If you have kinder to school aged kids you will love the minions…
Even if you don’t have kids, what’s not to love? Here I’m going to
take you through step by step how to draw a Minion in Adobe
Start by drawing his shoes using the ‘pen tool’.
Tip: With each element you draw, create a new layer in the layers palette so as you can easily recolour and manipulate your shapes.
Draw the head by drawing a circle using the ‘ellipse tool’.
Tip: select the ‘ellipse tool’ and click anywhere within the art-board. This will bring up an options box. Make the ellipse width and height the same to create a symmetrical circle. This method can be repeated for all of the shape tools and throughout this tutorial.
Draw an overlapping rectangle using the ‘rectangle tool’. Line it up so that fits into the ellipse.
Using your ‘pen tool’ draw the following shape which will make the arms.
Copy the arms shape and go to Object> Transform> Reflect. Change to ‘Horizontal’ and type in 90 degrees. Click okay.
This will flip the object to create a mirror image of your shape for the opposite side.
Select all of your body shapes and click on Window > Pathfinder> Click ‘Merge’.
This action joins all of your body shapes to created 1 shape – very cool!
Draw the gloved hand shape using the ‘pen tool’. Make a copy and reflect the shape as above to create the other hand.
Using the ‘pen tool’ draw your leg shapes, bottom of the overalls and pinafore. Draw a square for the middle section.
Select all of your shapes accept for the straps and merge the shapes using the same technique as used in previous steps (Pathfinder panel).
Now you can apply a gradient to his overalls by clicking on Window> Gradient> and adjust the gradient with the sliders, change colours etc.
Select the straps and click on the ‘eye dropper tool’ then click on the overalls to replicate the gradient fill on your straps.
Draw the head straps using the ‘pen tool’. Colour in your straps using the gradient tool.
You will need to use a bit of your own creative judgement with gradient fills.
Draw the whites of the eyes with your ‘ellipse tool’ and then the iris of the eyes. Colour your iris’s using the gradient tool but, change the type to ‘radial’ to give a more realistic effect.
Draw the pupils and an off centre white ellipse in white to create light reflection.
Behind the eyes on a new layer below, draw 4 tan coloured ellipses and blur them to create shading. To do this, select all of your ellipses, click on Effect> Blue> Gaussian Blur.
Draw the goggles over the top of the eyes using your ‘ellipse tool’ and draw a smaller ellipse over the top.
Select the two bigger ellipses and merge them using the technique used previous to merge shapes.
Then, select all of your ellipses and using the ‘Pathfinder panel’ click on ‘Exclude’ to cut out the eye holes.
Colour in the goggles shape using the ‘Gradient panel’.
Draw his mouth using the ‘pen tool’ applying colour to the line only. Duplicate this layer so you have 2 copies of the mouth.
On your ‘Layers panel’ work on the original mouth layer and not the copy (the original will be below the one you just created/underneath). Adjust the stroke of your line to a heavier weight (I’ve used 6pt).
You can locate the stroke weight here whenever you select a line you have drawn.
Select Effect> Blur> Gaussian Blur to create the mouth’s shadow.
Use the ‘pen tool’ to draw his hair. Draw the following shape and duplicate it to create his tufts of hair. Re-size a few to make them longer.
Select all of the shapes and copy and paste a copy. Select Object> Transform> Reflect
to create the tufts of hair on the other side.
Select all of the body shapes and use the ‘Pathfinder tool’ to ‘merge’ the shapes.
Create a subtle gradient fill to give your minion depth.
I’ve used a linear gradient below yellow to orange.
Create a layer behind the goggles to draw in his notches, using the ‘ellipse tool’.
Give depth and shadow to his eyes by applying a gradient to the whites.
Apply a gradient to his shoes.
Use your ‘pen tool’ to draw his little pocket and use the eye dropper to select the same gradient as used on the rest of his overalls. Adjust the gradient as required.
Make a copy of the pocket and turn off the fill to create a line only. Open your ‘stroke panel’ by going to: Window> Stroke> and create a dashed line by clicking the ‘dashed line’ check box. Enter 2pt into all boxes as below to create a broken line.
Move the shape over the pocket and re-size it to look like the pockets stitching. Use your ‘pen tool’ to draw in the rest of the stitching.
Use your ‘ellipse tool’ to draw the buttons and your ‘pen tool’ to draw the crosses. Increase the stroke to create the cross as below.
Copy the entire button for the other side.
Lastly, use the same technique as you used for his mouth to define his arms.
And your minion is looking great!