How to Draw the Minions in Adobe Illustrator

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How to Draw the Minions in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

Today’s tutorial is going to be an absolute
blast since we’re going to take a look at the process of drawing and
illustrating the Minions, some of the funniest characters that have ever made an appearance
on the big screen.

Oh, and don’t forget you can always expand
the pack by heading over to GraphicRiver where you’ll find a great selection of
illustrated characters to pick from.

That being said, make
sure you treat yourself with a cold glass of banana milkshake, and let’s get
started!

1. How to Set Up a New Project File

Since I’m sure you already have
Illustrator up and running in the background, bring it up and let’s set up a New Document (File > New or Control-N)
for our project using the following settings:

  • Number
    of Artboards:
    1
  • Width:
    320
    px
  • Height:
    600
    px
  • Units:
    Pixels

And from the Advanced tab:

  • Color
    Mode:
    RGB
  • Raster
    Effects:
    Screen (72ppi)
  • Preview Mode: Default
setting up a new document

2. How to Set Up the Layers

Once we’ve finished setting up our project
file, we’ll want to structure our document using several layers, since this
way we can maintain a steady workflow by focusing on one character at a time. 

The way that we’re going to be using the layers is by digitally sketching out
the anatomy and details of each character onto the “sketch” section, and then
going onto the layer underneath and recreating them using basic geometric
shapes combined with Pen Tool generated
ones.

That being said, bring up the Layers panel, and create a total of six
layers, which we will rename as follows:

  • layer 1: stuart
  • layer 2: sketch for stuart
  • layer 3: kevin
  • layer 4: sketch for kevin
  • layer 5: bob
  • layer 6: sketch
    for bob
setting up the layers

Quick tip: I’ve colored all of
my layers using the same green value for the sake of the tutorial, since it’s
the easiest one to view when used to highlight your selected shapes (whether closed or open paths).

3. How to Draw Stuart

We’re going to start by drawing the tritagonist’s
basic anatomic shapes, and then gradually add details until we have a version
that feels ready enough to add shapes too. That being said, make sure you’re on
the right layer (that would be the second one), and then lock all the other
ones so that we can get started.

Step 1

With every drawing
project, we want to start by figuring out the anatomy of the character, and
we’ll do so by drawing the basic guideline for the head. We’re going to rely on
the Paintbrush Tool (B) and use one
of Illustrator’s default Calligraphic brushes (Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic >
Artistic_Calligraphic
) with a 1 px blue
(#3994F7) Stroke to draw a simple
circle positioned towards the upper half of the underlying Artboard.

Step 2

Draw the face’s
vertical guideline followed by the horizontal one, which we will position
slightly over the head’s upper half as seen in the reference image. We’ll be
using these lines later on to place the facial features, so make sure you
portion them correctly.

Step 3

Use the length of the
lower section of the head’s vertical guideline to determine the height of the
character’s body, drawing it using another line segment.

Step 4

Separate the body’s
upper section from its bottom one using another horizontal guideline, making
sure to make the latter shorter.

Step 5

Delimit the body’s
lower end using a second horizontal guideline.

Step 6

Connect the character’s
head to its body using two vertical guidelines starting from the center of the
circle’s outer edges, going all the way down to the third horizontal line.

Step 7

Create the guidelines
for the hands using two curved lines, which we will position onto the side of
the body, right between the circle and the second horizontal line.

Quick tip: As you can see, I’ve
gone for a more behind-the-body approach, but you can feel free to draw them using
any position you’d like, making the project more your own.

Step 8

Finally, draw the
legs using two short diagonal lines ending each of them with a similar length
horizontal one. Now, before you move on to the detailing process, make sure you
select and group all of the blue lines together using the Control-G keyboard shortcut, so that you can quickly edit them if
you find you need to later on.

Step 9

From this moment on,
we’re going to start adding details to the basic anatomic structure that we’ve
created, using red (#F46B3B) as our
Stroke
color. That being said, make sure you switch your color and then
draw the outer section of the character’s eye goggle using a pretty large
circle.

Step 10

Add the goggle’s
inner section followed by the actual eye, which as you can see has a little
top-right cutout.

Step 11

Next, focus on the
strap which has two smaller side sections, followed by two larger ones.

Step 12

Quickly draw the goggle’s
little bolt heads using a couple of curved lines as seen in the reference
image.

Step 13

Take a couple of
moments and focus on the mouth, which is one of the facial features that will
make the character stand out.

Step 14

Draw the lower
section of the pants using a curved line positioned between the second and
third horizontal guidelines.

Step 15

Add the pants’ upper
section by drawing a nice curved line that goes all the way up to the head
guideline’s lower edge.

Step 16

Take a couple of
moments, and finish up the pants by drawing the center pocket followed by the
two diagonal suspenders.

Step 17

Focus on the hands,
by drawing the end sections of the gloves, followed by the actual hands which
will go underneath the suspenders.

Step 18

Move on down towards
the legs and quickly draw them making sure to add the circular shadow once you’re
done.

Step 19

Finish off the
sketch, by adding the little hair segments, making sure to select all of the
red lines (Select > Same > Stroke
Color
) and then group (Control-G)
them together before moving on to the illustrating process.

4. How to Illustrate Stuart

For the next few minutes, we’re going to
recreate the character using basic geometric shapes, following the guidelines
that we’ve just laid out. That being said, make sure you lock the current
character’s sketch layer, and move down to the one underneath.

Step 1

Start out by covering up the main sections of the body using different shades of gray in order to know
which shape is which. Take your time, and once you’re done, move on to the next
step.

