- Software: Inkscape (or other vector graphics programs)
- Level: Advanced
- Subject: Don Blob
In the last part, the basic character was illustrated.
The illustration was taken from the concept stage to an intermediate stage where you are ready to add other props to the character.
Group all the layers you illustrated and send it under the concept image.
Mark an outline using the Bezier tool, and give it a base color.
You can move it aside and work on giving it details.
Use a similar workflow as you did for the main body. Put in a mid-tone shape to accentuate the outline, give it a shadow gradient, and add other details.
Add a highlight too.
After all details are added, select all the shapes of the hat and group them.
Send the concept image to the back, and then move the hat over the body. Using the concept image as a guideline, position the hat.
Cigars seem to be characteristic of ‘Don’ characters.
Bring the concept image to the front, and use it as a guideline to draw the basic outline. After that, as we did with the hat, we can move it aside and work on it.
The same workflow is followed. But you need not detail it too much as it is quite a small feature in the illustration.
Use the concept image to position the cigar in his hand. Next, draw the smoke fumes.
Draw the cigar fumes using a couple of bezier tool shaped paths and give it a sort of gray color. You can reduce its transperency and let few shapes overlap each other.
Couple of similar shapes, with a green hue, and varying transperency overlapped over each other and placed under Don Blob adds the finishing touch.
After adding few more things like the eyes, and adjusting the position of the different components, you can delete the concept image from the vector file.
(See deviantART entry for a larger version).
Group all the different shapes together, and you have got yourself a vector illustration of your character.
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