Robots are the future! They are useful tools to making life easier for humans. They may also turn to become destructive and wipe out civilization as we know it! In today’s post I will show you how to create a quick and simple robot vector in Illustrator. We will show you how to create it using the rectangle tool, ellipse tool, strokes and the bulge warp effect.
Start off by opening up Adobe Illustrator and create a New Document. For this let’s have the Artboard size to be about 1000px x 1000px. You really can have it at any size.
Now we will take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle shape. While the shape is still selected go into Effect->Warp->Bulge. Make sure you select preview check box to see the amount of bulge you are applying. Click on the Vertical Option and Bend about 20-25%.
Once you have the bulge how you like it select your Rounded Rectangle Tool. Make sure the radius is pretty rounded and in the center top of the bulged rectangle.
Next take your Ellipse Tool (L) and hold down the SHIFT key to make sure it stays perfectly round.
Now take your Line Tool (\) and go from the circle to the rounded rectangle base. Go into your STROKE panel. Increase the weight of the line to about 50px or so. To make a point go to the bottom of the panel and select the shape that looks like an elongated triangle. Once you have that select the circle, line and the base and Move to Back CTRL/CMD SHIFT [
Next it’s time to build a torso! Take you Rectangle Tool (M) and create a big box slightly overlapping the head. Go into Effect->Warp->Bulge. In the panel make sure the Vertical is selected and make your distortion -19 in the vertical setting.
It’s not time to build the arms! Take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and make a vertical pill shape. This is sort of like the ball joint to the shoulder. Move to Back (CTRL/CMD SHIFT [)
Next take the Pen Tool (V) and create a curved line. Make sure your stroke is set to 50 pt or so.
Take your Ellipse Tool (L) and Hold down the shift ket to create your hand base.
Take your Line Segment Tool (\) and create a short line to start your fingers. Make the thickness about 30pt or so and make the Cap rounded.
Now Copy (CTRL/CMD + C) and Paste in Place (CTRL/CMD + Shift + V) and then take your rotate tool to adjust as you see fit.
Select the arm pieces, Copy (CTRL/CMD + C) and Paste in Place (CTRL/CMD + Shift + V) and Reflect Vertically. This will make the other arm.
Now got to your Ellipse Tool (L) and Hold down the Shift key to make a perfect circle for the eye.
Copy (CTRL/CMD + C) and Paste in Place (CTRL/CMD + Shift + V) then shift the eye over.
Take your Ellipse Tool (L) and create an oval.
Once you have the mouth to the right size. Select the Torso piece and Bring to the Front (CTRL/CMD + Shift + ] )
Now take your Rectangle Tool (M) and Ellipse Tool (L) and create your button plates.
Next it’s time to create the legs! Take Two Circles using some more Ellipse Tool (L) and your Line Segment Tool (\) and place everything to the Back of the torso (CTRL/CMD + Shift + [ )
Copy (CTRL/CMD + C) the 3 pieces of the leg and Paste in Place (CTRL/CMD + Shift + V ) and move the pieces to the side to create your other leg.
Now for the fun part! Coloring in your robot! Take any color palette you would like to fill in your robot. For this I am using the Basic Print Color Palette.
Once you have all of your robot sections colored in you are done! This is a basic layout for your robot but you can add definition to the robot by using the gradients for coloring. I had used just the basic Print swatch to get the very basic conveyed out.