PI6 Thanksgiving Turkey

 

completed turkeyI've really been going after the country clip art look in a big way lately, so I thought it would be fun to make a pilgrim turkey for Thanksgiving. 

This tutorial shows how to create complex shapes by combining simple 2D path objects and custom objects created with the Spline tool. 

Then all you have to do is a little tweaking with the Paint and Retouch tools to add a little more color and texture.

You can also get this turkey, a barrel of apples and a pilgrim boy and girl as PI Stamps from my PI6 Objects page.

Start with a new True Color image 400 X 400 pixels.  Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select 2D from the Mode dropdown list.  Click in the Color box and choose a light tan color (RGB=236, 217, 198). Click Shape and select Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape box opens, select Brush Tip 3 and click OK. 

Draw a large path for the head. Switch to the Transform tool, then Rotate & Flip, Flip Vertically. Use the Attributes toolbar's Distort option to narrow the bottom of the head. Use the Resize option to widen it slightly. 

make path for head

Right click and Duplicate the object to create a neck. Use the Resize option to make the object smaller. Flip it Vertically. Position it underneath the head. Right click, Select All Objects, then right click, Merge As Single Object.

head and neck merged

You know I always say this, but it's a good idea to save each object to your EasyPalette. That way if you take a break or the power goes off, you won't have to make all the shapes over again.

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select Custom Shape. When the Custom Shape dialog box opens, select Flower 1 and click OK. Draw a large shape for the turkey's feathers.

turkey's feathers

Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Go to the Quick Color Controls and press the Darken sun key's minus (-) sign 1X, to make the object just a little darker.

darken shape

Use the same custom shape to draw a slightly smaller object for the turkey's body. Position it at the bottom of the feathers. Drag the head and neck on top of the feathers and body. It should be on top of the stack of objects. If it's not, right click, Arrange, Bring to Front.

head and neck on top of stack

Choose the Pick tool. While the head is still active, Shift+Click the body of the turkey, so both are selected. Right click, Merge As Single Object.

In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Ellipse. Click in the Color box and choose black. Make a tall, narrow object for the eye. Right click and Duplicate. Position the eyes on the head. 

add eyes

beakClick Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select the Spline tool. You'll use it to make a rounded triangle shape for the beak. Click to start, drag and click. After you click, you can curve the previously created line. Double click to close the shape.

Click in the Color box in the Attributes toolbar and select Gradient Fill to access this dialog box. Select the down arrow Fill type, and select Two color. Make the beginning color a dark orange (RGB=225, 113, 0) and the ending color a bright yellow (RGB=255, 191, 0). Click OK to apply.

gradient for beak

Position the beak beneath the turkey's eyes.

Next we'll make that red thing (wattle?) that dangles on turkeys. Click in the Color box in the Attributes toolbar and select a dark orange-red color (RGB=195, 78, 0).

gradient added to beak

With the Spline tool, click and drag a shape that will dangle off to the right side of the beak. Right click, Arrange, Send Backward, so it's behind the beak.

add dangly thing

Before we go any further with the turkey, let's go over Paint on Edges (Shift+P). To make the individual objects making up the turkey stand out, it's helpful to have a narrow black outline around each object. The way to do that is to select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Fine Brush Preset, but change the brush Size to 1, and the Soft edge to 1. Leave the Transparency at the default of 34%, because the line will be less harsh if it's slightly transparent. 

