Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Little Red Riding Hood

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Let’s create this cute character in vector.  You will use the Pen Tool (P) and basic shapes such as the Rectangle Tool (M), the Ellipse Tool (L) and the Polygon Tool. This is a great tutorial for those who are getting the hang of Adobe Illustrator’s basic tools. Follow the steps below.

Create a Little Red Riding Hood Character in Adobe Illustrator

1. Create the face

Step 1

Let’s start by creating a New document. Then we will draw a circle (color R=223, G=178, B=139), using the Ellipse Tool (L). You want nice even circle, so you need to press and hold the Shift key for this. This will be the face of a little girl.

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2. Create the eyes

Step 1

Next – the eyes. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) (color R=242, G=242, B=242) and draw another circle for an eye. If you put an eye in the lower part of the face, the Little Red Riding Hood will look more child like.

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Step 2

Create another two circles as shown on the image below. Those are pupil of the eye (color R=84, G=49, B=36,) and a highlight (color R=255, G=255, B=255).

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Step 3

Now we draw the eyelashes, using the Pen Tool (P). Use the same brown color as a pupil of the eye. Change the direction of the Pen Tool to finish the first eyelash.

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Step 4

Continue to draw second eyelash, than the third. Also don’t forget to close the path.

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Step 5

Now you have the eyelashes, however they are above the eye. Just drag them closer to eye and then drag it below the eye circles in the Layers panel.

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Step 6

Now we will simply create another eye. Select whole eye with eyelashes (but not a face) and right-click on the mouse. Select Transform > Reflect. A dialogue window will appear, asking you to enter the axis of your reflection. You need to check Vertical and press Copy. Keep the selection of the second eye and drag it on the right side of the face.

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Step 7

Align eyes. Select two eyes, right-click on your mouse and select Group (Ctrl + G). Keep those selecting and holding Shift key select also a face. Go to Align panel (Window > Align) and press Horizontal Align Center.

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3. Create the mouth

Step 1

Draw a pink circle (color R=235, G=122, B=121).

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Step 2

Holding together Shift + Alt, move this circle a little up. The button Shift is for moving straight, and the button Alt – for duplicating the object. In Pathfinder panel, select Minus Front. Now you have a mouth.

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Step 3

Place her mouth on her face.

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4. Create the cheeks

Step 1

Let’s add some rosy cheeks, they are a great characteristic of youth and being in the fresh air. So, let’s draw the pink cheeks! Use the Ellipse Tool (L) to create an ellipse (color R=223, G=160, B=133).

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Step 2

Rotate the ellipse to the left.

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Step 3

Create the second cheek by selecting the first one and right-click your mouse and select Transform > Reflect. Select Vertical and click the Copy button in the Reflect Panel. Now you have two cheeks. Put them on the face.

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5. Create the hair

Step 1

You will need the Pen Tool (P) and the fill color R=135, G=83, B=65. Try to draw as shown on image below.

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Step 2

Continue drawing. Of course, you can draw another haircut, if you would like.

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Step 3

Lets add some highlights to the hair. Again use the Pen Tool (P) and the fill color R=144, G=96, B=77.

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Step 4

Make a few more. For more convenience you should draw the highlights directly over the hair.

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6. Create the hood and cape

Step 1

The hood. Select the face and press Ctrl + C and after that Ctrl + B to duplicate the face behind. Keep the new circle selected, choose the fill color R=204, G=72, B=69 for it and make a little bit bigger than the face.

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Step 2

Take the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select the highest anchor on the hood. Then press few times the key up on your keyboard.

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Step 3

For the cape, choose red color as a hood (you can use for it the Eyedropper Tool (I). Then select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape as shown on the image below.

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Step 4

Select this shape by the Selection Tool (V) and right-click your mouse. Select Transform > Reflect. On dialogue window what will appear select Vertical reflection and press Copy. You will have the same picture.

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Step 5

Place the cape. under the head of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Step 6

Choose the fill color R=242, G=118, B=140 and using the Pen Tool (P) draw the same shape as on the image below. Also you could create this shape from the Ellipse Tool (L) by adding or removing anchors. It’s a dress. Put a dress on its place and put it under the cape, using Ctrl + X and Ctrl + B.

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Et voilà! If you want you can create a light pink square and place it behind your character to create a nice background. I hope you liked it!


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