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Andrei Marius On September - 2 - 2010

Hi there. In the next tutorial you can learn to create a funny singing pig. I will also show you how to create a simple bow tie and some musical notes. This is a pretty large tutorial that covers a lot of techniques and effects. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Number of Steps: 26


This is what you’ll be creating:

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Step 01

Create a 700 by 700px document. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 460x460px shape. Select this circle, add the Arc effect (Effect > Warp > Arc) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with R=255 G=219 B=197 then add the Inner Glow effect. This will be the head shape.

Step 02

Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 200x110px shape. Fill it with the linear gradient then place it as shown in the first image. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 60x30px shape and duplicate it. Fill them both with R=255 G=178 B=138 then place them like in the second image. Select the left oval shape and make two copies. Select the top copy and move it 5px down and 5px to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=255 G=155 B=98. Repeat the same technique for the right oval shape.

Step 03

Let’s continue with the eyes. Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create two shape 200px tall and 90px wide. Place them like in image #1 then Unite them. Select the resulting shape and send it in the back of the nose. Fill it with white and add a 15px aligned to outside stroke (R=255 G=209 B=185). Create two copies of this shape. Select the top copy and move it 3px down and 3px to the left. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shapes and fill them with R=255 G=181 B=142 (no stroke). Create another two copies of the white shape. Select the top copy and move it 3px down and 3px to the right. Once again, reselect these two copies and click on the Minus Front button. Fill the resulting shapes with R=255 G=181 B=142 (no stroke).

Step 04

Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create two shape 70px tall and 40px wide. Make them black. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L) and create two shape 20px tall and 10px wide. Make them white. Place these shapes as shown in the following images.

Step 05

Let’s continue with the mouth. Grab the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 90x195px shape. Add the Bulge effect (Effect > Warp > Bulge) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape, place it like in image #2 and send it in the back of the nose. Next, fill it with R=255 G=178 B=138 and add a 13px, white, aligned to outside stroke. Select this stroke from the Appearance panel and lower its opacity to 20%.

Step 06

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 15x55px shape. Add the Arc effect and the Fish effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with R=255 G=156 B=97. This would be the uvula.

Step 07

Duplicate the shape of the mouth (made in step #5). Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a shape like the red one shown in image #1. Select it along with the copy of the mouth and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Grab the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the top anchor point (highlighted in image #2) and move it a few pixels down. Reselect the Direct Selection Tool(A), hold Alt and move the Handles (highlighted in image #3) in the direction pointed by the arrows. In the end, the tongue shape should look like in image #4. Fill it with R=255 G=156 B=97.

Step 08

Now, let’s add some small details. Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 90x15px shape and place it as shown in image #1. Fill it with white, add a 10px Gaussian Blur effect and lower its opacity to 50%. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create two shape 80px tall and 80px wide then place them like in image #2. Fill them with white, add a 25px Gaussian Blur effect and lower their opacity to 70%. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 300x10px shape and place it as shown in image #3. Add the Arc effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with R=255 G=179 B=138 and add a 10px Gaussian Blur effect. Once again, select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 200x120px shape. Select this shape then move it between the nose and the mouth shapes (in the Layers panel). Fill it with R=255 G=155 B=98, add a 20px Gaussian Blur effect, lower its opacity to 50% then change the blending mode to Multiply.

Step 09

Let’s continue with the ears. Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 105x150px shape. Add the Shell Upper effect and the Arc effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate the resulting shape. Select this copy, hold Shift and Alt then resize it as shown in image #2. Reselect both shapes and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter a -45° Angle and click OK. Finally, add the Arc Lower effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 10

Select the shapes made in the previous step, send them to back then place them as shown in the following images. Select the bigger shape and fill it with the linear gradient then select the smaller shape and fill it with R=255 G=211 B=186. Duplicate these two shapes, flip them horizontally then move them to the left.

Step 11

In the next steps, we’ll create the hair. Create two copies of the head shape. Select the top copy and move it 10px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Pick the Direct Selection Tool(A), select the anchor point highlighted in image #2 and move it a few pixels down. Use the Direct Selection Tool(A) to move the Handles in the direction pointed by the arrows in image #3. In the end the shape should look like in image #4.

Step 12

Now you need to simplify the shape made in the previous step. Select the Pen Tool(P) and create the red shapes zoomed in image #1. Select them along with the shape made in the previous step and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=96 G=56 B=19.

Step 13

Grab the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a shape like the one shown in image #1. Pick the Convert Anchor Popint Tool (Shift + C) and click on the Anchor point highlighted in image #1. Now, you’re shape should look like in image #2. Select it, add the Arc effect and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape and make two new copies. Resize these three shapes, and place them as shown in the final image.

Step 14

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a squeezed shape (image #1). Add the Arc effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shape and make three new copies. Resize these shapes and place them as shown in the third image. Finally, select these shapes along with the shapes created in steps #12 and #13 and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. This will be the final hair shape.