Switch to the Pick tool and click the beak to make it active. Hit Shift+P to apply Paint on Edges. Click on the red wattle thing to make it active, then hit Shift+P to add a line around it. From here on in during this tutorial, when I indicate that you should Paint on Edges, use these same settings. Click on the head/body object and Paint on Edges. Click on the big object at the bottom of the stack, the feathers, and Paint on Edges. If necessary, use the Attributes toolbar's Order options to change the stacking order. Now you've got something that looks like this:

turkey so far

Time to make a big white pilgrim collar for the turkey. Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and choose Spline. Click in the Color box and select white. Click and drag the left half of the collar. Right click and Duplicate it, then Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. For both objects, Paint on Edges. Position them on the turkey's "shoulders."

add collar

Click Shape in the Attributes toolbar and select Ellipse. Make a wide, flat ellipse shape, which will represent the folded back edges of the collar. Convert this Path object to an Image object, then click the Darken sun key's minus (-) sign 1X to darken it. Paint on Edges. Right click Duplicate. Drag these so they are under the sides of the collar. Use the Pick tool to change the stacking order so it looks like this.

ellipse shapes added and stacked on collar

Next let's make a hat. Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Rounded Rectangle. Click Color and choose black. Make a shape for the crown of the hat. Choose the Transform tool, Distort option, and make the bottom of the hat wider than the top.

crown of hat

Select the Line and Arrow tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Spline. Click the Color box and select black. Make sure you have a solid line with no arrow or ball at the end. Click Width and select 6. Click and drag a curved brim for the hat. Make it extend on both sides so that it comes over the turkey's face on the sides.

make brim for hat

Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Select the Object Paint Eraser and erase very carefully, getting rid of the parts of the brim that are on the turkey's face.

erase brim on face

Choose the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Ellipse. Click in the Color box and choose a very dark gray. Make an Ellipse shape that will go behind the brim of the hat. Duplicate it and put both of the ellipses behind the brim using the Pick and the Order options for stacking.

add gray ellipses behind brim

Select the Line and Arrow tool with the same settings you used for the hat brim. Click in the Color box and select the same dark orange-red used on the wattle. Make a band for the hat, curving it slightly around the crown and extending a little out from the sides. Do Paint on Edges.

add hat band

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and choose Ellipse. Click Color and select the same dark orange-red used on the hat band. Make a small, wide ellipse. It will go behind the hat band, on the sides, to create a rounded look. Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. Click the Darken sun key's minus (-) sign 1X to darken the ellipse. Paint on Edges. Right click, Duplicate. Position one ellipse on each side of the hat band. Right click, Arrange, Send to Bottom.

add ellipses

Select the Outline Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Square. Click in the Color box and select Gradient Fill. When the Gradient fill box opens, select the same Two color orange to yellow gradient used on the beak. Click Width and select 4. Make a buckle for the hat. Paint on Edges. Position it on the hat band.

hat completed

Making the bow is a little tricky. I used the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Spline. Click in the Color box and select a bright orange (RGB=225, 113, 0). Click and drag a bow shape in sections: Left side, right side, left tail, right tail, then make an irregularly round shape for the knot. Each time you make an object for the bow, Paint on Edges. 

make a bow with spline tool

Right click, Arrange, and change the stacking order as needed. Make an ellipse shape for the top of the bow, convert it to an Image object, then darken it. Duplicate the ellipse and position behind the bow, at the top, on each side. While a bow object is active, Shift+Click the other bow objects until all are selected at the same time. Right click, Merge As Single Object.

Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Fine Round Marker Preset. Change the brush Size to 5. Click in the Color box and choose White. In the Attributes toolbar, select Mode to enter Paint as Object mode. Click all over the bow to make dots. When you're done making dots, deselect Mode. While the little dots are active, select the Pick tool and Shift+Click the orange bow. Right click, Merge As Single Object, so the dots are merged with the bow.

add dots to bow

Select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Fine Brush from the Preset dropdown list. Change the brush Size to 1, and the Soft edge to 1. Click Mode to enter Paint as Object Mode.

Draw some lines on the bow to look like folds and drapes. When you're done, deselect Mode.  While the lines are active, select the Pick tool and Shift+Click the bow. Right click, Merge As Single Object. Drag the bow onto the turkey's collar.

add bow to collar

turkey legFinally, let's make some shoes and socks for the turkey. Select the Path Drawing tool. In the Attributes toolbar, click Shape and select Rounded Rectangle. Click in the Color box and use the same orange used to make the bow. Draw a tall, narrow "leg." 

