by Julya Buhain . February 18th, 2014
Today, at YouTheDesigner – we’re teaching you how to make a very simple vector of a penguin in Adobe Illustrator. This is a very basic tutorial that’s perfect for beginners.
The first thing we do is make an oval. Select the Ellipse Tool (L) on the illustrator and make a long oval. Next, use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to play with the paths until you have something that’s similar to the figure below! Don’t worry about it being perfectly even, as long as one side looks decent!
Create a rectangle over the side you’re satisfied with. Open up the Pathfinder tool and select CROP. So that you’re left with one side of the penguin.
Select the object, copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) it on the document. Highlight the opposite part, now go to OBJECT > TRANSFORM > REFLECT – and select Horizontal! Make sure your Smart Guides are on and position it next to each other. Select UNITE.
Duplicate the penguin’s body by copying and pasting again. Now using the Selection Tool (V), change the fill to white. Make it smaller and skinnier then the penguin’s base!
To create the arms, we now duplicated the penguin’s body again and make it skinnier. Now, I aligned to the tip of the penguin’s belly. Made another copy and pasted it. I went to OBJECT > TRANSFORM > REFLECT > HORIZONTAL again to flip it over. The beak is made from the same concept. It’s the body flipped over vertically and attached on-top of the body. The eyes are just circles with stroke! The feet are made with the use of the rounded rectangle tool.
Add your extras! I made a quick background using the pen tool and some gradients. Here’s my end result:
If you want to read more tutorials like this, you can check out last week’s edition of Tutorial Tuesday. Like it? Love it? We hope this tutorial has helped you in some way! Whether you liked it, loved it or thought you could have done it better – let us know in the comments. If you’ve made anything using this tutorial, let us know in the comments!
Julya leads the double life of being a graphic designer and a writer. Some of her favourite things in the world are nicely kerned typefaces, bubble tea and nerd humor. She holds the world record for watching the film Inception more times than necessary.