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Create a Simple Flat Vector Orc

teacher avatar Jonathan Lam, Graphic Designer | Game Artist

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (1h 16m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:55
    • 2. 1. How to Create the Head

      16:47
    • 3. 2. How to Create the Body

      14:41
    • 4. 3. How to Create the Arms & Hands

      9:09
    • 5. 4. How to Create the Legs

      11:40
    • 6. 5. How to Create Character Details

      9:29
    • 7. 6. How to Create the Sword

      13:02
    • 8. 7. Conclusion

      0:35
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About This Class

Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator by creating this Simple Flat Vector Orc. This class is perfect for illustrators, graphic designers, game artists or anyone else looking to have some fun with character design! Follow along as we use simple vector shapes and create this imposing orc character.

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What You'll Make

At the end of the class you'll understand how to make a simple vector orc character using different shapes, colors, sizes and poses to use in your projects or to add to your portfolio.

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Jonathan Lam

Graphic Designer | Game Artist

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Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan Lam and I'm a Digital Artist on a mission to empower, educate and inspire creative students just like you to gain the creative skills you desire! Currently I work for Ubisoft as a concept and game artist. My skills range from graphic design, illustration, animation, 3D modelling/sculpting, concept art and video editing. Some of the projects I've worked on include Hungry Shark World, Hungry Shark Evolution, Starbeard and the Kickstarter Funded Game called Eminence: Xander's Tales. 

I've also worked with many high profile clients including Riot Games, Sony Entertainment, Hasbro and Google as a graphic designer and illustrator.