Choose Object, Convert Object Type, From Path to Image. While the object is active, select the Paintbrush tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Ribbon preset. Change the brush Size to 10 and Soft edge=10. Click in the color box and select the dark orange you used on the hat band and wattle. Click Shape and select the vertical brush shape, shown below.

change brush shape

Paint horizontal stripes on the sock. The nice thing about painting on an object is you don't have to worry about going out of the lines! The paint will only "stick" to the object. Change back to the Fine Brush Preset, Size=1, Soft edge=1. Select the Pick tool, then Shift+P to Paint on Edges.

paint stripes, paint on edges

Select the Path Drawing tool. Click Shape and select Spline. Click in the Color box and select black. Click and drag a shoe shape. Make it plenty big. Click Shape and select Rectangle. Make a tall narrow rectangle for the heel of the shoe. Drag it onto the shoe shape, then Shift+Click the shoe, so that both are selected at the same time. Right click, Merge As Single Object.

shoe and sock

Right click and Duplicate the shoe and leg. Edit, Rotate & Flip, Flip Horizontally. Use the Pick tool to position the two legs at the bottom of the turkey. Use the Order options to send them to the back of the stack. Right click on the hat's buckle and Duplicate it 2X. Drag the buckles down onto the shoes. Use the Transform tool's Rotate options to rotate the buckles, so they aren't perfectly straight.

add shoes to bottom of turkey

Now we'll add some shading to finish up the turkey. With the Pick tool, select the large feather object, the one behind the body. Select the Airbrush Paint tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select Fat Stroke from the Preset dropdown list. Click in the Color box and select reddish-brown (RGB=119, 43, 26). Remember how the paint will only stick to the active object? Move the brush half off the object, so that only the edges of the object are touched, and spray paint all along the edges.

airbrush brown around edges of object

Switch to the Smudge Retouch tool. Do not select a preset, just use the default values. Drag the Smudge tool from the edges of the object into the center. Repeat all the way around the object.

smudge airbrushed paint around edges

With the Pick tool, click on the head/body object to select it. Use the same Airbrush settings to paint lightly around the edges of this object, just barely touching the sides of the neck and face. Use the Smudge Retouch tool to drag the paint again.

airbrush and smudge body/head

With the Pick tool, click on the head/body object to select it. Choose the Burn Retouch tool. In the Attributes toolbar, select the Wide Burn preset. This is a very large brush size, but you are only going to position the brush over the very edges of the object. Lightly catch the edges of the object, creating a darkened area around the edges. Repeat on the larger feather object.

apply Burn Retouch tool

Use the Pick tool to select the brim of the hat. Right click and choose Shadow. Add a shadow to the brim using these attributes.

add shadow to brim

After adding the shadow, choose Object, Split Shadow. Hit the space bar to deactivate all objects. Now click on the shadow to make it active. The shadow looks good under the brim, where it falls across the forehead. However, you don't need the rest of it. Select the Object Paint Eraser. Erase the sides of the shadow, so only the part falling across the forehead shows.

erase sides of shadow, leave middle

To help the bow stand out a little better, click on it to make it active. Right click and choose Shadow. Add a black shadow with these attributes.

shadow for bow

If you want to add a little cheek color, with the Pick tool click on the head/body object to make it active. Select the Airbrush Paint tool again. Select the Fat Stroke Preset. Click in the Color box and choose a peachy-coral color (RGB=255, 127, 124) and edit the Transparency to 75. Click on each cheek a few times to add a little color. 

Right click and Select All Objects, then right click and Group. Drag the turkey to your EasyPalette so you can save it for future use. If you want to add a shadow to the entire turkey, right click and Merge As Single Object. And now your turkey is done. I don't think you'll want to eat him though -- he's too cute!

This tutorial uploaded 11/17/00

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