Since Easter will come really soon, In this tutorial we will guide you step by step how to make an easter egg bunny using Adobe Illustrator. We hope you enjoy it.
Step 1. Creating base egg shape
Make a New Document, with minimal 5 inch width and 7 inch height, and RGB color mode. First create a circle by using Ellipse Tool, with the size W=2.7 inch, and H=3.5 inch, place it on the center of canvas by using Horizontal Align Center on Align Panel. add a color with Gradient Tool and remove the outline, change the color on gradient slider swatches with the composition: light color(R 126, G 205, B 237), mid color (R 115, G 166, B 255), and dark color (R 69, G 122, B 224) please refer to the example below for radial gradient position, make sure the highlight is on the top.
Use Direct Selection tool and select the nodes on the side of the shape and drag it down, until the shape is egg-like.
Create a circle with W= 2 inch and H= 2.3 inch, align it on the center of the canvas and put it on the little below of previous shape, fill it by using radial gradient tool with light color (R 212, G 247, B 255) and darker color (R 125, G 204, B 237).
Select the base body, copy and paste in the front. select both of the body shape and the circle, then choose intersect on Pathfinder panel.
Now we will create the highlight, copy the main base body shape and paste in the front, and then go to Object>arrange>Bring to front on menu bar. scale it into smaller size and place it on the upper part of the main body, edit the gradation by clicking reverse gradient and decrease the opacity of the brightest color into zero. Change the layer style on Transparency panel into screen. Select all the object and group it.
Then, we will create an egg crack, by using Pen tool with same gradation color of egg base body, remove the outline and create attractive zigzag shape. Duplicate it with Selective tool, press alt and drag down. Change the fill color into solid color (R 176,G 235, B 237). group them and now we have an egg crack.
Step 2 Creating Character face
The character face consist of eyes, nose and mouth, and easy to make. Let’s start with the eyes.
Create a circle with W= 0.2 inch H= 0.2 inch size, fill it with linear gradient, light color (R: 105, G:97, B:105) and darker color (R 0, G 0, B 0), and then create circle with solid white fill color, and the size W=0.07 inch H=0,07 inch on upper of previous shape as a highlight. create another circle with W= 0.3 inch and H= 0.3 inch, with same fill color as the main base body, go to Arrange>send to back. select all and duplicate it by alt+drag to the right about 2.6 inch. drag the outermost circle of eyes copy, until it look like the reflection of previous eye.
Nose is created by making a circle with W= 0.8 inch and H= 0.085 inch, and solid grey fill color (R 35, G 31, B 32), select the side nodes in the circle, and drag it up, until the shape is like upside down triangle. Make oval shape with W= 0.16 inch H= 0.09 Inch with light gray fill color (R 167, G 167, B 168). Copy the base shape, and select it along with the light gray shape on the top and select intersect on Path finder panel, and put it little bit lower. select all of them and group, place the nose as the example below.
The next steps are mouth, the mouth consists of basic shape, teeth, and tongue. as the basic shape, create a circle with W= 0.9 inch and H= 0.9 inch with dark red radial gradation color, with the composition of dark color ( R 133, G 18, B 28) and light color (R 190, G 30, B 45). make a rectangle with any shape that intersects with the circle, select Minus Front (Subtract) on Pathfinder panel.
Go to Effect>warp, choose Arc Upper, raise the Bend into 22%, click OK. expand the shape by selecting Object>Expand appearance on the menu bar.
Create Rounded Rectangle with W=0.2 inch, H=0.3 inch and white fill color for the teeth, duplicate it (alt+ shift drag), drag it to the right a little, and then with Pathfinder Intersect, cut the teeth to fit with basic mouth shape. removes the outline.
The tongue is created by making a circle W= 0.6 inch H= 0.6 inch, with pink linear gradient fill color, the light color (R 244, G 155, B 143) and dark color (R 227, G 111, B 126). Use Pathfinder Intersect to cut it into fitted shape. add a circle to the tongue with W=0.4 inch H=0.2 inch and solid pink fill color (R 244, G 155, B 143). Select basic mouth shape, copy and paste to back, choose the lower node and drag down a little. change the fill color into solid color (R 176, G 235, B 237).
Add them to the eyes and nose, use Pen tool to create the shadow between the eyes with solid turquoise fill color (R 125, G 204, B 237), go to Arrange>send to back, and then group them. Place it on the upper egg crack.
Step 3 Creating Ears
Create a circle with W= 1 inch H= 3 inch using the same gradation colors with the main base body. Select the node on the each side and then drag it, now we have the desire shape of the bunny’s ear, then copy and paste in front, and scale it to get the inner shape of the ear, fill it by using linear gradient tool, with light color (R 244, G 155, B 143) and dark color (R 227, G 111, B 126). Then, repeat the previous steps, copy, paste in front, and reduce the scale to be smaller than the inner ear, change it’s fill color into solid color (R 244, G 155, B 143).
To create the shadow on the base ear, copy base shape and paste in front, change the color into solid color (R 69, G 122, B 224). Create a cross line, select both of the object and use Divide on the Pathfinder panel, so the object is cutt off but still in the same group, then ungroup the obejcts and delete the top side. Select all and group, then copy and reflect vertically by using the menu object > transform, drag it about 0.8 inch. Select and group each ear.
Join both of the ears with the main body, Arrange > send to back.
Step 4 Creating Arms and Feet
Let’s make the arms first, create a circle with this size W= 0.5 inch H=1.16 inch using the same gradient color as the body shape. Rotate it 45 degree by pressing the Shift button when rotating. Copy and paste in front, and change the color into lighter blue, the same color on center of main body, and reduce the size. Create the shadow on the base of the arms, just like how we did with the shadow on ear, by using the Divide on pathfinder. Select all, and copy and reflect vertically using menu Object > Transform, drag about 2.04 inch. Select and group each of arms.
For the legs, create a circle with W= 1.07 inch and H=0.8 inch using the same previous blue color, and create a rectangle across the shape, then use Minus Front (Subtract) on pathfinder panel to cutt it off. Copy and paste it in front of the shape, and change the color into light blue, same as the center body shape color. Make a cross line, then use Divide on pathfinder panel to cut it off. Reduce the size. Create the shadow on the base of the foot, just like the steps when creating the shadow on the base of the ears and arms. Select all, then copy and reflect vertically using menu Object > Transform, drag it about 1.3 inch. Select and group each of foot.
Join both arms and legs to the body, Arrange > send to back and tadaaa~ the eggbunny is done.
But hey, let’s have some fun here. Since we divide the eggbunny bodies into several different part, let’s do a little experiment to put the face, ears, arms, foot, and even the egg cracks freely. It’ll gonna create several new characters. Now you can give it a shot and have some fun!
That’s a wrap everyone. If you have any questions regarding the tutorial, don’t hesitate to email us or ask via twitter or Facebook page. Happy Easter!.