In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a light bulb with some nature elements!
1. How to Draw the Light Bulb
Let’s learn how to use Gradient Mesh!
Begin by drawing a rectangle and filling it with
#3E4A56. Next, take the Mesh Tool (U) and create a mesh grid inside the object by clicking on different spots.
the object into the shape seen in the screenshot below. Once the shape
and the mesh grid match the image, select the edge nodes and
color them with
Continue by selecting and coloring the indicated nodes with the respective colors.
You will need these:
Change the light bulb’s Transparency mode to Multiply.
Next, draw a grey shape, filled with
#B4B4B5. Change it to Screen with 80% Opacity.
Place the highlight on the bulb.
Begin drawing the base of the light bulb with Mesh.
You will need these colors:
Draw one more part.
Draw the base.
Construct the part.
Put the light bulb together.
To add the patch of grass and the ladybug, consult these tutorials:
Fit them into the outline of the bulb, and then Make a Clipping Mask.
Place the mesh bulb on top of the grass.
Draw a mesh highlight—black outline with a white middle. Set it to Screen with 80% Opacity and place it on top of the bulb.
You can add a couple of Gradient shadows under the light bulb.
Draw a white rectangle with a mesh grid, and make its upper edge transparent.
Place a reflected copy of the bulb under the original, and then place the mesh on top of it.
2. How to Draw the Butterfly
Draw black outlines for the wing.
Draw mesh inserts. Use black for the outline and
#FFF3A0 for the middle.
Draw some more elements with the same colors.
Draw six more elements using black and
Draw one more mesh element. Use these colors:
Create different copies of the element.
Create two more modified copies.
Assemble the top part of the wing.
Assemble the bottom part.
Assemble the wing.
Create a reflected copy of the wing, and then use the Shear Tool with an angle of 211° at a Horizontal Axis on it.
Attach the modified wing to the original.
Draw the body of the butterfly with Mesh.
Draw another black part using a specific Stroke profile. Expand the object.
Assemble the body.
Add the wings.
Place the butterfly on top of the light bulb!
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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