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September 29, 2011

How to create psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face using Adobe Illustrator

Hey psychedelic people! Here comes another Halloween tutorial. It will take you only 20 steps to create a cool spooky 5-eyed pumpkin. Within 4 extra steps you’ll learn how to mix this design with the ornament from the previous tutorial.

Step 1

Use Ellipse Tool (L) to create an vertical-oriented ellipse. Use Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C) to make the top arch more rounded. Select the middle anchors with Direct Selection Tool (A) and move them up holding Shift. Adjust the width of the resulting shape.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 2

Use Pen Tool (P) to create a curve that will be half of the eye-hole. Make a copy of it, Right Click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical. Select both curves, then click one of them. Open Align Panel and set Distribute Spacing to 0 and click Horizontal Distribute Spacing. Select both top anchor points with Direct Selection Tool (A), Right Click > Join. Apply same actions to bottom anchors.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Adjust the width of the eye-hole. Make a copy of it and make it a bit narrower.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 3

Add 3 concentric circles to the canvas. Select All (Cmd+A) and click Horizontal Align Center button on the Align Panel. Itersect the biggest circle with the a copy of the smaller eye-hole shape using Pathfinder Panel.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step4

Use Pen Tool (P) to create a grass-leaf-like-shape. Make a copy of it, Right Click > Transform > Reflect > Vertical. Move it to the right. Select both new shapes and Group ’em (Cmd+G). Select All (Cmd+A) and click Horizontal Align Center button on the Align Panel. Group all objects (Cmd+A, Cmd+G)

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 5

Copy the all-objects-group (Cmd+C) and Paste it to back (Cmd+B). Make it a little wider. Delete all shapes inside the group except one grass-leaf-like-shape. Adjust it’s angle and anchors.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 6

Use Pen Tool (P) to create the eye-hole and add an eye like you did in Step 3 (but don’t align objects horizontally)

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 7

Copy the left group and Send it To Back (Cmd+Shift+[). Squeeze it a bit vertically and adjust the curves if needed with Direct Selection Tool (A)

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 8

Make the eye and the eye-hole a bit smaller and adjust their angle.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 9

Select two new groups and group ’em once more. Make a copy of the resulting group and Reflect it vertically. Move it to the right. Select the 2 new groups and group ’em again. Select All and click Horizontal Align Center button on the Align Panel.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 10

Now it’s coloring time. Use Pantone Process Coated palette with can be opened by clicking the small triangle on the top right corner of Swatches Panel (Open Swatch Library > Color Books > Pantone Process Coated). You can use only one dark purple swatch and adjust it’s percentage to make the color lighter. I’m not going to get into much detail with how I’ve colored the shapes. These were simple Linear and Radial Gradients – nothing special.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 11

Create a tooth as shown below. You can color it with gradients instead of solid fills (I’ll do it later).

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 12

Create several teeth and group ’em. Make a copy and Reflect it Vertically.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 13

Use Ellipse Tool (L) to create an vertical-oriented ellipse. Use Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C) holding Shift to make the top of the ellipse look like shown. Move the bottom anchor up using Direct Selection Tool (A)

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 14

Copy the shape to create the jaw.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 15

Add some teeth to the new jaw.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 16

If you have not colored the teeth with gradients the time has come. Keep the darker side of the gradients closer to the jaw.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 17

Make the closest groups backgrounds a bit lighter so they look closer and “come forward”.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 18

Use Ellipse Tool (L) to create an horizontal-oriented ellipse. Click right and left anchors with Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift+C). Select the resulting shape and press “New Brush” icon on the Brush Panel.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Add some brush strokes using Brush Tool (B)

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 19

Add several 20-30% transparent circles over the eyes (I have also changed the eyes color, but you can leave it as you like.)

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 20

Use Pen Tool (P) to create the top “green” part of the pumpkin.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Add several brush strokes to it.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

This is it!

Within the next few steps I’m going to add an ornament I’ve create in the previous “How to create a bloody Halloween ornament using Adobe Illustrator” tutorial.

Step 21

Delete the black background if you have one. Add a new Layer and move it under the first one using Layer Panel. You can add your own ornament or follow my previous tutorial.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 22

Use Magic Wand Tool (Y) to select the red objects and color it with light (38%) purple. Select oranges and color it with 100% purple. Color the dark reds with black (CMYK=30:30:30:100).

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 23

Set the opacity of the ornamental frame to 40%.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

Step 24

Add two copies of the pumpkin head. Make ’em bigger than the original and set their opacity to 50% and 20%. Make the biggest pumpkin the less transparent.

How to create a psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face in Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Verner

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2 Comments on “How to create psychedelic Halloween pumpkin face using Adobe Illustrator

Iaroslav Lazunov
October 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Привет, Андрей. Хотя сначала собирался по-английски писать. Ты пишешь интересные уроки. Будем друзьями? По-моему мне твоя фамилия на VT+ встречалась. Я прав?

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Andrei Verner
October 19, 2011 at 7:25 am

Ярослав, привет! Конечно будем друзьями :)
Да, я на VT+ пару раз писал уроки

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