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Scale up the shape. You can enter the values in the options bar above.
Move the starburst slightly toward the upper half of the document.
Set the starburst belnding mode to "Color Burn". Clip the starburst to the vintage pattern layer.
I would like to hide the bottom of the starburst. Add mask to the layer first.
Select the Gradient Tool, pick the black to white gradient and draw over the desired area like in the below image.
The background has been prepped. Now we will start drawing the cat character. Lets start by creating the head. Select the Ellipse Tool and draw a circle shape like below.
Develop the eyes from the ellipse shape. Use the ellipse tool to draw shape you see in the below image.
Grab the Direct Selection Tool and select the middle left anchor point.
Select the Convert Point Tool and click on the above anchor point to convert the rounded edge into a crisp one.
Repeat the same thing with the middle right anchor point too.
Hit Ctrl+T and rotate the eye at an angle to a degree that looks appropriate.
Duplicate eye shape. Flip it horizontally.
Draw the eyeballs using the Ellipse Tool.
Now we apply gradient to the head base layer. Double click on the layer to load the Layer Style dialog box, create the below gradient and apply.
Set the eye color to #4e2419.
Draw the nose shape using the Polygon Tool
Continue to construct the mouth shape. Use the Rectangle Tool to draw the below shape.
Draw this shape further.
Rotate the shape.
Duplicate the layer.
Press Ctrl+T, right click on the shape and choose Flip Horizontal.
Your image should look like this so far.
Now we draw the whiskers in Illustrator. Draw a curved line with the Pen tool. After drawing the initial path make a couple of copies.
Select all the 3 shapes and create a copy of it by dragging while holding Alt key.
Copy the both shapes from illustrator and paste into the main working document.
Apply color overlay to match the color.
Draw the ear shape with the Pen tool.
Duplicate the shape and rotate.
Now draw the body with Pen tool.
Apply gradient to the body shape. Create the below gradient in the Layer Style palette and apply.
We will draw the leg shape.
Duplicate the shape and place above the body layer.
Apply gradient to the leg shape.
Apply the same gradient to the other leg as well.
Draw the feet like in the below image.
We are done with the front legs. Now we will create the back leg, draw the shape like in the below image.
Now add the same gradient we applied to the body.
Draw the feet.
The character is almost ready except the tail. Draw the tail shape with the Pen Tool. Apply the gradient that is applied to the front legs.