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1. Introduction: welcome to how to create a vector walk character in Adobe Illustrator Hi, my name is Jonathan Lamb and I'm a game artist from London. In this class will learn how to create a simple, flat walk in Adobe Illustrator. Starting with some basic shapes, I'll take you through a lot the tools and skills necessary for the project, including modifying shapes and using color, creating the different body parts and using illustrator's tools. By the end of the training, you'll have learned how to create a flat style victor or that you can use in your own projects and designs. This class is perfect for designers, illustrators and anyone else looking to have some fun creating simple characters. So sign up using the nick below and let's get started. 2. 1. How to Create the Head: hi, everyone, and welcome back to the flat vector or class. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create our character, starting with how to make the heads. So let's get started. By creating a new document. You can choose one of the preset options here, or go to create new, which will bring up a new window here, and you can choose what dimensions you want your document to be. So I usually like to use screen resolutions such as 10 80 by 7 20 where you can choose whatever dimensions you prefer. Once you're happy with this, go ahead and click. Create on this will create a new document with the art board representing the dimensions that you chose in the previous window. But don't feel restricted by this as we can still work outside of the art board, which is usually my preferred way off using illustrator. So next we want to start with with the color off the skin of our character. So usually fantasy orcs are represented as green, so let's go ahead and go with that. So, first of all, that's de select the stroke as we don't want our shape toe have a stroke. And then over here, we wanted to choose a green color so you can choose a green color from the selection here. Or, if you want to create another color, a customized color. Go ahead and click on that. The square here. So double clicking on the square here will now bring up this color picker just going suit. Go ahead on Select a nice sort of warm middle green color hair like that. And then once you've done this, go ahead on choose a shape so we can access most of the shapes that will need in this class from the menu here. So we just go over to the left here on click on the shape till here, and as you click and hold on the rectangular, it'll you can see that we've got a few options here that we can choose from on the one that we're going T. The one that we're going to use mostly is the rounded rectangle tool. Let's choose the rounded rectangle tool here, and the easiest way to use this tool is to simply click on drag like so now, in order to control the amount off curves the corner that the amount off the curve the corn has to this shape we need. What we have to do is you have to click and drag using the mouse and then on your keyboard . Just press up. Teoh. Make the roundness of the corners even more or down Teoh make to decrease the the curvature off our shaped like So now it's important to keep Ah, hold off the mouse button as you're creating the shape as once you've released it, it will create the shape like this. Cool. So we're just going to start off with a simple round rectangle which will represent the the shape off our character's head. So let's go ahead and use the same tool like this. Just get to zoom into our head here just so that we can go ahead and create the years like so Now, in order to create the iconic pointy years that most fancy Orcs have. What we're going to do is we're going to delete half off this shape, Pierce now. So to do this, go to the direct selection tool here, just going to zoom in to our here, our here and I'm just going to delete half off the shape here by selecting these anchor points with our white selection tool are direct selection tool and then deleting them like so. And then you can go back with the pencil and closer out if you wanted to. Now that we've got half off our shape here, what we can do from here is weaken. Go ahead on, rotate it like so on. And let's go ahead and make this resize this slightly on. This will be one off our ears. That's a duplicates it. What will need to do is with the air selected press control, see on the keyboard and then control shift V to paste it in place. And now you will see that we've got two years here. I'm going to right click onto this year transform. Just move the ear here so that we can see the menu transform. And then we're going to select, reflect and reflect vertically like so. And now we flip the air. We can now place it on the other side of our orcs head like So now, one trick you'll find me using constantly throughout this class is how to use the alignment tours here. So it's a quick and easy way to make sure that your character and all the parts of your character is centralized, especially on a symmetrical design like this one. So with the years, let's go ahead and select both of them on to make sure that they're aligned to the center like so. So they're both in the same in the same plane like that. And now we're going Teoh Press Control and G to group them. So now when we select one year, we select both this. Now, in order to make sure that the ears are centered to this head, what we need to do is we need to select all of the shapes here and press horizontal align center. And now you'll see that everything is perfectly aligned in the center like so awesome. So now what we want to do is we want to create the ice. So in order to create the eyes, let's go ahead and select the lips tool, and I want to make the eyes a different color. So once I've created this circular shape here, let's go ahead and choose a white color like so I'm going to place them on to the Yorks face like this. I'm going to duplicate this press control, see on the keyboard, then control shift V on the keyboard again to paste in place that we've got two eyes. In fact, let's go ahead and make one I with all of the all of the details first. So I'm going to create the eye socket. So with the Ellipse store here creates another circle, and with this circle, I want to make a darker green color. So with that selected, I'm going to select the green here, and that's it's a little bit of a darker green color, like so and again that with this direct selection tool, I want to delete the top anchor and point here. Just said, I I'm left with a semi circle like so I'm just going to bring them over here, select our I. And then I wanted to make sure that this eyes on top of the eye socket so I'm going to right click on I hand like so and select a range. Bring to front. Now you'll see that this eye shape is in front of our eye sockets. You're going to rotate the eye socket here and I'm going to create the eyebrow. Let's go ahead on selected the rounded rectangles and with this eyebrow, I want to make the color slightly lighter than the color off our hit. So I'm going to select the color of our head here with the eyedropper tool first and then with our color picker. Let's go ahead and slipped a little bit of a brighter green. So it stands out. I'm going to use the selection tool here to rotate how I brown like so maybe make this a little bit bigger. Now, as you adjust these shapes like so you can see that we've got these sort of white dots, these white