How to Create a Candy Monster Character in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

In
this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a candy monster cartoon
character in Adobe Illustrator. 

There are plenty of techniques used
throughout the entire tutorial, from textures to small details, a new
Blend Art Brush, masking techniques, reverse spine blending options, and even a 3D effect. Not to mention the colorful candy and jelly
worms that are fun to draw. 

By the end of the tutorial, you will have
the skills to draw other cartoon characters in future projects. Let’s
start!

If
you are hungry for more cartoon characters or cartoon styles in
general, make sure to go over to GraphicRiver and you’ll surely find
what you are looking for there. 

1. How
to Open a New Document 

Launch
Illustrator
and
go to
File
> New
to
open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the
dimensions, and then select
Pixels
as the Units
and
RGB
as the Color
Mode
.
Make sure that
Align
New Objects to Pixel Grid
is
not checked.

Next,
go to
Edit
> Preferences > General
and
set the
Keyboard
Increment
to
1
px
and
while there, go to
Units
to
make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with
these settings, and they will help you throughout the drawing process.

how to open a new illustrator document

2. How
to Create the Body of the Monster

Step
1

Take
the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 192 x 339 px ellipse on your artboard
(1). Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and use it to select
only the right and left points; then move them outwards to make the
ellipse rounder (2). Now, select only the bottom point and drag the
handles to make them longer (3).

how to draw the body of the monster

Step
2

Make
a few extra adjustments to get the shape from the image below and
fill it with light blue. This will be the “body shape”.

how to color the body of the monster

3. How
to Create the Eyes of the Monster

Step
1

Draw
two shapes like the ones in the following image as the eyes and give them a 1
pt
light blue Stroke. They don’t have to be perfectly rounded.

Select
only the left eye and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel.
Change the settings as indicated and hit OK. As a result, you will get
the outer contour of the eye.

how to create the left eye contour of the monster

Step
2

Select
the right eye and go to
Effect
> 3D > Extrude & Bevel

again. The settings are the same except for the rotation
coordinates
and the light, which you have to move from the upper right side
(default) to the upper left side.

how to create the right eye contour of the monster

Step
3

Zoom in on the eyes and draw the eyeballs inside the 3D contours, making sure
not to cover the shading and highlights created by the 3D effect (1).
Fill the eyeball shapes with the radial gradient shown (2), and you
can see the result in the image below (3).

how to draw the eyeballs of the monster

Step
4

Use
the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a small 18 x 19 px ellipse as the iris
for the right eye. Select light brown as the fill color; then go to
Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow and apply the settings shown (1).

Next,
grab the Pencil Tool (N) and draw a random star-like path over the
iris (2). Use the Ink Spatter 1 Scatter Brush from the Brush
Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_Ink
and reduce the Stroke
Weight
to 0.1 pt. Set the Blending Mode to Multiply (3).

Select
the iris shape and Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) in order
to make a copy of it in front of everything. Remove all existing
appearances. Now, select the stroked path along with the copy of the
iris and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7) (4).

how to create the iris of the monster

Step
5

Draw
a 7 x 7 px black circle in the center of the iris as the pupil (1).

To
add a sparkle, draw a small circle in the upper right side filled
with a basic white to black radial gradient (2), and then set the
Blending Mode to Screen (3).

how to draw the pupil of the monster

Step
6

Select
the iris, the stroked path, the pupil, and the sparkle, and make copies
of them for the left eye.

Group
(Control-G)
all the shapes that make up each eye to keep things
organized in the Layers panel.

how to create the left iris and pupil of the monster

Step
7

Select
the left eye contour, go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow, and
apply this effect twice using the settings shown.

how to add shadow around the monsters left eye

Step
8

Now,
select the right eye contour and apply the two Drop Shadow effects.
The settings are the same as above, except for the X Offset, which is
negative this time.

how to add shadow around the monsters right eye

4. How
to Create the Mouth of the Monster

Step
1

Take
the Pen Tool (P) and draw a big mouth shape for all that candy, and fill it with a dark burgundy red (1). While this shape stays
selected, go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and apply the
settings shown (2) to obtain the blue bottom lip. Apply the Drop
Shadow
effect again, using the other settings shown (3) to obtain the
upper lip.

how to create the mouth and lips of the monster

Step
2

With
the mouth shape still selected, apply the third Drop Shadow effect to
obtain a thin highlight line above the upper lip (1).

