In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a vector Thanksgiving background!
1. How to Draw the Pumpkin
Let’s start by drawing the pumpkin with Gradient Mesh.
Create an orange object in the shape of a pumpkin —the color is
#E3860F. Next, grab the Mesh Tool (U). Click to create nodes, which in turn create a Mesh Grid.
Once your Mesh Grid resembles the one shown below, select
the right cluster of nodes (they are already colored differently in the
screenshot) and color them with
Next, select nodes that are lighter (they’re selected below) and proceed to change their color to
#EBA427. Add some darker orange tones in the fourth step with
#BE361B, and then darken it more with
Always make sure to select the nodes that are selected in each screenshot below and apply the corresponding color to them!
Continue coloring the pumpkin with the help of the screenshot below. You will need to use these colors:
Finish the mesh using these colors:
Draw another element.
Begin drawing the stem.
Finish the stem.
Assemble the pumpkin!
2. How to Draw the Leaves
Draw a leaf with mesh. Use these colors:
- Create the Mesh Grid
#BA600F Stroke with a specific Stroke Profile for the details.
Expand the line, and then set it to Multiply with 20% Opacity.
Place the line in the middle of the leaf, and then add a Clipping Mask as shown below.
Create a narrower copy of the leaf we just made.
Create one more modified version of the original with Effect > Warp > Arc. Use a 14% Bend, and Expand Appearance of the result.
Add one more version with Effect > Warp > Arch. Use -31% Bend, -22% Horizontal, and 13% Vertical Distortion.
Add a final version with Effect > Warp > Bulge and these settings:
- Bend: 12%
- Horizontal Distortion: -9%
- Vertical Distortion: 1%
Draw a narrow branch, colored with
#CB1100. Use Stroke, just like in Step 2.
Place the corresponding leaves on the branch.
Recolor the original red leaf with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors. Use:
- Red: -7%
- Green: 19%
- Blue: -21%
Add a version using Effect > Warp > Bulge. Use these settings:
- Bend: 22%
- Horizontal Distortion: -25%
- Vertical Distortion: 0%
Add one more brown leaf with Effect > Warp > Arc. Use these parameters:
- Bend: -21%
- Horizontal Distortion: -11%
- Vertical Distortion: 1%
Don’t forget to Expand Appearance.
Add a brown,
Place the new leaves on the branch.
To add more leaves, consult some of my other tutorials!
- AutumnHow to Draw a Colorful Autumn Background With Leaves in Adobe Illustrator
- Gradient Mesh ToolHow to Create a Vector Autumn Background in Adobe Illustrator
3. How to Add the Background
#EDDCAF card, adding a
#E0C9A0 border to it.
Draw a Blend shadow! Use shapes filled with
Place the smaller shape inside the bigger shape, and then make the bigger one completely transparent. Proceed to Object > Blend > Blend Options, choosing Specified Steps with a value of 30.
Finally, select both shapes and use Object > Blend > Make to create a transparent shadow.
Place the shadow behind the card.
Draw the paper background with mesh. Use
Place all the elements on the background!
Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!
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