widgets here. And if you use the direct selection tool, we can actually increase the curvature off our corners like so. So now that we've got our eyebrow defects, let's go ahead and make the I a little bit bigger, like so the eyebrows slightly longer. Let's go ahead and group these elements. So this set all three of thes shapes, press control G on the keyboard and now wants to duplicate this so control, see, to copy and then control shift V to paste right click transform reflect on reflect vertical . Now I can move this to the other side off the heads. Now let's go ahead and do the same trick as what we did with the years. So that's six. Both of these eyes. Let's group them together by pressing control G on the keyboard. Select all of the shapes here and then with the line tool Press Horizontal line center like so and you can see that there was a slight shift in all of the shapes. There was a little bit of a movement here, so let's see that again so you'll see a little bit of a movement. And that will indicate that all of the shapes now, uh, centralized excellent. So now what we'll do is we'll create the nose. So with the same color as the eyebrow, let's go ahead and select the same color that's use the rounded rectangle tool. Draw out and nose here, like so on another shape here and use the selection tool just going to move this up slightly. Let's make this bit a little bit bigger, both shapes. Let's make sure that these are centralized press control G to make sure that this nose is grouped. Let's go ahead and again make sure everything is centralized like so cool. Excellent. Now what we're going to do from here is we're going to see it creates the mouth. So let's go ahead and create the lower lip. So this creates a lower lip here, like so on. We want to make sure that this lower lip is the same color as the eyebrows. So it's used the I drop. It'll here with that shape still selected on select the color here. Awesome. Let's move this down slightly, and I want to make this shape a little bit thinner. Now, as you try and make this shape thin, you can see that we can make it bigger, but we can't make it thinner. And the reason for that is because these corners here, these rounded corners, are restricting our shape. Let's go ahead and select the direct selection tool and make the cornice shopper again. And now, if we use the selections or here, we can make it thinner slightly and then adjust the corners here by selecting the direct selection tour, pressing a on the keyboard and then making the corners rounded again. Awesome. From there, let's go ahead and make the shadow off the lip, so I'm going to duplicate this. Lips are pressed control. See being control. Shift of eat, paste in place, just going to move the top. Shape up slightly like so and for the bottom lip shape. Let's go. Then select the our original green color. Excellent. Let's go ahead and sleep both of the lip shapes. Press control, G. Teoh. Group them. And now let's go ahead and create the chin off our character not to do this. Let's go to the inn. In fact, that used the rounded rectangle toe on. Let's create H in of our character like So now I want to make the corners a little bit rounder. Some going toe press up on the keyboard here to make sure everything is rounded, and now that select used the eyedropper tool six original green color on the one to make our chin below our lip. So let's select the lip. Arrange on, bring to front. It's now a chin is above our or below our lip. In fact, let's make our chin the same colors. The lips like so and I want to delete these to anchor points. So press a on the keyboard to the anchor point here on this anchor point here, like So let's bring this chin up slightly and now you'll see we've got a cool chin on lip for our character. Awesome, Let's go ahead. In fact, let's make this lip slightly smaller, just so fit self face on. Now, if we zoom out a little bit, select all of our elements and press horizontal line center just to make sure everything is a lines cool. Now all that's left is to create the teeth for our character. So let's create Let's go to the Polygon tour or the startle. And as we create the star, we compress down on the keyboard to make it triangle so we can actually create more cornice by pressing up or less corners by pressing down like so. And if you press shift on the keyboard, it will make sure that the triangle is straight. I'm just going to make it triangle here. I want to make this triangle white suppressed Spy on the keyboard for the I drop, it'll 60 I. Let's bring this triangle down here. Reshape it like, so let's make it a little bit thinner, so have one tooth here. Control. See to copy control shift V to paste in place, another tooth there. Let's move a little bit further to the rights. Make sure that both aligned press control G on the keyboard to group them and let's bring the lip on. Arrange this. Teoh the front like so that's highlight everything and press our horizontal align center button. Awesome. So that's how to create the orcs heads. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to create the torso off the Orc. I see well, there. 3. 2. How to Create the Body: Harvey one. And welcome back to the flat vector or class. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create the upper body off character. So now that we have the finished head here, let's start by adding the three main colors off our heads. Teoh our color swatches here now. To do this, we need to use the direct selection tool here or press a on the keyboard and then click on the color that you want to add. So we're going to add our main green, which made up made up ahead, and you'll see that you'll know that you've selected the color correctly when the color box at the bottom here shows you the same color. Now let's go to the swatches. Click on the new Swatch button, okay, and you'll see that the new color has been added to our swatches. Now all we have to do is we have to repeat it for the other colors, so let's select the lights green Here. Six. New swatch click OK at the new green color will be additive on. Let's go ahead and select the dark green color, which made up the eye socket off our walk, click New Swatch click. OK, and now you'll see. We've got all three green colors added to our color palette. Excellent. So now we have the colors added to our swatches. We can access them easily from the menu here or the menu at the top here as well. So it also means that we can change the colors of the shapes easily by selecting a shape, so to say, if he wants to change the color off our eyebrow weaken, select this shape and then select one of the colors here on our swatches menu. Like so cool. Let's start by creating the chest off our character by using our tool of choice. The rounded rectangle tal. Let's hold the shapes button here. Select the rounded rectangle tool. I'm going to zoom out by pressing control on the minus button on the key here on. Let's start by creating the chest of our oak like so, let's move this down a little bit now before we stop making any more adjustments. Toe. Let's select the whole orc shape orchid here and press control G on the keyboard. So every time we select our orc head with the selection tool. Well slept, the whole head like, so cool. Now let's go ahead and creates the neck off our character like so I'm just going to centralize everything by going to be aligned toe, and I want to make sure that the head is on top is always on top off