Apply
the Drop Shadow effect for the last time to obtain the highlight line
under the bottom lip (2).

how to add highlight around the monsters lips

Step
3

Select
the mouth and Copy and
Paste
in Front (Control-F)

to make a copy of it. Remove the four Drop Shadow effects and just
keep the dark red fill color (1). Draw a similar but smaller shape at
the top of the mouth and fill it with a lighter shade (2).

Now,
select both shapes and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options.
Choose 20 Specified Steps, hit OK, and then go back to Object >
Blend > Make (Alt-Control-B)
(3).

how to create depth in the mouth of the monster

Step
4

Next,
take the Pen Tool (P) and draw four paths on the lips (1). Give them
a 1 pt white Stroke and use the Black Blend Art Brush 100×3 (info
below). Set the Blending Mode to Overlay for all four (2).

I
have an entire tutorial dedicated to
Blend
Art Brushes
and
how useful they are. I use them in my drawings all the time. You can
find out how to create and save the
Black
Blend Art Brush 100×3
that
we are using today in
How
to Create a Set of Multi-Use Blend Brushes in Adobe Illustrator
.

Since
the Colorization of the brush is set to Tints, when you select white
as the stroke color, the brush becomes white as well, despite its
name. The same thing happens with any other color.

how to add shine on the monsters lips

5. How
to Create the Tongue of the Monster

Step
1

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a shape like the one in the following image as the
back piece of the tongue (1). Continue with the front piece and fill
it with red (2).

how to draw the tongue of the monster

Step
2

Draw
a path through the middle of the back piece and move it behind the
front piece of the tongue (1). Give it a 1 pt Stroke using the color
indicated and select Width Profile 2 in the Stroke panel.

With
the path still selected, go to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow
and apply the settings shown. Reduce the Opacity to 75%, but only for
the Stroke attribute, and you can see the result below (2).

how to add detail on back tongue of the monster

Step
3

Next,
draw a path through the middle of the front piece of the tongue (1). Give
it a 1 pt Stroke using the color indicated and select Width
Profile 2
again. Set this Stroke attribute to 75% Opacity.

With
the path still selected, go to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow
and apply the settings shown (2).

how to add detail on front tongue of the monster

6. How
to Create the Teeth of the Monster

Step
1

Grab
the Pen Tool (P) and draw the shapes of the four top teeth filled
with beige (1). Next, draw a similar but smaller shape above each
tooth filled with cream (2) and finally, four smaller shapes filled
with white (3).

Now,
select the three shapes that make up the first tooth and go to Object
> Blend > Blend Options
. Choose 10 Specified Steps and hit OK, and then go back to Object > Blend > Make (Alt-Control-B).
Repeat the same thing for the other three teeth (4).

how to create the top teeth of the monster

Step
2

Follow
the technique explained above and create the four bottom teeth.

how to create the bottom teeth of the monster

Step
3

Group
(Control-G)
the four top teeth and apply the Drop Shadow effect to
create a shadow. Do the same thing for the bottom teeth.

how to add shadow to the monsters teeth

Step
4

Select
the two pieces of the tongue and apply the Drop Shadow effect using
the settings shown.

how to add shadow to the monsters tongue

Step
5

It’s
finally time for a mask. Select the mouth shape and then Copy and
Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) to make a copy of it in front of
everything. Remove all existing appearances (1).

