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Planet of the Apes

Thanks for another great class about clever and process-speeding-up techniques in Adobe Illustrator. It's fascinating how much stuff one can learn in such a short time.

1. SKETCH
I just started with some basic shapes and ended up with this little monkey holding a little planet with his kinetic super powers.

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2. CREATING THE SHAPE

I never thought that it will be possible to re-create my sketch without using the en tool at all. But it worked. This is how I did it:

a) The helmet is just a rectangle united with a sphere and placed inside again by "Offset path". The ears and nearly all face features are created with one sphere by using various Pathfinder options.

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b) The pants I created by drawing a rectangle and subtracting a sphere from each side of it. For the little badge I re-used the helmet.

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c) To work out the "line-work" for the arms and legs I duplicated the helmet and cut the path to me needs and adjusted the line weight, for example to create the gloves.

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3. COLORING

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You can find the final piece with texture-shading in the Project Gallery of Hayden's Texture Class

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