our body. So what we're going to do here is we're going to create a new layer. So go to the land menu here, create a new layer, and we're going to cut our heads. So control X on the keyboard moved to the new layer. Layer two and then press control Shift V to paste. This in place it's now ahead is always going to be on top off our walks body now to make sure that you'll see as I moved ahead down our body into a body like so our chin sort of gets lost. Let's go ahead and create a shadow fortune, so it creates a new shape here, like so press I on the eyedropper tool, a dark green color. Or we could have selected the dark green color from our swatches here and now let's go ahead and zoom in a little bit slept with heads on. That's a range and bring us the front so that our head is on top of the shadow. And now you can see that our chin is a little bit more defined, thanks to our shadow shape. Here sits go ahead and transform the each other a little bit. Move it up slightly and bring this down a bit. I think so. Cool. So now we have a shadow underneath our chip, which helps to find my head. And then we can now go ahead and look our layer here like so So so now that every time we try and select these shapes that are around the head, it doesn't actually select our our heads. So it doesn't interfere with us, creating new shapes and sort of detail ing out the body. She's good, so that helps with us creating the next. Let's go ahead and bring the neck to the center. Like so, using the direct selection tool. Let's make this round it and bring this little bit down back into the census. He's got quite a wide neck cool. Next, let's go ahead and build the rest of the body. Let's draw a another rounded rectangle here. So it's selectee rounded rectangle draw another rounded rectangle like So you can see that the rounded rectangle, the sort of corners here are really, really rounds. This all right, then sharpen them up a little bit by using the circular corner widgets like so And now let's bring this back into the center. In fact, let's make this around a little bit a bit more around it on. Let's go ahead and shake this up a little bit cool now that we have our body, the next thing that we want to do now is we want to start creating some highlights and shadows off our body just to give our for the a little bit mawr a little bit more definition. So to do this, let's select our chest here, and we want to bring this to the top. So right click. Arrange on, bring to front. I'm going to duplicate this so control see and then control shift v Teoh pace this in place and we're going to add some shadow to our chest here. So that's move this up. In fact, let's go ahead and select both of these shapes Here. We're just gonna move them over to this side just for a minute so that we can focus on them . So we want to duplicate this chest shape again. So press control. See on the keyboard control shift V to paste in place on. Now we have three shapes or together, one on top of the other. Now this top shape here, let's go ahead and change the color off this top shape. This shape here will act as our cutout shape. So when we use the minus frontal everything that the top shape covers will be deleted or cut out from the bottom, leaving just the lower area here. So let's move the top two shapes away from the bottom one, just so you can see what happens. Select with the top two shapes selected. Let's go to the Pathfinder tour here on Let's go to minus front so clicking on minus front , you can see that it cuts out the overlapping shape. You can see how powerful this tour is and how we can use this tour to create some really cool shapes. Excellent. So let's go ahead and move this back to where it waas by pressing control Zet on the keyboard here, let's press minus front again. Just so that's all. These shapes are both in the same place, and now we can choose a dark color for our cutout shape, which will act as the shadow for our character, the shadow off the chest for character. Awesome. In fact, I want to make the shadow just a little bit thinner. So just control Z. Maybe this is a little bit down and minus front again. Let's make sure that both shapes of selectors minus front now just choosing the dark color like so excellent. Now what we're gonna do from here is whilst we've got our chest selected, let's go ahead and add some more details. So let's add the nipples here. So that's used a rounded rectangle to to create a wonderful here. Control C control shift V To do OK, consume in here so we can select the shape a little bit easier and move this nipple over to the other side. Select both nipples. Press control, G. So group. We wanted a line both of these all of these shapes, so make sure all the shapes selected on click on the horizontal line center excellent and can also add a little highlights on the top. You just to create some extra depth for character. This creates. Let's create a new color. So with the highlight color, let's select that and create a little new color here on that's Add this to the swatches. Cool. Now let's go ahead and group everything So press control G on the keyboard. Let's move this back into place like so excellent. So now let's go ahead and create the stomach again. We're going to use the Pathfinder talk for this, so that's duplicate the bottom half of the body. In fact, let's make this a little bit bigger. First of all, on that's duplicates this body by pressing control. See, then control Shift V on that. We want to do this three times like we did with the chest. Let's move this, that science so we can concentrate on that. I'm going to change the top shape to another color just so you can see what we're doing now . This time, instead of removing the area that top shape covers, want to keep it and delete everything else. So to do this, let's select both shapes like so go to the Pathfinder tool. And now, instead of pressing minus front, let's go ahead and select. Intersects. Awesome! Now this is the Betty. Let's go ahead and change the color off this shape here. Teoh a darker green like So let's change this to our light green color. Cool. Let's move this back into place. Awesome. Let's go ahead and change the color off our shadow here. Just a little bit too dark. Change it to our mid green. I think so. So we can differentiate between the chest and the stomach. And now let's go ahead and create a belly button for our stomach. It's good. Do that on. We can change this toe are dark green with the eyedropper tool. Excellent. So now let's go ahead and make sure everything is centralized. So expect everything. Go to our alignment tool. Now let's go ahead and create some extra shapes to create the to create more mass for our walk. I'm going to use the Ellipse tool for this now with the lips tool. If you want to create a perfect circle, hold shift on the keyboard and you'll see that the circle snaps and now we can create a perfect circle when release our mouse button like so cool. Let's send this to the back. So right click a range sent back just going toe. Place this behind our work here to create some trapezius muscles like so, and let's go ahead and create some extra mess behind her. Work here as well. So let's do this using the rounded rectangle tool. Just consensual. Another shape here, right click arrange. And since the back and this we'll create. This will help create that sort of extra mass look for our walks. I'm just going to make this chest a little bit bigger. To make our Orc seem a little bit more intimidating, make sure to round out or corners again, like so on. The final thing to do here is to highlight everything and horizontal align sense just to make sure that everything is centralized, awesome. And there we have it, the top body off our or character. