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How to Create a Scream Mask in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

Scream
is a classic slasher movie series, and in this tutorial, you will
learn how to draw the famous scary mask of the mysterious killer
known as Ghostface. 

Practice your drawing skills and learn how to
play with different shapes and strokes to give dimension to the mask
and create shadows only where needed. Let’s have fun with this one!

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you are looking for more Halloween inspiration or you need more scary
vectors in your life, be sure to check out Envato Market and you’ll
surely find what are you looking for there. 

1. Start
a New Project

Launch
Illustrator
and
go to
File
> New
to
open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the
dimensions and then select
Pixels
as
Units
and
RGB
as
Color
Mode
.
Make sure that
Align
New Objects to Pixel Grid
is
not checked.

Next,
go to
Edit
> Preferences > General
and
set the
Keyboard
Increment
to
1
px
and
while there, go to
Units
to
make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with
these settings, and they will help you throughout the drawing process.

open new illustrator document

2. Create
the Shape of the Mask

Step
1

Grab
the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw two rectangles with the dimensions
shown. While both shapes stay selected, press Unite in the Pathfinder
panel to obtain a single shape.

create the shape of mask

Step
2

Use
the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the points indicated (1)
and press the Convert selected anchor points to smooth option in the
Control panel. As a result, the corner points will turn into rounded
points.

Next,
take the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) and click on the two points
indicated to delete them (2). Make a few extra adjustments to the
resulting shape (3) with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A)
and rotate the handles until you obtain the shape of the mask (4).

distort the shape of mask

Step
3

Fill
the shape of the mask with light gray. Next, use the Pen Tool (P) to
draw a slightly bigger shape filled with the linear gradient shown at
a 90 degrees Angle, and send it behind the mask. Draw a bigger
shape in back and fill it with the other linear gradient shown.

draw the black hood around mask

Step
4

Approximately between the two black shapes, draw a new shape and give it a 2 pt
gray Stroke.

draw the edge of the hood

3. Create
the Outer Edge Shading

Step
1

Follow
the outer edge of the cheekbones and draw two shapes as shown in the
following image, filled with black. Next, go to Effect > Blur >
Gaussian Blur
and apply a Radius of 15 px.

create shading on cheekbones of mask

Step
2

Draw
a moon-like shape at the top of the forehead, filled with black, and
after that, apply a 15 px Gaussian Blur again.

create shading on forehead of mask

Step
3

Draw
another moon-like shape on the chin, filled with black, and apply a 10
px Gaussian Blur
this time.

create shading on the chin of mask

Step
4

Select
the shape of the mask and then Copy and Paste in Place
(Shift-Control-V)
in order to make a copy of it and remove the
existing fill color (the blue shape). Now, select the four shading
shapes along with the copy of the mask, and go to Object > Clipping
Mask > Make (Control-7)
.

mask the shading shapes

4. Create
the Eyes

Step
1

Grab
the Pen Tool (P) and draw the shape of the eye as shown in the following
image. While the eye shape stays selected, go to Object >
Transform > Reflect
, check Vertical, and hit Copy. As a result, you
will get the other eye, and all you need to do is to move it in the
right place.

draw the eye shapes of mask

Step
2

Draw
a slightly bigger eye shape and send it behind the first. Use the
Reflect effect again to obtain the second shape. Fill them with the linear gradient shown at a -90 degrees Angle.

draw bigger eye shapes

Step
3

Before
you continue, select only the two bigger eye shapes and Copy and
Paste in Back (Control-B) in order to make copies for later. 

Select
the two eye shapes from the left side and go to Object > Blend >
Blend Options
. Choose 20 Specified Steps and hit OK; then go back to
Object > Blend > Make (Alt-Control-B). Repeat the same thing on
the right side.

blend the eye shapes of mask

Step
4

Select
the two copies of the bigger eye shapes that you made in the
previous step and make sure that they are behind the blend groups.
Keep the existing gradient, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and apply a Radius of 3 px. This will create a discreet shadow around
the eyes.

create shadow around the eyes of mask

Step
5

Next,
draw a smaller eye shape filled with black and use the Reflect effect
to obtain the second shape for the other eye. With these two shapes
selected, apply the Drop Shadow effect using the settings shown
below.

