Create A Gasmask Angel in Illustrator CS5

Today’s tutorial I’m going to talk you through creating a Gasmask Angel, as well as building upon a perspective stock image with your own sketch, and going through to vectoring it.

You’ll learn techniques in perspective line art, and how to use gradients to distort and enhance your beautiful lines.





Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Adobe illustrator
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3h +

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating



Step 1

I begin by opening the stock image in Photoshop. I want to draw beyond the stock image, so I will need to extend the canvas beyond the elbow on the left. Go to Image > Canvas Resize and increase the width by 120% to the left as shown below.


Step 2

Create a new layer and fill this with white. Then decrease the Opacity to 50%. This is so I can use the reference image as a guide in the sketching, yet still be able to see my own lines very clearly.

Before the sketching begins on the “Background” layer, add the elbow so you can see the entire stock image.


Step 3

Create a new layer, which will be one of the layers I’ll use to put the sketch on. Rename this layer, “Skeleton.” Set the layer Opacity to 20%. I’m going to use the Brush Tool (B), with a fine brush (Hard Round 9 pixel) and black for the color.

The first element of the sketch I’m going to work on is the gasmask and hair. I find it easiest to set out the skeleton of the gasmask, the length of the mask, where the eye part will be, the straps and lastly the air filter at the bottom.

Create a new layer and rename it “Sketch.” From the skeleton I can sketch the gasmask using circles, which of course will be more refined when drawn in vector.


Step 4

I have to consider the restrictions the gasmask would have on the hair style, but I also want to give the hairstyle a very typical high school cheerleader look. I’ve decided to go for the clique pig tails, which will also give a nod to the first in the Gasmask Angel series.

First on the “Skeleton” layer, sketch the shape of the head and the direction of the pig tails. Also consider if you wish to have any bangs/fringe overlapping the gasmask.

Create a new layer and sketch the hair in more detail on this layer.

Using the Eraser Tool (E), erase the elements of the sketch from underneath. Hide the white layer, “Skeleton” and “Background” layer, and then go to Layer > Merge Visible to merge the top two layers together.


Step 5

I’m going to use the “Skeleton” layer again to sketch out the basic shapes of the cheerleader’s sweater. I’m also going to sketch the skeleton of a “V” shape for the school they are representing… for the sake of Easter eggs, the “V” is for Vector.

Then I’ll draw the more “refined” sketch on the “Sketch” layer. If you note the trim around the edges of the sweater, then around the neck it would appear thicker than the trim around the sleeves, which in turn would appear thicker than the trim around the bottom of the sweater.



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