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to create the arms and the hands. See you all there 4. 3. How to Create the Arms & Hands: hi, everyone, and welcome back to the flat vector or class. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create the arms and hands off the character. So let's start by creating these shoulders of our character by using the lips store here. And let's go ahead and create some nice, perfect circles by holding the shift button whilst clicking and dragging like so let's go ahead and use the mid green tone. So that's a capital to do that. I'm just going to send this Teoh the back right click. Arrange center back, and that's place this in the correct place like so cool. And now let's go ahead and use the rounded rectangle tool and let's create the bicep. And let's select the brightest green color here. Like so and now let's go ahead and create the tricep, which will be behind the bicep here. Like so and for this one that's used the darkest green color. Let's send this the back since back. I think so. Andi, from here, let's go ahead on group these two shapes on, rotate them slightly and send this group to back just that this shoulder is in front off the shapes like. So now let's create the forearm. So again, using the rounded rectangle tool that's it creates a rounded rectangle shape and drew another one. I think so. In fact, it's very similar to help. We did the triceps and the bicep, so I'm just going to send this once the back and let's make this. Let's make these the same colors them. Oh, here, like so sure to group them and again send them to the vet because sometimes in the streets it likes toe likes Teoh. Change the arrangement of the shapes when she groups them. Cool. Let's make this a little bit bigger defense. Let's make this smaller again on Let's go ahead and create a elbow so choose dark color and that send this to the back click Arrange sent back. Cool now for the hands. So let's start with another perfect circle, and I want to create a highlights on the side here, so let's duplicate this again. So press control. Seeing the keyboard control shift V to paste in place. Let's move this top one up to the side slightly. Let's go ahead and re color our top shape just so you can see what we're doing on from there. In fact, I wanted Teoh duplicate the bottom ship against their control. C control shift V to paste in place on this place, our cut out shape on top. I just got to zoom in here so we can see clearly what we're doing here. Select both the top shapes here and now. Sector minus front like so cool. Now we've got two shapes here, the highlight on the circle for our hand. Now I'm just going Teoh, choose the colors for our hand and for our highlight here, like so let's go ahead and group these shapes together. Excellent. And now, for the thumbs for the thumb and our fingers, let's go ahead and draw out using our rounded rectangle tool. Selecting the correct color says dropped a small, rounded rectangle like so and let's go ahead and rotate it slightly, and this will act as our thumb. This is bigger, just pasting, placing its onto our hand like so let's make this a little bit longer so you can see and for the fingers. Let's go ahead and do the same thing, so that's that's duplicates our thumb shape. So Chris control C control V to Paste. I'm just going to place these fingers here. In fact, let's go ahead and put, uh, hand brake. It's a front and then I'm going to control C control. Vite paste our founded rectangle shape here, rotate it slightly. Let's go ahead and sharpen the corners here so we can just the shape and that rounded rectangle the corners again. This will act as one of our fingers. So now that will be the joint of our finger, like so. And if we select both of those shapes here, we can press control G to group them. And now we have to do is duplicate thes shapes these fingers like so So we can do that. In fact, weaken. Delete the top one hands. We don't need that. It's just leet that duplicate these fingers here. So control C control V to keep that. Now what we have to do, bring this handshake to the front on Let's change the colors off our fingers. So as it goes back, thes fingers will get darker and darker. So this one we want to send to the back on this one I want to send to the back as well. Cool. It's just thes dingus. There we have it, the hand off our walk from that. What we can do is we can select the whole hand press control G on the keyboard to group it on this place this in the correct place like so and then Once you're happy with the placement of the hand and the arm, let's go ahead and select all of our shapes here that make up the arm. Press control G C. Group it. Let's go ahead and arrange this and send it to back like so. And now that's duplicate this arm by pressing control. C control shift V right click transform, reflect and reflect vertical. Let's move the duplicate arm to the other side of our walk like so. And let's send this to back as well. And from here, that's like both of our arms. Press control. Geeta Group it, and as now everything is centralized or everything is symmetrical. We can now go ahead and centralize everything by clicking on the horizontal line center button like so cool. So now we have the top half off our or character completed In the next lesson, we'll learn how to create the legs. See you all there 5. 4. How to Create the Legs: hi, everyone, and welcome back to the flat vector or class. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create the legs off the character. It's now that we have the top half off our or character. Next thing that we want to create is the hips. So let's go ahead and select the lips tool to create a perfect circle here. And I've chosen a dark gray color for our trousers and then using the white selection talk press a on the keyboards to use that. And I'm just going to select this anchor point here at the top press delete on the keyboard , and now we have a semi circle. Let's join that these two anchor points here like so and move this into place so we can use this semi circle shape for our hip. We can actually go ahead on and use the white selection tool to curve the corners off our semi circle like so cool. Next, we want to create the belt for our trousers. So, using the rounded rectangle tour here, let's go ahead and draw across where the hips and the body meets, and this will be our belts on this zoom in hair so we can focus on the size of a bell a little bit better on ground out these corners more. We can also create a highlight for this using the path. Fight the tours. So let's duplicate the belt. So press control. See on the keyboard control shift V to paste in place on Let's move the top shape up slightly. There's going to color this in orange so you can see what we're doing. Just gonna move this to the side, both these shapes of the sides so you can see I'm going to duplicate the bottom shape again . I move this or in shape to the top, and now let's select both shapes. Use the Pathfinder tool on selected the Intersect button, and this will leave one shape on top here on using the I. Drop it all here, let's make sure that the orange the top shape is