Premium Tutorial: Fun & Cute Polaroid Robot

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Polaroid robot illustration for my past t-shirt graphic project. Drawing this illustration is pretty easy. I am not going to use a lot of gradient so the graphic is easier to print on t-shirt. You just need to know the basic of using pen, shapes, and pathfinder, the rest are just patience and happy thought. Please enjoy~

Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

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19. Drawing the legs is easy as 1, 2, 3. Just use previous methods and tricks. Draw the basic shapes first, using shapes and Pen Tool. Then, add a shadows and highlights. And finally, put simple shapes as details. Don't forget to group the whole leg and clone it to be the robot's left leg.

20. As you can see at the screenshot below, the robot is a bit unbalance between the top and bottom part. So I decided to add jets as another detail. First, make a basic shape, then add shadows and details using pen and star tool.

21. Clone the jet and put them at the waist part of the body. Well done, the legs and jets are done! But wait, the legs are a bit weird, aren't they? Don't worry, because we will cover it by photograph in the next step.

22. Make a new layer. Name it: Girlfriend. We are going to make the polaroid photograph come out of the belly. Draw the photo paper on top of the droid using rectangle tool. Modify its path to create a perspective. Then select it and offset the path (Object > Path > Offset Path). Set the offset to about -8 px. Modify the path again and color it blue, #72CDDF. See the screenshot.

23. At the Layers panel, clone the head, body, and arms part of the droid (drag and drop at the Create New Layer button). Then put them as one layer at Girlfriend layer. Then group them (select the layer then press Ctrl + G). Delete the rest blank group. Resize the droid's girlfriend to fit the blue part of photo paper.

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About The Author: Rukma

Rukma Pratista is a bipedal omnivore who likes to draw, photograph, and create something beautiful. He established Gravakadavra Studio in 2008, a studio which is focuses in static design, illustration, photography, publishing, branding, and advertising.

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