Quick Tip: if you feel that
sketch lines are too distracting, you can always go back to their layer and
lower their Opacity to something
that feels better to work with.

 Step 2

Once you’ve laid out the basic shapes for the character’s main composing
sections, you can then start adding details such as the eye, mouth, hair, etc.

Step 3

At this point, we’re
pretty much done working on the character, which means we can turn off the
guidelines by hiding their layer, and then focus on adding a couple of
finishing touches by casting a couple of down-facing shadows here and there.

Step 4

Finish off the character by swapping out
the gray color scheme for a more vivid one using the values indicated below:

  • head, body and arms: #FFDA66
  • eye and teeth: #FFFFFF
  • hair, eye pupil, goggle band, mouth,
    gloves, shoes, and circular shadow: #2B3249
  • front section of the pants: #849ED8
  • suspenders, side pockets, front pocket,
    leg sections: #667EB2
  • goggle’s outer section: #BDC9E5
  • goggle’s inner section, side strap
    elements, and bolt elements: #7E8CA8
  • strap side elements’ inner section: #50617C
  • eye shadow: #D3D3D3
  • body shadows: #FFB266
  • pants pocket shadows:
    #516A96
finishing off stuart

5. How to Draw Kevin

Assuming you’ve finished working on the
first character, lock all its layers, and then move on up to the next one (that
would be the fourth one) where we will start drawing our second minion.

Step 1

As we did with
Stuart, start out by drawing the basic anatomic structure, only this time use a
smaller circle for the head and a longer line for his body. Once you’re done,
make sure you select and group (Control-G)
each of the blue guide lines together before moving on to the next step.

Step 2

Once we’ve laid out our
basic skeleton, we can start adding details to it, and we will do so by creating
the character’s eyes and goggles.

Step 3

Draw the pants,
making sure to end the upper section near the point where the right hand
starts.

Step 4

Next, add the character’s
mouth, hands, and legs.

Step 5

Finish off the
sketch by adding the final details, making sure to select and group (Control-G) each of the red guidelines before
moving on to the next part of the process.

6. How to Illustrate Kevin

For the next part, we’re going to recreate
the character using basic geometric shapes as we did with Stuart, so make sure
you lock the current character’s sketch layer, and move down to the one underneath.

Step 1

Cover up the main
sections of the body using different shades of gray as seen in the reference
image.

Step 2

Once you’ve laid out
the basic shapes for the character’s main composing sections, you can then
start adding details such as the eyes, mouth, hair, etc.

Step 3

At this point, we can
turn off the guidelines, and then focus on adding a couple of finishing touches
by casting a couple of down-facing shadows as we did with Stuart.

Step 4

Finish off the current character by swapping
out the gray color scheme for a more vivid one using the values indicated
below:

  • head, body and arms: #FFDA66
  • eyes and teeth: #FFFFFF
  • hair, eye pupils, goggle band, mouth,
    gloves, shoes, and circular shadow: #2B3249
  • front section of the pants: #849ED8
  • suspenders, side pockets, front pocket,
    leg sections: #667EB2
  • goggles’ outer section: #BDC9E5
  • goggles’ inner section, side strap
    elements, and bolt elements: #7E8CA8
  • strap side elements’ inner section: #50617C
  • eye shadows: #D3D3D3
  • body shadows: #FFB266
  • pants pocket shadows:
    #516A96
finishing off kevin

7. How to Draw Bob

We are now down to our third and last Minion,
so assuming you’ve positioned yourself onto the right layer (that would be the
sixth one), let’s wrap things up.

Step 1

As we did with all
the previous characters, start out by drawing the basic anatomic structure,
making sure you select and group (Control-G)
each of the blue guide lines together before moving on to the next step.

Step 2

Once we’ve laid out our
basic anatomic structure, we can start adding details to it, and we will do so
by creating the character’s eyes and goggles.

Step 3

Next, draw the pants
since we’ll use them to position some of the other details.

Step 4

Take a couple of
moments and draw Bob’s mouth, hands, and legs.

Step 5

Finish off the
sketch by adding the final details, making sure to select and group (Control-G) each of the red guidelines before
moving on to the last part of the process.

8. How to Illustrate Bob

As we did with all the other characters,
we’re going to recreate Bob using basic geometric shapes, so make sure you lock the
current character’s sketch layer, and move down to the one underneath.

Step 1

Start by covering up
the main sections of the body using different shades of gray as seen in the
reference image.

Step 2

Once you’ve laid out
the basic shapes for the character’s main composing sections, you can then
start adding details such as the eyes, mouth, hair, etc.

Step 3

Turn off the
guidelines, and then focus on adding a couple of finishing touches by casting a
couple of down-facing shadows as we did with the previous two characters.

Step 4

Finish off the current character, and with
it the project itself, by swapping out the gray color scheme for a more vivid
one using the values indicated below:

  • head, body, and arms: #FFDA66
  • eyes and teeth: #FFFFFF
  • hair, eye pupils, goggle band, mouth,
    gloves, shoes, and circular shadow: #2B3249
  • front section of the pants: #849ED8
  • suspenders, side pockets, front pocket,
    leg sections: #667EB2
  • goggles’ outer section: #BDC9E5
  • goggles’ inner section, side strap
    elements, and bolt elements: #7E8CA8
  • strap side elements’ inner section: #50617C
  • eye shadows: #D3D3D3
  • body shadows: #FFB266
  • pants pocket shadows:
    #516A96
finishing off bob

It’s a Wrap!

Great work, fellow Minion
lovers! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial, and most importantly had fun while
recreating these little guys.

finished project preview

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Author: Andrei Stefan

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2017-09-28T12:04:55+00:00