Important Notice:

As of September 15, we will no longer publish new courses on We encourage you to begin learning on Pluralsight where you have access to 5,000+ courses and can take advantage of new platform features that measure your skills and make learning a breeze.
Recreating a Character Sketch in Illustrator
See Details
Released May 3, 2010
In this series of lessons we'll focus on recreating a character sketch as a vector illustration. We'll begin this course by learning how we can place our character sketch into Illustrator and use it as a template. Next, we'll begin to create a silhouette of our character by isolating and drawing in basic shape areas. From there, we'll learn how we can use Illustrator's pathfinder panel and these basic shape areas to create the smaller shapes that make up the details of our character. We'll then learn how we can clean up our document and eliminate some of the unnecessary anchor points that have been created. Next, we'll establish a light source and use Illustrator's gradient tools to create both shadows and highlights. Finally, we'll complete our character by adding in a few smaller details as well as clean up our silhouette.