Create a student character mascot with Adobe Illustrator

Create a student character mascot with Adobe Illustrator

This is an intermediate Illustrator tutorial level where you can learn how to create a vector student character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator. The techniques can easily be applied to other character design, illustrations or icons. Make a sketch or use mine for following steps.

sketch

1. Make a full contour the character.

contur-step-1

2. Duplicate it and apply an “offset path” with 3px.

contur-step-2

3. Make the following shape for coat with “Pen Tool”. You can draw it above the sketch. Apply a blue gradient to it. To use same colors like mine, use a free and simple color picker like “pixie“. Will be more easy for you to copy the code of color instead writing it.

coat-step-2

4. Make the pants. Use the following gradient settings.

pants-step-3

5. Make the legs shape, using same “Pen Tool”.

legs-step-4

6. For shoes we will use three layers (in second one we mix and the socks). First shape:

feet-step-5

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  1. January 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Really nice mascot…lovely final result!

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  5. January 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Is wonderful, I am amazed.

  6. January 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    it looks so easy and yet requires so much practice. thanks for sharing your technique, it’s nice to see you’re using layers/shapes for all the outlines! and nice result :)

  7. reADactor
    January 15, 2010 at 12:35 am

    thanks.

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  11. January 17, 2010 at 12:30 am

    The result is not bad, but the combination of gradient with blues and gray is not really cool.

    • reADactor
      January 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

      matter of taste. regards

  12. January 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    maybe, but it looks old-fashioned for me )

    • reADactor
      January 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      and you felt is need to tell that twice, in a tutorial about anything then background. :)

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  16. January 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Great resources. I will add an ref from my site to this tutorial.
    Thanks

    • reADactor
      January 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

      thanks

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  21. Erick
    May 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    great tut!

  22. May 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I always use Adobe illustrator at work because i work in an animation studio. this is really a serious tool for the graphic artist..”‘

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    Adobe Illustrator has more features than its competitors `

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  30. September 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    thanks a lot very interesting tutorials

  31. September 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    thanks a lot very interesting tutorials.

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  34. November 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    adboe illustrator is feature packed and i love all of its great features ”

  35. December 14, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Bookmarked! Thanks.

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    Super-Duper blog! Love it!! Will be back later to read again. I am taking your feeds also.

  37. January 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Great article. Waiting for more.

  38. February 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I tried and it works thanks for sharing

  39. Ina
    July 14, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Thanks heaps for posting this tutorial on mascot character design. The student looks cute in an odd, quirky way. I tried illustrating a mascot design for a project of mine and couldn’t seem to get it right. In the end I decided on getting some professional help. The designers at http://www.mascotdesigncorner.com managed to realize my vision of illustrating a character design that was above expectations. I highly recommend them. For the price I paid it was indeed a steal. I guess I am not good at designing at all. Anyway, thanks for providing a source of inspiration I might add. This site rocks big time!

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  47. October 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the arcticle, very useful!

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  49. February 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I like the mascot but I don’t know how to do

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  53. July 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Amazing !

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