Now,
select this copy of the mouth along with the top teeth, the bottom
teeth, and the tongue, and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make
(Control-7)
. You can see the result in the image below (2).

how to mask the teeth and tongue of the monster

7. How
to Add Texture on the Monster’s Body

Step
1

Grab
the Pencil Tool (N) and draw a random path on the body of the monster, and then send it behind the eyes and the mouth (1). Give it a 1 pt white
Stroke using the Ink Drop Scatter Brush from the Brush Libraries Menu
> Artistic > Artistic_Ink
(2).

While
the Stroke attribute stays selected in the Appearance panel, go to
Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a Radius of 2.5 px. Set
the Blending Mode to Overlay and reduce the Opacity to 20% (3).

how to add light spots on the monsters body

Step
2

With
the path still selected, add a New Stroke in the Appearance panel
above the first. Use the Ink Drop Scatter Brush again, but open the
Stroke Options window and switch the Scatter settings. This will make
the dark spots not overlap with the white spots from the previous
step (1).

Apply
a 2.5 px Gaussian Blur again; then set the Blending Mode to Overlay
and reduce the Opacity to 50% (2).

If
your spots go over the edge of the body, simply use the Direct
Selection Tool (A)
to modify the path or create a mask.

how to add dark spots on the monsters body

8. How
to Add Shading on the Monster’s Body

Step
1

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a curved path at the top of the head. Give
it a 10 pt blue Stroke and choose Width Profile 6 from the Stroke
panel (1).

Next,
draw a curved path at the bottom of the body. Give it a 15 pt blue
Stroke and use Width Profile 6 again (2). Apply a 12 px Gaussian
Blur
for both of them (3).

how to add shading on the monsters body

Step
2

Select
the body shape and then Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) to
make a copy of it in front of everything. Remove all existing
appearances. Now, select the two curved paths along with the copy of
the body and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7).

how to mask shading on the monsters body

9. How
to Create the Arms of the Monster

Step
1

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw the shapes of the arms as shown in the following
image (1). Next, draw two smaller shapes on the inside filled with a
darker shade of blue (2).

Select
the two shapes that make up one of the arms and Blend them using 20
Specified Steps
. Do the same thing for the other arm (3).

how to draw the arms of the monster

Step
2

Draw
two curved paths on the arms and apply the two strokes using the Ink
Drop Scatter Brush
as you did earlier for the body. Position the
paths so the spots fall on the arms (1).

Make
a copy in front for each arm shape and use them to mask the stroked
paths (2).

how to add texture on the monsters arms

10. How
to Create a Tapered Blend Art Brush

Step
1

Earlier in the tutorial, you used the Black Blend Art Brush 100×3 from How
to Create a Set of Multi-Use Blend Brushes
.
Now, let’s create a new Blend Art Brush that is not featured in that
tutorial but definitely should be.

Grab
the Line Segment Tool (\), click on your artboard, and choose 100 px
as the Length and 0 degrees as the Angle. This will generate the
green horizontal line. Use the Line Segment Tool (\) again, and this
time choose 5 px in Length and 90 degrees as the Angle to generate
the small blue vertical line. While both lines stay selected, press
Vertical Align Center and Horizontal Align Right in the Align panel
(1).

Use
the two lines as guides and draw a sharp triangle (2). While this
triangle stays selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and
apply an Offset of -2 px to obtain a smaller one inside (3).

Fill
both triangles with black, but set the Opacity of the bigger one to 0%
(4). Blend them using 15 Specified Steps, and the brush is ready to be
saved (5).

how to create a new tapered blend art brush

Step
2

Drag
the blend group obtained in the previous step into the Brushes panel
and choose New Art Brush. Type Tapered Blend Art Brush 100×5 as the
name and choose Tints as the Colorization Method. Hit OK, and you’ll
find the new brush right next to the Black Blend Art Brush 100×3 in
the Brushes panel.

how to save a new tapered blend art brush

11. How
to Create the Feet of the Monster

Step
1

Draw
the shape of the right foot with the Pen Tool (P) and fill it with
blue (1). Continue with a smaller shape above, filled with a lighter
shade of blue (2), and with the smallest shape at the top filled with
a darker shade of blue (3).