selected. He's the eyedropper tool to select the gray color. I just wanna go ahead and make this great color slightly lighter so we can use this as a little bit of a highlight. I think so. That's both of these shapes. Press control G to group them and move them back into place like so cool. Let's go ahead and align everything, make sure everything is the lines. I'm just gonna highlight everything here on Click the Horizontal Line to censor Button. Now that we have the hips created, the next thing that we want to create is the thighs for the character. Now these will be created in pretty much the same way as how we created the biceps on the triceps of our arm. So selecting the bright gray color that we used for our highlight here, it's used the rounded rectangle tool again, and that's a drawer out a large shape here on. We can actually go ahead and create a small highlight for this as well, so just duplicate the shape here. Press control. C Control Shift V to duplicate again. It's now we have three of these shapes and let's go ahead and put this just a little bit on top here. Like so both shapes and then using the Pathfinder tour, I'm going t o minus front. In fact, not minus front. Let's use intersect. And now, with this bottom shape, he wants to use this as the highlights Let's go ahead on select a lighter gray color. Here, you can see Let's make this a little bit like to seek and see. It looks like now we have, ah, highlight for our thigh. Just a little bit. Lights up. So it stands out against the great background that we've got here. Cool. So let's go heading. Create another rounded rectangle here, this time using the dark gray color on Let's place this. Let's click on this on right click. Arrange center back, and this will add a little bit of mass to our fire here around that cornice. And let's go ahead now highlight all of these. Select all of these shapes. Press control G on the keyboard. Let's rotate this fly slightly, and now we can just place it just to the side off the hips Here on this will act as our fi make it slightly smaller, like so, and we can send this fact. Let's send all of the hips here, control G. It's a group of hips, and you want to place this on our chest to the front range. Bring to front so that our hands are in front of our hips. Cool So now that's great addition on the lower half of the leg by using the same technique . So this time we'll start with the darker color. Here, let's draw out the darker color, and now we'll draw out the lighter Khan just going to select the light color here is in the white selection tool, and then again that using the rounded rectangle tool just draw out our shin. Like so And now let's go ahead and create our highlight. So control. See to copy control shift V to paste on top on now Control Shift V again to create 1/3 shape. And let's place this on top here. Highlight both of the top shapes. Select Intersect now the bottom shape. We used the eyedropper tool to create the highlight like so excellent. Now let's go ahead on group these shapes and place them just below our thigh. Excellent. Let's move this a little bit here. I'm just going to irritate if I ever so slightly like so great. Now let's go ahead and create the need. So for them, the I'm going to use a perfect circle. So it's used the Ellipse tool again and draw a perfect circle. I'm going to use the eyedropper tool. Select are dark gray color, and let's go ahead and create a highlight for this as well. So control. See on control shift vita paste two times to move this slightly to the top like so slipped . Both shapes select this intersect button here and now select the light of gray color. I'm just going to create a small little highlight here for me. Highlight all of these or select all of these shapes here. Press control G on the keyboard. It's a group or these shapes. And now that's place now in the on top like so cool. Awesome! Now that we have our lead completed, the last thing that we need to create is the foot. So with the foot, we're going to use the same colors for our for our leg. So let's go ahead and select the rounded or the lips tour here that's drew out a perfect circle. Delete the bottom anchor point, and thats joined this up using the pencil. I'm just going to place this here like so and now let's go ahead and make this a little bit darker, and in fact, that's choose this color for our foot. I'm just going to duplicate this control C control shift V to paste on control shift V again to paste it a second time. Let's move this slightly forward. Select both of these shapes on click the Intersect button here and now you can use the eyedropper tool to create a highlight forfeits and again using the lips tool. Just going to make a small little highlight here. And that's choose a nice light gray color, like so excellent. So now we can go ahead and look at our like we can arrange these how he wants slightly. So if we want to make my leg a little bit longer, like so, just do a few little quick tweaks here and there. And once you're happy with the shape of our Lego, how are leg looks? Highlight the whole leg. Select the whole leg. Here. Press control G to group the leg control. See to copy and then control shift V to paste it. Now let's right. Click the leg on press select Transform reflect on Choose vertical to flip the leg. Now we have our second leg. Excellent. Select both of these on a line everything like we have before. So that's vertical line first, making sure that this is aligns correctly. Press control g to group it. And now that's select everything and centralize it like So let's go ahead on and make sure that these brought to the front again. And there we have it, are completed or character. And the next lesson. We'll learn how to create some final touches to the character, such as extra highlights and skin details. See you all there. 6. 5. How to Create Character Details: hi, everyone, and welcome back to the flat vector or class. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create some details for character. So now that we have the character complete it, let's add some finishing touches to it. So using the lips till we can add some spots to the skin of the character. So let's go ahead and select the color that I want to use. So I'm just going to add some spots to the chest here. I'm just going to select the shadow off the chest. UNESCO HIDDEN Zoom in here. I want to use the color off the shell of the chest and then that. Select the Ellipse tool and just using the to him. Just gonna hold shift on the keyboard to create some perfect circles. Just add some circles to the chest like so, and this will help sell the character just a little bit more, as if it's got some sort of texture to the skin like so let's zoom in here a little bit more, so we've got more control over where we can add the spots, and if you want, move the spots. Just press V on the keyboard To select the selection tool. You can move the spots like so cool. So that's for the chest. I'm just gonna go up here, move up to the chin. Now, remember, we created a new layer for our face. I'm just going toe untangle the lock for later to where our faces and lock the body just for a second so we can start adding some spots to our chin. Let's do the same thing. Just using the same color. For now, that's just the cupolas with just three spots to the chin. Next, sir. Move that one slightly. Here and now, this earth. Some spots to the head sound out because we use the same color as