally, select the shape and the group, open the flyout menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask.

Step 34

Reselect the hair shape then use the Reflect effect to create a horizontally flipped copy. Reenable the Snap to Grid. Select this copy, place it as shown in the final image then go to the Appearance panel. Open the Drop Shadow effect, and make some changes in the Opacity and X Offset boxes.

Step 35

Select the shape made in the previous step and make two copies. Move the top copy 1px to the left then select both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Again, you’ll get a group of thin shapes. Fill them with R=147 G=120 B=104, remove the Drop Shadow effect for each of these shapes then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px Radius and click OK. Once again, you need to mask a part of these shapes. Make a new copy of the left hair shape. Fill it with white and move it above the group of thin shapes (in the Layers panel). Finally, select the shape and the group, open the fly-out menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask.

Step 36

Pick the Pen Tool(P), create a shape like the one shown in the following image, fill it with R=190 G=148 B=104 and add the Drop Shadow effect. Make two copies of this shape. Select the top copy and move it 1px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shapes with R=147 G=120 B=104, remove the Drop Shadow effect for each of these shapes then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px Radius and click OK. Finally, mask this blurred shapes.

Step 37

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 50 by 50px shape. Place it as shown on the first image and fill it with R=250 G=178 B=28. Add a second fill for this shape and use the linear gradient shown in the second image. Reselect the entire path, and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Zig Zag. Enter the data shown below the final image and click OK.

Step 38

Reenable the Grid and the Snap to Grid. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 90 by 150px shape and place it as shown in the following image. Disable the Grid and the Snap to Grid then select the Pen Tool(P) and create the boot shape as shown in the second image. Duplicate it. Select the copy along with the ellipse and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=19 G=91 B=47 then add a second fill and use the linear gradient shown in the final image. Fill the boot shape with R=37 G=20 B=14.

Step 39

Duplicate the green shape made in the previous step. Select this copy and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter a “15px” Offset and click OK. Move the resulting shape 25px up then select it along with the copy and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel.

Step 40

Fill the resulting shape with R=250 G=178 B=28 then add two new fills and use the linear gradients shown below.

Step 41

Make two copies of the boot shape. Select the top copy and move it 2px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=7 G=9 B=9. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 25 by 10px shape and place it as shown in the third image. Fill it with R=217 G=185 B=164, lower its opacity to 30% then add a 7px Gaussian Blur effect. Select these two shapes along with the ones made in the previous three steps and group them (Ctrl + G). Select this group and use the reflect effect to create a horizontally flipped group copy. Select this copy, move it to the left and place it as shown in the final image.

Step 42

Finally let’s add some snow. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create some random ellipses, rotate them and place them as shown in the following image. Select all these shapes and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Roughen. Enter the data shown below, click OK and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 43

Select the top resulting shapes and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill all three shapes with white and add the Inner Glow effect sown below. Now, select each shape separately and add the Drop Shadow effects shown below.

Step 44

Now, let’s focus on the left shape. Make two copies. Select the top one and move it 3px to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, remove the Inner Glow and the Drop Shadow effects then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px Radius and click OK. Make a new copy of the entire left shape. Bring it to front and fill it with white. Now, select it along with the blurred shape, open the fly-out menu of the Transparency panel and click on Make Opacity Mask. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a small shape (as shown in the final image), fill it with white and lower its opacity to 30%.

Step 45

Continue with the right shape. Make two copies. Select the top one and move it 1px up and to the right. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, remove the Inner Glow and the Drop Shadow effects then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px Radius and click OK. Mask this blurred shape then pick the Ellipse Tool(L). Create some small shapes and place them as shown in the final image. Fill them with white and lower their opacity to 40%.

Step 46

Move to the top shape. Make two copies. Select the top one and move it 3px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, remove the Inner Glow and the Drop Shadow effects then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 2px Radius and click OK. Mask this blurred shape then pick the Ellipse Tool(L). Create some small shapes and place them as shown in the final image. Fill them with white and lower their opacity to 40%.

Step 47

Once again, select the Ellipse Tool(L). First, create two small circles and place them as shown in the first image. Fill them both with R=103 G=121 B=128, lower their opacity to 60% then add a 7px gaussian blur effect. Finally, create a larger shape and place it as shown in the second image. Fill it with R=155 G=182 B=192, lower its opacity to 80% then add a 20px gaussian blur effect. Select these three shapes and move them in the bottom of the Layers panel.

Final

Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like.

Categories: Characters

4 Responses

  1. save says:

    wow that’s cool

  2. JPop says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :D

  3. nourhan says:

    very nice … hand for u

  4. agnesia cindy says:

    very cool tutorial..

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