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

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Step 14Select the sugar strands layer and copy them onto a new separate layer. Then hit Object > Expand, ensuring object and fill are checked and press ok. Each coloured symbol is on its own layer so press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + G about ten times to ungroup these and make them all separate objects. Here you can move or delete any unwanted symbols.

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Step 15Our design is really coming together but it looks a little dull and needs some colour. Think about the types of doughnut you can buy in the bakery and experiment with some new colour schemes. For me, the chocolate colour works best.

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Step 16Adjust any colours to suit the new chocolate fondant icing cover; I have changed the mouth and eye colour and added a dark inner glow to the icing. Now, using these techniques you can add other characters based on the sweet theme, such as Simon Swiss Roll. Bon appetit!

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