What’s tastier than an iced doughnut with sprinkles? A whole plate of yummy cakes, that’s what. If you’re looking to create a series of characters based on a theme, what better one to sample than one of Aaron Miller’s delightful confections?

You’ll learn how to create the characters from scratch, including the thought processes and sketching help, as well as developing your own ideas. You’ll also learn some creative techniques in Illustrator to help give your characters some distinguishing attributes, as well as gaining new confidence with its much-feared Pen tool and the Pathfinder palette to create shapes. 

You’ll need a scanner and a graphics tablet to do this tutorial but with a splash of imagination and a pinch of creativity you can cook up your very own delicious characters.

You also might just need to put a padlock on your biscuit tin for a while…

Step 1 First, decide on a theme for your characters; it can be as simple or as unusual as you like. Most characters benefit from having a history and a personality, so name your character and think about its lifestyle. For example, the character I have drawn here is called Mr Sprinkles. Scan in your sketch at 300dpi and place it in a new Illustrator document (File > Place). Dim the image to 50% and lock this layer.