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 11To add a highlight to the character, draw a circle using the Ellipse Tool (L) and another, much larger one and overlap them both. Ensuring the large one is on top of the smaller one, hit Alt + Click to subtract from shape area. Copy this shape and reflect it vertically, resizing it slightly. Change them both to white and add a Gaussian blur of around 8.8pt, then lower the opacity.

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Step 12Using the Rounded rectangle tool in the Rectangle tool menu (M), draw some sugar strands of varying size. These will be our hundred and thousands. Once you’re happy with the size and colours, drag each strand into the symbol palette, naming them as you go.

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Step 13Now you have a series of different size and colour symbols stored, select the Symbol Sprayer tool (Shift+S). Spray your symbols at random to help with the unique aspect of the design. I also used the Symbol Spinner tool found in the flyout part of the menu.

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