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Draw Spongebob Using Illustrator

Preview

Before starting this tutorial, let’s take a look at our final image. This image is based one of the scene in Spongebob movie. Before doing this tutorial, make sure to search for some reference from google.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 1: Spongebob Front Face

Let’s start with front face of Spongebob. Use pen tool to draw this shape. Make sure that the corners is not sharp but has a small curves.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 2

Click Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag. This effect will add wavy line onto the lines. Klik Object > Expand.

This shaoe is still too rough gor spongebob. We still need to do manual editing. Use pen tool to remove unneeded points, use Direct Selection tool to manually odify wach points. Use yellow for Fill and black for Stroke.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 3: Spongebob’s Side

Now move on to other side. As previous step, add Zig Zag effect. Do manual editing to fix the shapeand move it to back by pressing Ctrl + [.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 4: Eye

Start by drawing a white ellipse and draw a blue circle inside it. Inside the circle draw another black circle. Create three straight lines with Stroke 2 pt for Spongebob eyelashes.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 5

Duplicate Spongebob’s eye. Move it to right. Right click and choose Transform > Reflect and choose Vertical. Use scale tool to make the right eye smaller.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 6: Holes

To create holes, use ellipse tool. Repeat this process until we have few holes.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 7: Hand

Draw Spongebob’s sleeve. Draw a curve for his hand with Stroke 5 pt. Click Object > Expand. Change Fill color to yellow.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 8

Manually, use pen tool to draw Spongebob’s hand.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 9

Select hand and its arm. In Pathfinder panel choose Unite to combine both shape. Create a black ellipse and put it behind its arm.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 10

Draw another sleeve. Duplicate left hand and place it behind the sleeve.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 11: Pants

Draw a white box on front of Spongebob. Click Draw Inside icon.

Note: This feature is only available in Illustrator CS5. You can change the technique using Clipping Mask in previous version of Illustrator.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 12

In Draw Inside mode, we can directly draw inside the shape. Using pen tool draw a brown rectangle. Draw another four rectangle for his belt. Once you’re finish, double click outside the pants to return to normal mode. Place the pants behind Spongebob.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 13

Use same technique to draw other side of Spongebob’s pants.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 14

Using pen tool, draw lower part of Spongebob’s pants.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 15: Left leg

Draw this shape. Don not connect indicated points. This way, we have an open shape.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 16

Draw a curve with Stroke: 5 pt. Click Object > Expand. Change Fill color to yellow.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 17

Move his leg to behind his pants.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 18

Use pen tool to draw shoe. Add an ellipse on top of it for its highlight.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 19

Select his leg. Enter Draw Inside mode and draw white sock with two lines, red and blue, on top of it.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 20

Draw the other pant.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 21

Draw leg using previously mentioned steps. Draw a line then click Expand.

Manually, draw a shoe on top of it. Again, draw lower part of the shoe. That part is made of three shapes. Also drwa an ellipse for its highlight.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator
Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 22

Create a curve 5 pt line. See picture below for its placement. Click Object > Expand. Delete unneeded points to get a crescent shape.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 23

Select its leg. Enter Draw Inside mode. Draw white sock and draw two lines on top of it, blue and red.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 24: Mouth

Let’s start drawing smile on Spongebob’s face.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 25

Enter Draw Inside mode. Draw his teeth and throat.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 26

Draw his tongue. In the middle of the tongue, draw a triangle shape separating left and right part of the tongue.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 27: Nose

Use pen tool to draw his nose.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 28: Lips edge

Draw a 1 pt curve line next to his lips edge. Click Expand > Object. Delete unneeded point until we have a crescent shape.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 29: Pimple

Using same previous technique, draw a red line, add Expand, and modify its points. Add some red ellipse inside for his pimple.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 30

Duplicate pimple and place it on other side of his face. Rearrange the position of the ellipse shape to keep it unique.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 31: Tie

Don’t miss on Spongebob’s formal tie! It’s very easy to create it. Just draw a white shape, then send it behind. This is going to be his collar. Next, draw two red polygon for his tie.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 32: Shadow

Create a circle with black to transparent gradient.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 33

Use scale tool to change circle shadow and put it under Spongebob’s shoe.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Step 34

Duplicate previous shadow, this time try to make bigger and put it under Spongebob. Reduce transparency to 22%.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

Final Result

SO, here’s my final result. Everyone’s favorite character, Spongebob. I hope you like this tutorial as much as I do.

Mendesain Karakter Spongebob dengan Illustrator

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