Step 15

Select the shapes made in the previous step, fill it with R=96 G=56 B=19 then add the Inner Glow effect. Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create three random shape (image #2) and group them (Ctrl + G). Select this group, add the Arc effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select the resulting shapes and place them like in image #4. Fill them with white and lower their opacity to 5%. Create two copies of the hair shape. Select the bottom copy and move it 5px down. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shapes with R=66 G=33 B=11.

Step 16

Next, we’ll create a nice bow tie. Once again, select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a 165×165 shape. Add the Pucker&Bloat effect (Effect > Distort&Transform > Pucker&Bloat) and the Zig Zag effect (Effect > Distort&Transform > Zig Zag) then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Fill the resulting shape with the radial gradient then add the Inner Glow effect.

Step 17

Pick the Ellipse Tool(L), create a 45x45px shape and place like I did in the image below. Fill it with R=89 G=156 B=231 then add the Bulge and the Inner Glow effects.

Step 18

Select the Ellipse Tool(L) then create three shapes 10px tall and 150px wide. Pick the Convert Anchor Popint Tool (Shift + C) and click on the Anchor point highlighted in image #1. Select the resulting shapes and group them (Ctrl + G). Select this group, add the Arc Lower and the Shell Lower effects then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate the resulting shapes and flip them horizontally. Place all these shapes as shown in image #4. Make them black then lower their opacity to 20%. Reselect the Ellipse Tool, create a small circle and place it like in the final image. Fill it with the linear gradient then lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 19

Take a look at the shapes created so far.

Step 20

Let’s add some discrete details for the ears. Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create three squeezed shapes. Pick the Convert Anchor Popint Tool (Shift + C) and click on the highlighted Anchor point. Group the resulting shapes, add the Arc effect then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate the resulting shape then rotate and place them as shown in the final image. Send them in the back of the head shape, fill them with R=140 G=98 B=57 then lower their opacity to 10%.

Step 21

For the background use the Rectangle Tool(M). Create a 700x700px shape,send it to back and fill it with the first radial gradient. Add a new fill (from the flyout menu of the Appearance panel) for this shape and use the second radial gradient. Take a closer look at the gradient. The yellow text stands for slider Opacity and the white text stands for Location. Lock this shape. This way you won’t select/move it accidentally.

Step 22

Duplicate all the shapes created so far (except the background). Select these copies and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, fill it with none and add a 15pt aligned to outside stroke. Select this stroke from the Appearance panel and lower its opacity to 20%.

Step 23

Finally, because we’re deling with a singing pig, we’ll create some simple musical notes. First, turn on the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). Next, you’ll need a grid every 5px. Go to Edit > Preferences > Guides&Grids, enter “5” in the “Gridline every” box and “1” in the “Subdivisions” box. These options will considerably increase your work speed. Use the Rectangle Tool(M) and the Ellipse Tool(L) to create the shapes shown in the first image. Take a closer look at the Grid if you want to use the same dimensions. Unite them then select the resulting shape and fill it with black. Duplicate this shape then create a shape like the red one shown in the second image. Select these two shapes then click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient then lower its opacity to 30%. Turn off the Snap to Grid. Reselect the Ellipse Tool(L), create a simple shape, place it in the bottom of the note then fill it with the same linear gradient.

Step 24

Turn on the Snap to Grid. Select the Ellipse Tool(L) and create a shape like the one shown in image #1. Pick the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) and click on the highlighted Anchor points. Select this shape, add the Arc and the Flag effects then go to Object > Expand Appearance. Duplicate the note made in the previous step. Rotate the curly shape then select it along with the copy and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Duplicate the resulting shape then select the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the red one shown in image #5. Select these two shapes and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient then lower its opacity to 30%. Finally, turn off the Snap to Grid and add the small circle in the bottom of the note.

Step 25

Turn on the Snap to Grid. Select the shape made in step #23, make two copies and place them like in image #1. Grab the Rectangle Tool(M), create two horizontal shapes and unite them with the two copies. Duplicate the resulting shape. Pick the Pen Tool(P) and create a shape like the red one shown in image #2. Select it along with the black copy and click on the Intersect button from the Pathfinder panel. Select the resulting shape, fill it with the linear gradient and lower its opacity to 20%. Finally, turn off the Snap to Grid and add the small circle in the bottom of the note.

Step 26

Finally, you can add the musical notes. You can leave them black or you can fill them with some flat color.

Final

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

Categories: Characters

8 Responses

  1. Herbug says:

    LOL that’s great!

  2. woodyman says:

    very cute, good job

  3. Cool illustrator tutorial. Well explained and easy to understand. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial. :)

  4. mandakadam says:

    I am beginner for illustrator, and this tutorial is very helpful for me to learn. Thank you.

  5. Very cool pig. Love to kiss it :>

  6. el-barairy ibrahim says:

    great job

  7. sadhu says:

    very cute job….. congrats…!!!

  8. Nguyen Best says:

    Nice article, hope more tutorial about create animal picture :)

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