Blend
these three shapes using 15 Specified Steps, and you can see the
result below (4).

how to draw the foot of the monster

Step
2

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a path at the bottom of the foot, and give it
a 5 pt Stroke using black and Width Profile 6. Apply a 5 px
Gaussian Blur
and set the Blending Mode to Overlay.

how to add shading on the monsters foot

Step
3

Draw
two short paths at the top of the foot and give them a 1 pt azure
blue Stroke using the Tapered Blend Art Brush 100×5 that you saved earlier (1).

Make
a copy of the foot shape in front and set it to stroke-none and
fill-none. Use this copy to mask the last three stroked paths (2).
You can see the result below (3).

how to add details on the monsters foot

12. How
to Create the Claws of the Monster

Step
1

Draw
three triangle-like shapes as the claws and fill them with dark
orange (1). Next, draw a similar but smaller shape on each claw, filled with a pale shade of orange (2).

Select
the two shapes that make up one of the claws and Blend them using 10
Specified Steps
. Repeat the same thing for the other two claws (3).

how to draw the foot claws of the monster

Step
2

Follow
the top edge of the claws and draw three paths with the Pen Tool (P).
Give them a 2 pt Stroke and use Width Profile 6. Send these paths
behind the claws in the Layers panel.

how to add shadow at the base of the foot claws

Step
3

Use
the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the bigger claw shapes
from the blend groups and then Copy and Paste in Place
(Shift-Control-V)
to make copies of them. Move the copies behind the
claws in the Layers panel. Keep the same fill color and just apply
the Drop Shadow effect to create the shadows (1).

Copy
and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) the bigger foot shape, and set
the copy to stroke-none and fill-none. Use it to mask the three
copies of the claws with the shadow applied to them (2). As a result, the shadow that falls outside the foot area will not be visible (3).

how to add shadow under monsters claws

Step
4

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a path on each claw and give them a 0.5 pt white
Stroke using the Tapered Blend Art Brush. Also apply a 1 px Gaussian
Blur
.

The
base (thicker part) of the brush should be at the top of the claws, and the tip of the brush should be at the bottom. If not, open the
Stroke Options window and check the Flip Along option.

how to highlight the foot claws of the monster

Step
5

At
this point, the right foot is ready, and you can Group (Control-G) all
the shapes that compose it to keep things organized in the Layers
panel.

While
the right foot stays selected, go to Object > Transform >
Reflect
. Check Vertical and hit Copy to obtain the left foot. All you
have to do is to move it into place and make small adjustments if needed.

how to create the left foot of the monster

Step
6

Focus
on the right arm of the monster and use the same technique to create
the claws (1-3).

Select
only the bigger claw shapes from the blend groups, and then Copy and
Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) to make copies of them. Move these
copies behind the claws in the Layers panel, and choose brown as the
fill color. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the top
anchor points of these shapes (without the tip) and move them inwards
a little with the help of the arrow keys on your keyboard (4). You
can see the result below (5).

how to create the right arm claws of the monster

Step
7

The
right arm’s claws are ready now, and you can Group (Control-G) all the
shapes. Reflect this group to obtain the claws for the left arm.

how to create the left arm claws of the monster

13. How
to Create the Horns of the Monster

Step
1

Use
the technique explained earlier for the arm claws to create the horn
on the right side of the head (1-4).

To
add some shine, use the Pen Tool (P) to draw a path on the horn (5).
Give it a 1 pt white Stroke and use the Tapered Blend Art Brush. Also
apply a 2 px Gaussian Blur (6).

how to draw the big right horn of the monster

Step
2

Follow
the previous step again, and create a smaller version of the horn next
to the first one (1). Now, take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape
like the one in the next image at the base of the horns (2).

