Design a Despicable Me ‘Minion’ in Illustrator

In this tutorial we’ll design a character called a Minion from the film Despicable Me using Adobe Illustrator.

1. Open up a new document in Illustrator, with the pen tool draw a shape like this using the color #ffc50c

2. Draw 2 circles like this using the colors black and grey.

3. Next draw an eye shape like this using the color white.

4.Again with the circle tool draw 2 circles for the eye. With the larger circle make the fill color brown and stroke color black with a 1px stroke and make the second circle black. Create a new layer to go underneath all of the circles and above the body. Draw a circle picture and make it a gradient fill to look like this image.

5. Now zoom in to the image, draw the strap and 2 metal parts with an added gradient like this using the pen tool.

6. Zoom in to the mouth area and draw a mouth like this, I’ve used the colors: #2d2d2d, white and #ff1f44

7. Using the pen tool draw some overalls using a gradient with the colors #28303b and #717984

8. Now add the logo, 2 buttons and creases to the overalls using the pen tool.9. Now create an arm and hand. Using a gradient that ‘none to black’ create this shadow using the pen tool.

10. Draw another arm and hand, and some feet.

11. Zoom in to the Minions head, using a 2pt Oval Brush that’s 1pt Stroke draw some hair like this using the color black.

11. Lastly Put all the body layers into a folder. Create a new layer underneath the folder, and with the rectangle tool draw the background. Create a gradient on the shape with the colors: #c1d0d5 and #f9fafc. With the pen tool draw a shadow shape on a new layer using the color black, make the opacity for the shape 15%.

Final Result

  1. alice

    heyy this was really helpfull. do you think you can make one more minion except holding the number “1″ on each hand and have it face the viewer

  2. SrCreativo

    Amazing!! This tuts is very good!!

    Thanks for share!!

    Greating from Spain.

  3. Guest

    Very cute!

  4. Ana

    I love it. very helpfull!! I need to make a minion in 3D fot school :s so thanks very much

  5. ed

    really nice!!

    greatingfrom italy!

  6. E5

    great work


  7. Jazzy An

    Love this tuts! Thanks for sharing .

  8. Lorena O.

    Thanks! i Love The Minions!!

    Greating from Mexico City !

  9. Gustavo T

    Great tutorial! it sparked my imagination to create minions in different settings. THANKS!

  10. sonia

    i love it thanks i really wanted to draw one

  11. Spirit

    WOW! That’s awesome!

  12. Iley

    the minion its beutiful

  13. Bert

    i really like minions…they’re awesome, thanks to you Ainsley…please keep posted, if you have any cuties like them…i would love it to enjoy it… take care… Bert