Let’s start off by drawing the first boot with Gradient Mesh.
Create an orange rectangle—the color is #CB492C.
Next, grab the Mesh Tool (U). Click to create nodes, which in turn create a Mesh Grid. When you have a thick enough mesh grid, grab the edges of the rectangle and move them to make the shape rounder. It should resemble the shape of a boot.
Once you’re done with the shaping, select the nodes on the left side of the shoe (they are already colored differently in the screenshot) and color them with #F7997F.
Next, select the nodes on the edges of the object (they’re selected below) and proceed to change their color to #A73013. Add some darker red tones in the fourth step with #BA391D, and then add more highlights with #DD6B4E and #D0593C.
Always make sure to select the nodes that are selected in each screenshot below and apply the corresponding color to them!
Draw an object in the shape of a sole for the boot, coloring it with #1A1C24. Attach it to our mesh shape, and then create a smaller copy of both objects.
Modify the smaller copy with mesh. You will need these colors:
Add some shadows by cloning an ellipse filled with a #C4A78B to white Radial Gradient. Set them to Multiply.
2. How to Draw the Umbrella
Begin drawing the umbrella with mesh.
Draw a handle by filling a narrow rectangle with a Linear Gradient. It should contain these colors: #C6BDB3 – #4A4138 – #BAAFA4 – #14120F.
Draw the final part by applying a Gradient to the Stroke of a drawn path. It should contain these colors: #1B0D03 – #C39983 – #1B0D03.
Expand the path.
Assemble the umbrella, adding some shadows underneath.
3. How to Draw the Background and the Floor
Begin by drawing the backdrop with mesh.
To add the wooden floor, first consult Section 4 of this tutorial:
Learn how to create a vector sunflower using the Mesh Tool and Warp Effects in Adobe Illustrator!
Create a background.
Assemble all the elements!
Congratulations, You’re Now Done!
Thank you for following along, and please feel welcome to post your result in the comments. I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!
In this tutorial, you learned how to create an autumn background using the Mesh Tool. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and learned how to use Gradient Mesh for the future! Check out some of my other vector tutorials on my instructor profile.