In this weeks tutorial I will show you how to use Adobe Illustrator to take your hand drawn sketch to a fully scalable finished product.
To begin scan your image into your PC, or you can use this one for tutorial purposes.
Now that you have the image downloaded and saved to your machine start Adobe illustrator. Open a new document 850×850. Then go to File > Place > and select the image you just downloaded. Next double click the layer and set it to template. This will lock the image in place and dim it 50%.
Then select your pen tool and let’s start giving her some life. These steps will seem sporadic and but it will cut down on object arranging. Start by tracing the inner part of the right hand side ribbon. Set the stroke to 0.25 pt and the color to #CC1C68. Then add a gradient fill starting with color #F38DBA and ending in #F17BB0.
Next we will create the first section of the right pigtail. As a side not as you create objects make it a point to extend object a littler further then they need to be, this will ensure you don’t have to adjust elements in the end. Once you have the first object of the pigtail created we can add the stroke and fill. Set the stroke to 0.75 pt and the color to #F7931E. Then add a gradient fill starting with color #FCBD85 and ending in #FBB040.
Using the same stroke and fill create the second section of the right pigtail.
Then the third.
Now jump down to the legs. Trace out the left leg and slightly overlap the dress and the boot. Set the fill to #E7C197, and the stroke to .5pt in the color #603913.
Follow the same steps on the right leg.
Next we are going to emulate a drop shadow on the leg from the dress and the the imagined lighting source. You will have to use your imagination for this part. The set the fill color to #A97C50 and the opacity to 20%.
Do the same with the right leg, keeping in mind your imagined light source.
Next we will start building the left arm. Starting with the lining. Once you have the shape created like below. we will add our stroke and fill color. set the stroke to 1pt in color #4D4D4D. Now add a pink gradient with and angle of -98° set the colors to #F6ADCD and #F27FB2 respectively.
Now we will draw the full sleeve. Set the stroke to #603913 at 1pt and set the fill to #C49A6B.
Then add the sleeve shading like you did with the legs.
After we have the base left sleeve made we will create the trim of the skirt. You can hide layers as you go to create a more accurate design. But I recommend giving it your own flare as you can. Once you have the trim of the skirt set the stroke to #C58BA6 at 1pt. Then add a gradient fill starting with color #F9C7DD and ending with #F8C3DA.
Next we will build the main pleated area. Use the same stroke as on the trim only this time make the fill #F6ADCD.
For this portion with arr going add the pleat creases. Use the same stroke as you did in the last two steps but this time no fill color.
Next add the second crease.
Now we are going to add the gold chain. Set the stroke to 1pt and the color to #4D4D4D. Then add gradient fill. Set the start color to #F9ED33 and end with #FBB040.
Now we will move back to the head and add the base head layer. Use the same stroke and fill from the pigtails. only set the gradient angle to -89°
From here on in we will be jumping around through out the design. Using the same fill as the shading on the sleeves add the first part of the tie shadow over the left sleeve.
Then create the coat’s frilly trim. Once you have completed the shape set the fill to 50% in white. No stroke. As an added option you can add much or as little detail to the frilly section as you like.
Then add the third crease.
Now we can start building the second sleeve. Again start with the trim. Use the same color setting only this time set the angle on the fill to -62°.
Then draw the full sleeve.
Add the detail shading, keep in mind there is a belt on the sleeve so create the shading accordingly.
Next add the belt band on the left sleeve. Set the stroke to 1pt #4D4D4D. Then add a new gradient. set the start color to #C2B59B and the ending one to #99907C.
Then add the frilly section to the top of the right sleeve like you did with the first part.
Now we add the main coat section. We will continue to use the same color settings as the sleeves.
Then we need to add the detail showing the coat is closed.
New we can start building the left pigtail. Use the same gradients as with the other hair. Set the gradient angle to 180° this time
Next we add the blue patch on the left sleeve. Again following the template design. Make the stroke 1pt and the color #4D4D4D. Then add a blue gradient titrating with #00B0D8 and ending in #AFDFE5.
Next we are going to start building the tie. Using the color setting from the pleated skirt section draw the collar of the tie.
Then we add the rest of the shading of the tie and match it to the tie shadow on the sleeve.
Then we draw the large section of the tie.
Next the knot of the tie.
After we have the tie created we add the coat collar shading on the left.
Followed by the shading on the right.
From there we create the collar frill like the other frilly sections.
Then we add the first background piece of hair. This will be partially hidden by the face layer later. Use the color settings from the left pigtail.
Next we add the second. time time use the settings from the right pigtails.
Now add the second left background hair piece.
Then the last right background hair section.
Using the template as a guide build the second section of the left pigtail.
Now add the third left side background hair section.
From here we move on to drawing the coat collar.
add the final background hair object.
Like before with the pleat lines make a Mic wire going from the left ear area to the close to the mouth. Set the stroke color to #4D4D4D. No Fill.
Then add the inner collar shading.
Now that we have the inner shading we can add the neck line. Use the same color as you used on the legs.
Again for the collar shading you will need to use your imagination. Draw the left collar shadow first.
Now add the right collar shading.
We are now ready to build the face. Use the same color as the neck and legs on the face.
Add the first foreground hair object.
Moving on we are going to focus on the eyes for a bit. First draw the right white section.
Followed by the left.
Then add the left pupil. Use a blue gradient from mid blue to a dark blue. I will let you decide on the color.
Next add the right pupil in the same color.
