With the Halloween coming in few days, I’ve created a series of 5 icons using simple tools and shapes in Illustrator. This is the first on the series, in this new Illustrator Tutorial we’ll create a Frankenstein Icon.    

By Supercolor, on October 29, 2012, under Illustrator Tutorials

Final Result Preview



Step 1 – The New Document, Base and Hair

Let’s Start by opening Illustrator and create a new document, I choose the 500x500px.


I Really love the shape of the apple apps so I used the same shape as the base for all the icons, you can create that shape using the Rounded Rectangle Tool with a 20px corner radius, to enter the corner radius option, just click on the canvas, this will open the option panel of this tool. I used a green tone colour (#c5e61d).

Let’s create a new rounded corner square, this time with a 15px corner radius but a bit wider, we’ll use it for the hair, next select the Pen Tool (P) and with black start tracing the hair of our Frankenstein. When you like the result select both hair shape and the 15px rounded corner shape and click intersect in the Pathfinder panel.


Step 2 – Eyes

In this step we’ll create the eyes, select the Ellipse Tool (U) and create 2 circle shapes, one bigger than the other.

Next apply the same gradient to both circle shapes, going from white to a light grey colour (#e6e7e8).


Duplicate the left circle; change its colour to a purple colour (#9433be) with a 1px black stroke. Select the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the bottom anchor point of this circle shape and delete it. Rotate this new half circle shape 45°, Right click on the shape – Transform – Rotate. Place it on the eye using the Move Tool (V).



To add some stitches effect, I used the Pen Tool (P) to create small lines on the eye, I’m using Illustrator Cs6 with custom strokes, you can use the Blob Brush Tool (Shift+B) to create those shapes in other versions of Illustrator. Just add 2 small circle in the centre of the eyes using the Ellipse Tool (U).


Step 3 – Face details

Select the Pen Tool (P), we’re going to create few details, stitches on the forehead, lines on the sides of the head, the nose, the mouth


To finish the mouth, select the Pen Tool (P) and create to teeth on each side of the mouth, place the 2 teeth layer under the mouth line. I used the same gradient than on the eyes.


Step 4 - Shadow and Details

In this step we’ll create a shadow on the Frankenstein icon and add some details. Select the Pen Tool (P), create a shape on the top the head, when you like the curve of the shape, duplicate the base rounded corner green square we created in step 1, select both shapes and click Intersect in the Pathfinder panel. Change the opacity of this shape to 5%.


Select the Ellipse Tool (U) and create a few circle shape on the head with a green colour a little bit darker than the green colour we used for the head (#6dce32). When you like the result, select all the circle, group them, Object – Group, change the opacity to 20% and place those circles in front of the base layer.


Step 5 – Bolts

To finish our Frankenstein icon let’s add some bolts. Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and create two vertical rectangles with two grey tones colours, I used #d0d2d3 and # bbbdbf.


Add a shadow on those rectangles using the Pen Tool (P) create a shape with a curve on each rectangles in black, change the opacity of those black shapes to 10%.


Select the 4 shapes we just created and group them, next select the group and simplify it, Object – Path – Simplify with a 95% value, this will simplify the shapes. The less %, the more your shape is simple.


Duplicate this group, reflect it vertically and move the new group to the right, place those 2 group layers under the green base in the layer panel.


Final Result

Here we are with a funny Frankenstein icon you can use as an avatar, an icon or in any webdesign project. I hope you’ve learned a few tricks. Feel free to share your creations and leave a comment.