In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to create a detailed grasshopper. Join me as I draw each part of the grasshopper using the basic tools, effects and vector shape building techniques of Adobe Illustrator. As we go along, you will learn how to add the shading and highlights on those parts to give a more 3D look. Let’s begin!

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Difficulty: Intermediate

What will you get?

• Comes with Ai file for easy reference
• Detailed step by step tutorial to draw a nice realistic Grasshopper

Create the Walking Legs

52. With the help of the Pencil Tool (N), create an object as shown below. Once your object is drawn, fill it with the linear gradient and add a 4px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke). Continue to create another object as you can see in the third image. Fill it with R=19, G=12, B=11 and apply a 2px Feather effect for the resulting shape.

53. With the help of Pen Tool (P), create an object similar with the image and fill this object with R=136, G=45, B=0. Continue to create another object and fill it with R=93, G=39, B=16, then apply a 5px Feather effect for the resulting shape. Keep working with the Pen Tool (P) and create a curved path as shown in the fifth image. Next, fill this path with none and add a 2px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke), then apply the Width Profile 1 for the result.

54. Now, follow the sequence of images and draw the remaining parts of the walking leg similar to the ones from below. You can also see them in the final image.

55. Let’s work on creating another walking leg. First draw some objects and fill them similar with the images below.

56. With the help of Pen Tool (P), create an object and fill it with the linear gradient, then apply a 5px Feather effect for the resulting shape. Keep working with the Pen Tool (P) and create a curved path. Next, fill this path with none and add a 2px stroke (apply the linear gradient across stroke then apply the Width Profile 1 for the result. Continue to create another object as you can see in the fifth image. Once your object is drawn, fill it R=36, G=0, B=0 and apply a 6px Feather effect for the resulting shape.

57. Follow the sequence of images and draw the remaining parts of the walking leg similar to the ones from below.

58. Repeat the process in the previous steps to create another walking leg. Group (Ctrl +G) all the shapes of the new leg and place this group to the position as shown in the second image, then send it to back (Ctrl +Shift +Left Square Bracket).