How to Create a Fitness Girl Character in Adobe Illustrator

In this new tutorial you will learn how to create a fitness girl character in Adobe Illustrator.

Improve your drawing skills or put them to the test by following this tutorial and learn how to draw a fitness girl character in Adobe Illustrator. Some people love the Pen Tool, some people hate it and some don’t understand it but practice is the key. Let’s make the Pen Tool your best friend by the end of this tutorial.


Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

How to Create a Fitness Girl Character in Adobe Illustrator

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate

Step 1

Launch Illustrator and go to File > New in order to open a blank document. Type a name for your file and set up the dimensions then select Pixels as Units and RGB as Color Mode. Also, uncheck Align New Objects to Pixel Grid. Next, go to Edit > Preferences > General and set the Keyboard Increment to 1 px and while there, also go to Units and make sure that they are set as in the following image. I usually work with these settings and they will help you throughout the drawing process.

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Step 2

Start with a rounded rectangle having the dimensions shown.

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Step 3

Draw a 41 x 50 px rectangle right under the first shape; then go to Effect > Warp > Shell Lower and apply a 20% Horizontal Bend. The fill colors are not important at this point.

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Step 4

Next, draw two 36 x 100 px ellipses and arrange them under the rectangle as in the following image.

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Step 5

Draw other two ellipses but smaller, 24 x 84 px and arrange them as shown below.

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Step 6

Now, focus on the first rounded rectangle. Grab the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) and add a lot more points on the path. Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and distort this shape by moving these points individually and rotate their handles until you get a shape like in the image below. Fill the new shape with the color indicated and name it “chest”.

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Step 7

Now, select the blue rectangle and from the Object menu choose Expand Appearance and Ungroup (Shift-Control-G) if necessary. Use the Add Anchor Point Tool (+) again to add more points along the path and using the Direct Selection Tool (A) distort this shape by moving these points and rotate their handles. Fill the new shape with the same beige color and name it “waist”.

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Step 8

Grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw the shape of the neck right above the “chest” as in the following image. Now, select the “neck”, “chest” and “waist” and press Unite in the Pathfinder panel in order to obtain a single shape. Name the new shape “upper body”.

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Step 9

Next, grab the Pen Tool (P) and draw the shape of the legs using the four ellipses as reference. This will take a while but take your time and draw around the ellipses and don’t forget that you can make extra adjustments at any time with the Direct Selection Tool (A). When you are happy with the result, name the shape “legs” and fill it with the same beige color.

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Step 10

Now, focus on the upper body (1) and draw the arm (2) with the Pen Tool (P) and then continue with the forearm and the hand (3).

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Step 11

Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw four small paths between the fingers. Select a 1 pt Stroke and the Width Profile 5 in the Stroke panel. The thinner side of the brush should be at the top and the thicker side should be at the bottom. If not, press the Flip Along option in the Stroke panel.

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Step 12

Draw a path with the Pen Tool (P) to define the area where the arm is bent. Select a 1 pt Stroke and the Width Profile 4 in Stroke panel. If the brush is flipped, press the Flip Along option again.

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Step 13

Next, draw the other arm (1) and after that, the shape of the fist (2) followed by the thumb (3). Use the same beige color to fill the arm but for the thumb use a slightly darker shade.

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Step 14

Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw three small paths to define the fingers. Select a 0.5 pt Stroke and the Width Profile 4. The tip of the brush should be at the top and the thicker side of the brush should be at the bottom. If not, press the Flip Along option in the Stroke panel.

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Step 15

To create a shadow between the fist and the arm, draw a shape like in the following image. Fill it with the color indicated and reduce the Opacity to 30%. Send this shape behind the fist but in front of the arm.

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Step 16

To create the fold on the arm, draw a curved path as shown below. Select a 0.75 pt Stroke and the Width Profile 4 in the Stroke panel.

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Step 17

Let’s create the sports bra. Start by drawing a curved path above the waist (1). Now, select the “upper body” and then Copy and Paste in Front (Control-F) in order to create a copy of it (2). Having this copy selected along with the path, press Divide in the Pathfinder panel and then Ungroup (Shift-Control-G). As a result you will get two separate shapes. Fill the shape at the top with bright pink and delete the shape at the bottom because you don’t need it.

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