We have another great Vector Premium tutorial available exclusively for Premium members today. If you want to learn how to craft custom mechanically styled characters in Illustrator, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. In this tutorial, Roctopus will take us through the process of creating a golden steampunk inspired mechanical owl illustration. Let’s learn more about this tutorial at the jump!
This Vector Premium Tutorial is Filled with Creative Instruction
I have been using Illustrator in it’s various incarnations for 12 years (and counting) and I’m still learning new things all the time. In this tutorial, I would like to take you through my method of working and give you a few tips and techniques that I used to create “Bubo: The Mechanical Owl.”
In this tutorial, I will take you through techniques including using the Blending Tool, Clipping Masks, Compound Paths, Blending Modes, working with gradients and some effects. I have not included any color breakdowns for gradients as there are too many to list, all can be found on the reference file supplied though. Be sure to look in the Swatches palette, as I reference them by name throughout this tutorial.
This is a Fun and Comprehensive Tutorial
You can also see some more of my illustrations in my Flickr stream, or on my web site roctopus.net. I would be happy for you to drop by and take a look. This is my take on the mechanical owl from the 1981 film “The Clash of the Titans.” The original model featured in the film was made by Ray Harryhausen. I kept the mechanical essence of the original, but added my own take on the owl’s form. I love all things mechanical, clockwork and steampunkesque. I took the main form back to an egg and worked to make it as simple and elegant as possible.
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