In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a natural summer background.
1. How to Draw the Paper and the Board
Let’s begin drawing the paper with Mesh!
Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and a white rectangle. Click inside the rectangle to create a Mesh grid, and then color the lower and right edges of the paper with
Bend the upper left corner of the paper, and then color it with
#B8B8B8. Finish by changing a node to
Create a shape of a bent corner, filling it with a Linear Gradient from
Attach the corner to the paper.
Begin making a blend by creating two shapes like shown below, the bigger one white and the smaller black.
Place the black shape inside the white shape.
Make the white shape transparent, and then proceed to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Set it to Specified Steps, 30.
Finally, select both objects and finish with Object > Blend > Make.
Add the blend under the paper. You can also learn how to create a nail in this tutorial.
Let’s begin by taking a wooden vector texture! You can find out how to make one right here.
If you end up using the texture from my tutorial, begin by adjusting the color of the wood with Edit > Edit Colors > Saturate with a value of -67%.
Create a gradient overlay for the planks. Use a Radial Gradient from
#0C0503, and set the object to Overlay.
Pick five planks out of the texture (preferably the ones pictured below and in the same order), and then place the overlay on top of each.
Draw an outline of a plank as shown below, and then create a copy of it.
Use the original to make a clipping mask with the textured plank. Fill the copy with
#82614A, and then go to Effect > 3D > Extrude and Bevel.
Input the options shown below, and expand the result with Object > Expand Appearance.
Place the texture on top of the object.
Use the same outline and 3D object for the second textured plank.
Draw a new outline for the fourth and third planks, and then repeat the process of Steps 10-12.
Create one final outline and 3D object for plank 5.
Assemble the sign as shown below and rotate it slightly.
Take planks 1 and 4, create copies of them, and stretch them out.
Add those behind the sign.
Add the paper on top of the sign.
2. How to Draw the Ladybug
Begin by drawing the body of the bug with Mesh.
You will need these colors:
Finish the Mesh drawing.
Create a rectangle filled with
#BD4117, and bend it with Arc and Expand Appearance.
Color the object with Mesh.
Finish the wing.
Color it with Mesh.
Draw the head of the ladybug.
Draw another part of the head.
Draw the antennae.
Change the Transparency of the spot, and then create a few copies and modify them with Effect > Bend.
Assemble the ladybug.
Create a Blend shadow out of
3. How to Draw the Background
Begin by drawing a simple mesh object using
If you’d like to draw the leaves and the branch, consult this tutorial.
Then recolor the leaves with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and 5% Red.
Recolor some of the individual leaves using the same method. You can also make some of them more transparent.
Arrange some leaves inside an outline for a Clipping Mask.
Take the grass from this tutorial.
Then isolate one of the blades and bend it with Effect > Warp > Arc.
Set the ladybug on top of the bent blade of grass.
Place it in the middle of the grass patch.
Create circles, different in size and filled with
#B4B4B4. Set them to Overlay.
Add more sizes and varying Opacity.
Draw the sun using a Radial Gradient from
Set the Transparency to Screen.
Assemble the background out of all the elements, and you’re done!
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.