In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful set of tropical flowers and leaves!
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1. How to Draw the Flower
First, draw an ellipse and fill it with
#CC2C10, as indicated below.
Let’s begin using Mesh! Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and begin pulling around the edges of the ellipse to create a petal shape. Next, create a Mesh Grid like the one in the screenshot below by clicking where the nodes are supposed to be.
Once your Mesh Grid is done, begin coloring it by selecting the nodes with the Mesh Tool (U) and changing their color to
Continue by coloring the nodes selected in the screenshot below with
Continue coloring the first petal by clicking the selected nodes and coloring them with the corresponding colors. You will need to use these colors:
Similarly, draw the second petal. You will need these:
Use these for the third petal:
Draw the final petal.
Draw the stem.
Draw two more shapes.
Grab the Wrinkle Tool (under the Width Tool) and use the parameters indicated in the screenshot below. Next, “ruffle” the edges of both the ellipses.
Draw one more stem and attach the ellipse on top.
Draw a black ellipse.
Attach pollen to the stem of the flower.
Finally, assemble the flower out of the petals we made before.
2. How to Draw the Leaves
Begin by drawing a simple curved line with the Pen Tool (P), and then change the profile of its stroke to the one shown below.
Apply a Radial Gradient (
#405C00) to the Stroke.
Go to Object > Expand Appearance to create an object out of the stroke.
#467306 path, and then change its profile.
Expand Appearance of the object, and then create some Mesh.
Go to Effect > Warp > Arc and apply a 7% Bend to the object.
Expand Appearance of it.
Attach shapes like this to the first stem, resizing the leaves in the process.
When you’ve got the leaf finished, select all the elements and go to Effect > Warp > Arc.
Apply a 20% Bend to the object, and then Expand its Appearance.
Create a Mesh Grid in a square.
Draw details for the leaf with a
#908A26 stroke and the indicated profile. Expand Appearance.
Select everything, and then go to the Pathfinder panel and click Unite.
Draw an outline of a tropical leaf and place it on top of the green square. Select everything, and then right-click and use Make Clipping Mask.
This is the second finished leaf that we will be using.
3. How to Add the Label
Draw two circles, filling one with a
#FDFDFC Linear Gradient. Make the second one white.
Place the gradient circle on top of the white one. A bit of the bigger circle should be showing.
Let’s create a shadow for the label! Draw two circles, one filled with
#293F06 and the second one with
#FFFFFF. Place the green circle on top, slightly off center.
Change the Opacity of the white circle to 0%.
Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options and set it to Specified Steps, 30.
Select both circles and proceed to Object > Blend > Make.
Arrange the flowers and the leaves into a wreath, placing the label on top. Put the shadow under the label.
Finally, “pull” some of the flowers on top to make the object a bit more three-dimensional.
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!