draw the holes in the eyes of mask

5. Create
Shading Around the Eyes

Step
1

Follow
the inner edge of the eyes and draw two shapes as shown in the following
image. Fill them with light gray and then apply a 3 px Gaussian Blur.

create shadow between the eyes of mask

Step
2

Follow
the outer edge of the cheekbones and draw two paths with the Pen Tool
(P)
. Give them a 5 pt black Stroke and use the Width Profile 1. While
the two paths stay selected, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian
Blur
and apply a Radius of 3 px.

intensify shadow on cheekbones

6. Create
the Mouth

Step
1

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a long shape as the mouth. Make a copy in
back of the pink shape, and scale it to obtain the slightly bigger
blue shape.

draw the mouth of the mask

Step
2

Fill
the pink shape of the mouth with the first gradient and the blue
shape of the mouth with the second gradient shown, both at a 90
degrees Angle
.

color the mouth shapes of the mask

Step
3

Before
you continue, select only the bigger shape of the mouth and then Copy
and Paste in Back (Control-B) in order to make a copy of it for
later.

While
the two mouth shapes stay selected, go to Object > Blend >
Blend Options
. Choose 20 Specified Steps and hit OK; then go back to
Object > Blend > Make (Alt-Control-B).

Finally,
draw a slightly smaller shape of the mouth, or just scale one of the
previous mouth shapes, and fill it with black. 

blend the mouth and draw the mouth hole

Step
4

Now,
select the copy of the bigger mouth shape that you made in the
previous step and use the gradient shown at a 90 degrees Angle to
fill it. Go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a Radius
of 3 px, and you will create a discreet shadow around the mouth.

create shadow around the mouth of mask

7. Create
the Nose

Step
1

Draw
a triangle shape with rounded corners and fill it with the linear
gradient shown at a -90 degrees Angle. Continue with a smaller
triangle shape at the base of the first one and use the second linear
gradient to fill it.

draw the nose shapes of mask

Step
2

Before
you continue, make a copy in back of the bigger nose shape for later
use.

Now,
select the two nose shapes and blend them using 35 Specified Steps.
After that, draw two small black shapes at the base of the nose as
the nostrils.

blend the nose shapes and draw the holes

Step
3

Select
the copy of the bigger nose shape that you made in the previous
step and fill it with the linear gradient shown at a -90 degrees
Angle
. Apply a 3 px Gaussian Blur and you will get a discreet shadow
around the nose.

create shadow around the nose of mask

Step
4

You
are almost done with the face. Draw two long shapes 
on the cheeks, as shown in the following
image, and select light gray as the fill color. Go to
Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a Radius of 3 px.

create shading on the cheeks of mask

8. Create
the Cape

Step
1

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw two shapes like the ones in the following image, and
move them to a new layer behind the mask.

draw the cape shapes

Step
2

Let’s create some shading and highlights on the cape. Draw a big moon-like
shape filled with black and then apply a 5 px Gaussian Blur. Reduce
the Opacity to 60% if needed.

create shading on the cape of mask

Step
3

Draw
a few other random shapes on the cape filled with black and apply a 5
px Gaussian Blur
.

create more shading on the cape of mask

Step
4

Draw
a few other smaller shapes between the shading shapes and fill them
with the colors indicated below. Apply a 5 px Gaussian Blur again.

create highlights on the cape of mask

Step
5

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw a path following the top edge of the cape and then select a 5 pt Stroke with the Width Profile 1. For visual reasons
I used red, but you should use black.

While
this path stays selected, apply a 3 px Gaussian Blur and you will
intensify the shadow on the forehead under the cape.

intensify shadow on forehead of mask

Step
6

Draw
another curved path on the top of the cape and give it a 10 px Stroke
with the Width Profile 1. For visual reasons I used red, but you
should use black. Apply a 3 px Gaussian Blur to darken that area.

intensify shadow on the head of mask

Step
7

At
this point the mask is ready and should look like the image below.

finished scream mask

Awesome Work, You’re Done!

Scary
or not so scary?

I
hope you had fun with this tutorial. I expect a lot of recreations, so
be sure to share them with me because I love a good scary thing.

Scream mask final image