In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a detailed Bulldog face. I’ll be using a variety of tools and tricks along the way. I’ll be going in depth in creating vivid fur for the Bulldog. These techniques can be applied to other elements in vector art, so it’s definitely worth the read.Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator
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- Instant download of PDF e-book (25 pages, 38 steps)
- Comes with Ai file for easy reference
- Detailed step by step tutorial to draw a nice realistic bulldog's face
Create the Ears
30.Let's start by creating the ears of the bulldog. Use the Pen Tool (P) to create three objects as shown below. Once your objects are drawn, fill the red object with the linear gradient and then apply a 10px Feather for it. Next, select the yellow object, fill it with R=40, G=30, B=20 and then apply a 3px Gaussian Blur for it. Finally, select the remaining object, fill it with R=162, G=152, B=133 and apply a 4px Gaussian Blur for it.
31. Let’s work on creating the fur on the ear. First, create a new layer, name it “Ear Fur” and place this layer just above the “Face Fur” layer. Now pick the Pencil Tool (N), follow the direction of the red arrows and create curved paths as you can see in the images below. Reselect and group (Ctrl +G) all the newly created paths. Next, fill this group with none, add 1px stroke (R=207, G=198, B=188) and apply the Width Profile 1 for the result. Keep the resulting group selected. Apply a 1px Feather then set it to Blending Mode Multiply and reduce the Opacity to 70%.
32. Now, follow the sequence of images. Draw some other objects and set the data for them similar to the ones found below.
33. Continue to draw more fur between the face and ear until you have something like
shown in the images below.
34. To add the shadow of the ear, first draw a curved path as you can see in the image below. Fill this path with none, add a 7px stroke (R=0, G=0, B=0) and apply the Width Profile 5 for the result. Keep the resulting object selected. Apply a 3px Gaussian Blur then set it to Blending Mode Multiply. Next, hide this object behind the “Ear” group.
35. Select the newly created object and the “Ear” group. Reflect them vertically and place
the duplicates on the other side of the face. Now unlock (Ctrl +Alt +2) all the shapes
hidden in the previous steps. Select and group (Ctrl +G) all the shapes created from
step 2 up to this time. By this time, we are done with the Bulldog face and it should look
like the second image below.
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