How to Draw a Minion in Adobe Illustrator

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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
Illustrator.

Start by drawing his shoes using the ‘pen tool’.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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’.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Using your ‘pen tool’ draw the following shape which will make the arms.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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!

how to draw a minion in Adobe IllustratorDraw the gloved hand shape using the ‘pen tool’. Make a copy and reflect the shape as above to create the other hand.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Using the ‘pen tool’ draw your leg shapes, bottom of the overalls and pinafore. Draw a square for the middle section.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

 

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Select all of your shapes accept for the straps and merge the shapes using the same technique as used in previous steps (Pathfinder panel).

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Draw the pupils and an off centre white ellipse in white to create light reflection.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Draw the goggles over the top of the eyes using your ‘ellipse tool’ and draw a smaller ellipse over the top.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Select the two bigger ellipses and merge them using the technique used previous to merge shapes.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator
Then, select all of your ellipses and using the ‘Pathfinder panel’ click on ‘Exclude’ to cut out the eye holes.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Colour in the goggles shape using the ‘Gradient panel’.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Draw his mouth using the ‘pen tool’ applying colour to the line only. Duplicate this layer so you have 2 copies of the mouth.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Select Effect> Blur> Gaussian Blur to create the mouth’s shadow.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Select all of the body shapes and use the ‘Pathfinder tool’ to ‘merge’ the shapes.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Create a subtle gradient fill to give your minion depth.

I’ve used a linear gradient below yellow to orange.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Create a layer behind the goggles to draw in his notches, using the ‘ellipse tool’.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Give depth and shadow to his eyes by applying a gradient to the whites.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Apply a gradient to his shoes.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.

how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Copy the entire button for the other side.
how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

Lastly, use the same technique as you used for his mouth to define his arms.

And your minion is looking great!how to draw a minion in Adobe Illustrator

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