To
add some details, draw a few short paths on the blue shape. First,
select a 2 pt blue Stroke and use the Tapered Blend Art Brush. Add a
New Stroke above, select a 0.25 pt gray Stroke, and use the Tapered
Blend Art Brush
again (3). You can see the result below (4).

how to draw the skin around the horns of the monster

Step
3

At
this point, the right horns are ready, and you can Group (Control-G)
all the shapes. Reflect this group to obtain the horns on the left
side and move them into place.

how to create the left horns of the monster

14. How
to Add Extra Details on the Monster’s Body

Step
1

Take
the Pen Tool (P) and draw a few triangle-like shapes at the bottom of
the body filled with the linear gradient shown at a 90 degrees Angle
(1). Continue with the pieces of fur at the top of the head, and use
the same gradient but change the Angle to -90 degrees (2).

how to add top and bottom fur on the monster

Step
2

Next,
draw two fur pieces on the sides of the head and a few smaller ones
on the arms. Use the gradient shown to fill all of them. The darker
shade of the gradient should be at the tip of these fur shapes, so adjust the angle accordingly.

how to add extra fur on the monster

Step
3

Use
the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a bunch of ellipses of different sizes
on the body. Fill all of them with blue. Add a New Fill above and use
the same color; then apply a 4 px Gaussian Blur.

how to add blue spots on monsters body

Step
4

Use
the Pen Tool (P) or the Ellipse Tool (L) to draw a few tiny shapes
under the eyes as the freckles. They don’t have to be perfectly
round.

how to add freckles under the monsters eyes

Step
5

Select
the body, the arms, and the feet, and then Copy and Paste in
Place (Shift-Control-V)
to make copies of them. Remove all existing
appearances (1) and then press Unite in the Pathfinder panel to merge
them into a single shape (2).

how to create a mask shape for the monster

Step
6

Select
the body shape; then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and
apply the settings shown (1).

Select
the shape that you obtained in the previous step, set it to
stroke-none and fill-none, and move it right in front of the body in
the Layers panel. Now, select the body along with this shape and go
to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7) (2). As a result,
the shadow around the monster that falls on the white background will
not be visible (3).

how to add shadow on arms and feet of the monster

15. How
to Create the Colorful Candy

Step
1

Grab
the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a 35 x 35 px circle filled with the
radial gradient shown (1). Switch to the Pen Tool (P) and draw four
shapes as shown in the image below. All four shapes have a white fill
color, but set the Opacity for the bigger ones to 0% (2).

Select
the pair of shapes on the upper left side and Blend them using 15
Specified Steps
. Set the resulting blend group to Blending Mode Soft
Light
.

Blend
the other two shapes on the bottom right side; then set the Blending
Mode
to Soft Light and reduce the Opacity to 75% (3).

how to draw the orange candy

Step
2

The
orange candy is ready, and you can Group (Control-G) all the shapes.
Make a copy of the group; then select only the circle and replace the
orange gradient with the green radial gradient shown.

Do
the same thing to obtain the pink candy, the chocolate candy, and the
caramel candy.

how to create colorful candy

Step
3

It’s
time to arrange the candy inside the monster’s mouth. First, arrange
the orange candy in the desired place; then select only the orange
circle and apply the Drop Shadow effect.

Arrange
the pink candy on the right side and apply the Drop Shadow effect
again to the pink circle. Continue to arrange the rest of the candy or as many as
you want. You can also scale them up or down, and don’t forget to add
the shadow.

After
you are done, select all the pieces of candy and move them behind the
teeth but in front of the tongue in the Layers panel under the
existing mask.

how to arrange candy inside monsters mouth

16. How
to Create the Jelly Worms

Step
1

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a wavy path between the colorful candy and
one on the right side of the mouth. Give them a 10 pt Stroke using
the color of your choice.

how to draw the jelly worm paths inside monsters mouth

Step
2

Draw
a small 10 x 10 px circle on your artboard. Go to Object >
Transform > Move
, type 170 px in the Horizontal field, and hit Copy
to obtain the second circle. The fill colors are not important at this moment—just make sure they are different.