the head. Here. Let's use a darker green to see the doctor in here to create more spots. Just gonna add three spots here. Just the band's outside got three spots on the bottom left of our character and three spots on the top rights of our character. Cool. Now let's go ahead and move across here to our shoulders. I'm going to look the head here again. Unlock the layer where our body is. Let's continue using the dark green color here to create some spots for the shoulder set to the same here. So three spots here and move across the next shoulder and do the same things. Three extra spots like so just the balance it all out on now, moving down to the tummy, I'm going to select the lights of green color again. Continue creating some spots holding shift on the keyboard to make these perfect circles like so. And there we have it. You can continue creating some spots on the arms as well. But for now, this Just leave it as it is on. The next thing we want to do is create more highlights, just like the one that we've done for the chest here. So I'm going to select the highlight color here. Andi, use the rounded rectangle tour. We can go ahead and create some highlights for the lip here. Like so you see, create a so because it is on on the layer on top, we're gonna have toe press control X to cut that. Go back to the head layer on control shift the to pace that in place like so we can also do the same thing for the eyebrows now because the eyebrows are an angle, it might be a little bit harder to create the highlight and then getting Theo exact angle that we wants it, although that seems to work here so you can do that. And then press control C and Control Shift v. Teoh transform and wrote reflected this vertically Or another thing that we could do is we could select the eye brown like so press control. C Control Shift v. Teoh duplicates it. Use the white selection tool head to increase the corners, make the corner shop again and the black selection tour to reduce the size off the eyebrow . Press by for the theory I drop. It'll select the same highlight color here and then, using the white selection tool again, round out the corners like So Now we've got the exact same angle as what we had for my brown that's duplicate that transform reflect on trees, vertical like, So I move it in the same place. Excellent. Next thing we want to do is we want to do the same thing for the biceps. So let's create highlight for the biceps here. I'm just going to create these and illustrator has these nice guidelines here. Let's help you create the same angle as the shape that we've got here and another highlight here. Like so we can slip both of these press control g to group them and duplicate this right click transform reflects vertical, and we're going to go ahead and move this to the arm, like so to the other side. Next, them we can group these up press control G to group it on. I'm going to move these Teoh our second layer here, our body less. So let's cut these control X on. Moved to our second They're here control shift V to paste it into a second layer. Now that's in our second layer. We can make sure that everything is centralized by selecting everything and because we've got our spots here, that that makes things a little bit difficult. So what we might want to do is in order to centralize everything you want, Teoh, select all of your spots. A move them to a separate layer, select the spots here, all the spots. But you create it now to select all the spots. Just I'm just holding shift on the keyboard and that enables me to select multiple shapes like so. And when she selected all the spots, press control G to group them. I'm going to create a new low here. And let's cut these spots Control shift V on layer three Teoh paste them into place. I'm just gonna lock this low here, and you can actually also call this their spots. I can call this layer the hit and call the bottom very here, the body just double clicking on the text here to rename it Cool. Now we can go ahead and do the highlights again. Let's select the random rectangle tool. Create the highlight for bicep, making sure it's the correct angle. The highlight for forearm Both of these press control G on control. See to copy Control shift Vita duplicates, Transform reflect. Move this to the other arm. Select both of these highlights Control G to group them. And now that we have our spots on another layer, let's lock the head on the spot. Slayer weaken. Now zoom out and centralized are highlights, making sure that everything is in the center like so accident. And there we have it. A completed vector or character in the next listen will go through how to create a sword accessory for your character. I see well that 7. 6. How to Create the Sword: I have your one and welcome back to the flat vector or class. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to create some accessories such as this sword here So you can see we've made a couple of accessories for our walk on. We'll just start by creating this sort. So let's move on to a new layer. First, I'm just going to bring this sword so we can use this as a reference on just rotate it here a little bit. So the first thing we want to do is we want to create the handle. So that's choose a nice brown color for a handle here and then using the rectangle tool. Well, first of all, create the handle like so and then let's go ahead and create This highlight here is well, so using the rectangle tool again create this highlight here. And if you want, you can also use the direct selection tool and just curve the corners here as well, using those widgets. Excellent. Now, once you've done that, you want to slip both of those shapes on press control, G to group and then next we're going to create this little thing here at the bottom, so let's go ahead and use a rounded rectangle tool for that. I'm just going to select the color off this this little gold color on Let's go ahead, zoom in here a little bit so you can see what we're doing on this. Go ahead and create That's here. Like so and again. He wants to create the highlight so that select that highlight color and use this rectangle tool to create that as well. Cool. Select both of these on press control. G. Teoh Group those. And now that we've got two of these groups together, we can select both of those on using the alignment tool in the line. It's center, just making sure that both of these are aligned. Excellent. Now the bottom bit. Here. We want to go ahead and selected the startle on when we split. This startle. As we are clicking and holding on the mouse, we compress the down arrow key on the keyboard to reduce the number of corners until we have a triangle like so. I'm just going to use the eyedropper tool here, pressing iron the keyboard. Select this orange color now just using the transform tool Just using our selection tool here. V on the keyboard. Just making this upside down triangle on and making the shape that we want A on the keyboard for the direct selection tool. And then using these widgets here just clicking and dragging to round up those corners, like so excellent to create the highlight. All I'm going to do is, in fact, let's go ahead and around these corners a little bit more on just cancer. Maybe it's bigger. Cool. Now let's copy this by pressing control and see on the keyboard, then paste in place by pressing control shift on DVI. So now we've got two shapes, one on top of the other. I'm just going to use the rectangle tool