Here’s a tutorial from Blog Spoon Graphics that shows with a few simple shapes you can create a quick peppy illustration (a peppy panda to be more exact). Personally, another task I had in mind when completing this tutorial was to become more familiar with the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial was not so robust that I used every feature, but more importantly there was repetition. Here’s a long list of Illustrator CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts.
There really wasn’t any reason for deviation in this tutorial. When completed I did add some personal touches in keeping with the style. Below is my result. The bamboo stalks were created just like the stem in the panda’s hand and the sun was made with 2 circles in combination with gradients and Gaussian blur. A slight blue -to transparent gradient was added for the sky. The grass is made from one shape drawn with the pen tool that I copied, reflected, lowered the opacity, and scaled several times.