While
the two circles stay selected, go to Object > Blend > Blend
Options
and choose 18 Specified Steps. Hit OK and then go back to
Object > Blend > Make (Alt-Control-B).

how to create a blend group

Step
3

First,
make a copy of the blend group from the previous step because you
have worms to create. Now, select the blue path along with one of
the blend groups and go to Object > Blend > Replace Spine (1).
Use the other blend group for the green path and do the same thing.
You can see the result below (2).

how to create the jelly worms

Step
4

Zoom in on the mouth and use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select each
circle at the end of the blended worms and replace the fill colors
(1). You can choose other colors as well.

Use
the Pen Tool (P) or the Pencil Tool (N) to draw slightly curved paths
on the yellow/green worm. Give them a 0.5 pt black Stroke and select
the Width Profile 1 in the Stroke panel. Set the Blending Mode to
Overlay and reduce the Opacity to 75%; then Group (Control-G) all of
them (2).

Repeat
the same thing for the pink/blue worm.

how to recolor and add details on jelly worms

Step
5

To
add shine, draw a path on the yellow/green jelly worm following its
shape (1). Give it a 1 pt white Stroke and use the Tapered Blend Art
Brush
(2). With this path still selected, duplicate the existing
Stroke attribute in the Appearance panel, but open the Stroke Options
window and check the Flip Along option (3). Set the Blending Mode to
Overlay (4).

Draw
a similar path on the pink/blue jelly worm and apply the same
settings to make it glossy as well.

how to add shine on jelly worms

Step
6

Select
only the blended yellow/green worm (without the lines and the
highlight), and then Copy and Paste in Back (Control-B) to make a copy of
it and expand it (Object > Expand). Apply
the Drop Shadow effect 
to the resulting group using the settings shown (1). Repeat the same
thing for the other jelly worm.

It’s
time to mask the yellow/green jelly worm, and for that, you need a
copy of the mouth shape. Bring the copy in front of everything by
going to Object > Arrange > Bring to Front (Shift-Control-])
and set it to stroke-none and fill-none. 

Now, select all the shapes
that make up the yellow/green worm, along with the copy of the mouth, and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7) (2). The
result is not quite what we want, so you need to distort the mask
shape a little to reveal the front end of the worm (3).

how to add shadow and mask the jelly worm

17. How
to Add the Final Elements

Step
1

Let’s
create a stick for the orange candy. Draw a rectangle-like shape, slightly rounded at the ends and filled with a very light gray (1). Continue
with a similar but smaller shape on the stick filled with white (2)
and finally, draw a small ellipse at the end filled with gray as the
hole (3).

To
add the shadow, draw another rectangle-like shape under the stick
filled with a linear white to black gradient. Set the Opacity to 0%
for the white slider to make it transparent, and after that, apply a
1.5 px Gaussian Blur (4).

how to draw the orange candy stick

Step
2

You
can also add smaller versions of the chocolate and caramel candy on
the tongue and then apply the Drop Shadow effect to the circles.

how to add extra candy inside monsters mouth

Step
3

The
last thing is the saliva, and it’s easy to make. Use the Pen Tool (P)
to draw a shape between the top teeth, as shown in the next image. Select
light blue as the fill color; then set the Blending Mode to Screen
and reduce the Opacity to 30% (1).

Draw
a small, droplet-like shape at the bottom, filled with pale blue; then
set the Blending Mode to Screen and reduce the Opacity to 40% (2).
Group (Control-G) these two shapes and apply the Drop Shadow effect
using the settings shown (3).

You
can add more saliva using the same technique, but draw different shapes to
make it more realistic.

how to draw saliva inside monsters mouth

Step
4

This
big guy is done now.

candy monster cartoon character

Congratulations!
You’re Done!

Here
is the final image of the candy monster. He is quite cute, right?

I
had a lot of fun creating this cartoon character, and I hope the
tutorial was fun for you as well. If you decide to recreate it,
please share an image because I would love to see it.

Now
you have the knowledge to create other cute characters, so be creative
and keep drawing!

final image of candy monster cartoon character