here and just covering about half of our shape when the select both of these and then going over to our Pathfinder tools here, we want to select minus front, and that will leave us with half off our triangle. Now, you with half the struggle, I can just use the eyedropper tool and select the highlight like so excellent. And now, if you wanted to weaken, go ahead on round up that corner here. Cool Now, these highlights are a little bit too harsh for me. So I'm going to use the direct selection tool both of these highlights, and I'm going to go Teoh the transparency tool here and just lower the transparency to about maybe 50% and the same for our handle. Highlight that slow this about 50%. Or maybe let's let's go to 75. Excellent. Now let's go ahead and creates the hand guard here. So for the hand guard, we use the rounded rectangle tool. Make a fairly large handle here. Like so, using the idea What sort? To select the orange. And now, just using the direct selection tool, I'm going to delete the top two anchors here, so select them by pressing and holding shift on the keyboard. So just going over that one anchor and then selecting the other anchored by pressing shift on the keyboard and selecting that impressed elites. Excellent. Now we're just going to use the theme, The selection tool here. I'm just going to make this a little bit wider, like so maybe this into the middle again. I'm just going to use the rectangle tool cover about half of this or maybe 2/3 on. I'm just going to press control. C control Shift V to paste in place now because the handle is above this rectangle. This might not work. If we choose the minus front, let's try the Intersect. Now we're left with the bottom half off our handle. If this happens, what we have to do is use the bottom shape here and select our highlight. In fact, that's not working because we've used a transparency for that. So that's bring this stuff a bit open up, our color picker just going to make a darker color. In fact, let's make sure that this selected on May this a dark color like so that's a little bit too dark. Cool. So now we have a highlight for hand guards. Let's go ahead and make sure both of these are groups hands that all off our selection here or by shapes here on make sure that all horizontally aligned. Now something happens here. So you see that this shape here has sort of moved to the slide, and that's because that's not group. So let's make sure that everything is grouped together and now I can see that cool. Let's move this a little bit. Excellent. So now that we have our sword handle, we can go ahead and select all of these and group that together. The next thing we want to do is he wants to create the blade off our sort. So to do this, let's make sure that we select a gray color here, go to a rectangle tool and create a nice sort of sort of laid here. So it's quite white on. Make sure that we send this to the back. So right, click, Arrange on centre back. I'm just going to put this into the middle here, like so and then using the at anchor point tool, we can go ahead and add an anchor point to the center off our plate and then just bring the anchor point like so should make this a little bit cool. Now that we've got that, the next thing we want to do is we want Teoh duplicate this so control C control shift V and we want to create the highlights. The edges off our sword here. So that's let's select a nice um, a nice color for this now. Usually, when you create a duplicate. It will be a feel like so and then we want to change this into a stroke. So click on the swap button here, so stop filled to stroke. And then we wanted to create a stroke at about three or four points. And then we want to make sure that the stroke is aligned to the inside and not into the middle or the outside, like so. So let's align it to the inside of our sword. Now, the next thing we want to do is you want to create this bit here. So this little triangle here says, Open up our select our star tool again and make a triangle. Make sure that this is a shape instead of a stroke. Just gonna bring this down here like so on. Bring this into the middle. Excellent. So now that we've got these, let's go ahead and make sure it's allied to the center on group them. And again, just send this to back just to see Well, it looks like with our handle skating suit central of these as well. And then the next thing we want to do is we want to create these sort of highlights here. So let's go ahead and six rectangle toe creates two strips like so on. Let's go ahead and make this a little bit longer and we want to angle this like so being over, I was sort making sure that the whole thing covers our blade. And now all we have to do is select the base blade duplicated control C control shift V. And in fact, we just duplicated the whole blade when in fact, all we want to do is duplicate the base. So that's one group this object firsts like the base plate. Now we've got a duplicate so paste in place so that both objects here use apart, find tool on, then six intersect. So now we're left with that shape here, do the same thing again, select, intersect, and now select both of these. And he wants to set the highlight color. Now, with this highlight, what we can do here is we can actually go to the Transparency Tour here. Select screen. We want to bring the opacity down to maybe 50 40% like so cool. Now, to add some depth to our blade, we want to create this shadow here. That's to do this. What we have to do is again just duplicates the basic later. So Control seek and short shift V. We want to delete half of this. So let's use our direct selection tool. Select this anchor point here press delete on. We can move this anchor point hopes, just making sure you select just the anchor point here on press holding shift on the keyboard. We can move this in a straight line to the center like So now, once you've done that, you can select Multiply for this. Bring the opacity down to 50%. Excellent. Now we have a plate weaken. Select all of our blood objects press control G on the keyboard and now it's just send this to the back. So right click, Arrange center back. And now let's go ahead on select all of the objects here, making sure that everything is aligned to the center Press control Geeta Group Once you're happy with that and then we can bring us sword to our character angrily love it. I'm place it onto his hand like so Now, in order to place it onto his hand properly, we have to do is select the fingers here. Should we select these fingers and the hands press control, See to copy it. And now we just have to paste that in place control, shift the to paste it on top of a handle. And now we have our talk holding a sort. Excellent. So that's it for this lesson in the next lesson will go through the conclusion off what we've learned in this project. I see. Well, there. 8. 7. Conclusion: so with that, we've come to the end of the flat vector or class. Now that you know the basics of creating your character, try an experiment with different shapes and colors. You can use the basic character here as a base on, maybe even decorate them with different pieces of armor or weapons. I hope you've learned a lot in this summer and that you've learned some new things in Adobe Illustrator that you can take to use in your own future projects and designs. Make sure to upload your project to the Project gallery so that we can see your creations, and I'll see you next time for the next class.