Jump back to the right pigtail ribbon and add the front loop. Set the fill color to #F6ADCD then add a 1pt stroke #BC0070.
Back on the eyes draw the top eyelash area make sure to overlap the other part of the eyes.
Then move to the right eye and add a crescent shape inside the pupil like below. use the same fill from the pupil but set the end color much darker. Set the gradient angle to -46°
Follow the same steps on the left eye.
Next add the bottom eyelash area to the left eye.
Then the upper eyelash area on the right eye.
Now add the Stray part of the left pigtail.
Followed by the second part of the right ribbon.
Then add the last part of the ribbon.
Next add the left ribbon. Using the same colors from the right.
Add the bottom eyelash area on the right eye.
Using the same color as the hair draw the large foreground hair section.
Then add the first right bang. Use the right pigtail color settings.
Now add the second.
Using the left pigtail color setting add the first left pig tail.
Followed by the second.
Next create the center bang. For this one you can choose either the right or left pigtail color settings, whichever you prefer
The following steps we will need to make copies of the bang layers. Select the first bang and hit CTRL+C, then hit CTRL+V to paste it back. Set the fill color to #A97C50. Change the opacity to 20%. Then arrange it below the main foreground hair object. Finally nudge it 5 – 10 pixels down and to the left.
Follow these steps on the next bang.
Then finally on the center bang.
Using the stroke color settings draw out the right eyebrow.
Do the same on the left.
Then add a 1pt line over the left eye to server as an eyelid crease. Use the stroke color from the face.
Next add a tiny mouth using the same stroke as the face.
Next we move back to the tie and add the first blue clip. The clip will be the same color settings as the blue sleeve patch.
Now add the second one just below the first.
After you have both clips jump over to the right arm and add the belt. Using the same colors as the left arm belt. Add a 180° angle on the fill.
Next add the right gold buckle using the colors from the gold chain.
this next step we will be adding the right sleeve patch. As a reminder that all the basic shapes are in the template so I am not going to tell you how to make each step.
Next add the left buckle.
Add the first coat crease.
Then the second.
Now add the darken fold on the skirt. Like below.
Using the same color settings as the blue patches, draw the left boot base.
Then use a darker blue gradient for the boot’s sole.
Add the gold trim along the top.
Rinse and repeat on the right boot.
Using the color settings from the skirt trim draw the first right boot strap.
Do the same setting for the second and third straps.
Then draw the straps on the left boot.
For the buttons on the boot grab your ellipse tool and make a circle. We are going to add a new gradient fill now. set the start color to #C2B59B and the ending to #99907C. Lastly add a 1pt stroke in #4D4D4D.
Next we will move back to the eyes. Again using the ellipse tool make a circle in the right eye and set the color fill to white. Then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the blur to 5 pixels.
Now make a second white circle smaller then the first, and closer to the white of the eye. Use the same settings.
Then make a small oval under the large white circle. Use the same settings from the previous steps.
Select all the white blurred objects you made and group them (CTRL+G). Copy and paste it back in. Scale the group down 70% and place it over the left eye.
Then add the second button on the left boot.
Then the first on button on the right boot.
Now the next on the right boot.
Next add a heart shape on the coat collar, like below. Then add a radial gradient fill. Set the start color to #F6ADCD , set the transition marker to 40%, and set the end color to #ED1C24. Lastly set the object stroke to .75 pt and the color to #BF1E2D.
Using the same color settings from the coat shading add a pocket flap on the right side. Add the stroke color from the main coat and set the size to .5pt.
Now we are going to add the sleeve badge. Set the stroke to #FF0000 and make a line.
Next make the number one shape.
Then the zero.
We move back to the skirt and add the next crease.
And the fifth crease.
Next we add the sixth crease on the left side.
Then the seventh on the left side.
And Finally the last crease in the pleated skirt.
Now we are going to finish off the breast pocket with a serial number. Select your text tool ans set the stroke color to the same as the stroke on the coat. Make the text size to 6.6px and the font to myriad pro. Type out “T-123985647”. Finally to make it compatible with any computer convert the text to an outline. Select the text and right-click or command-click for mac users and choose create outline.
Next select the round rectangle tool and make a Mic shape over the Mic wire we made earlier. Set the stroke to 1pt in #4D4D4D. Add a gradient fill starting with #C2B59B ending in #99907C.
Copy and paste the Mic object and align them. Select only the top Mic object and add the “Polka Dot Pattern” to the fill. remove the stroke and set the opacity to 20%.
Now we can start adding more shading on the coat. remember to use the same setting as on the other shading sections of the coat.
Then use the face shading color to shade the neck area.
Grab your ellipse tool again and make a circle around the girl. Set the fill gradient to #F6ADCD – #EC008C. Then Arrange it to the back.
Make two copies of this large circle and align them with the base circle. Arrange the two new circles just above the base. Hide the top circle object for now. Add the “Polka Dot Pattern” to the mid circle and set the opacity to 20%.
Next make a half crescent shape in the circle like below. Set the fill to white and the opacity to 50%. Arrange this new object just under the hidden circle object.
Un-hide the circle and set the stroke to 3pt in color #F6ADCD. No Fill.
Lastly add a nice beveled triangle shape to give the bubble a little more definition. Set the fill to white and the opacity to 50%.
Now add an oval shape under the girl’s feet like below. Set the fill to #C58BA6, the opacity to 70%. Lastly add a 10 pixel Gaussian blur. Congrats you just created a chibi anime girl from basically start to finish.
Here are all the wire frames for this design. Enjoy. How did your’s turn out?