Illustrator Tutorial: How to Draw a Vector Kiwi


Ever wonder how to make a vector kiwi in Adobe Illustrator? Well I did and here is what I came up with. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to do it using illustrator effects like Texturizer, Pointillize, Grain and Film grain. Hope you can learn some new stuff in this tutorial.

Drawing the Kiwi Shape

Open a new document. Set it at any size that you want in RGB mode. The first step is to find some colors to use in this tutorial. For that, we will go to Windows>Adobe Labs>kuler and type the word kiwi in the search box. I found some interesting color scheme that I like and I saved them in my Swatches panel. If you like other colors feel free to use them.

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Next, take the Ellipse tool and draw am oval shape like the one below and rotate it a little so that it looks more natural. Fill it with the gradient that you see in the image. Colors are: (224,238,174); (175,212,34); (137,96,58). final effect

Drawing the Kiwi Fruit Pulp

Now we will start creating the fruit pulp. Go to Brushes Panel and click the Brush Libraries menu or go to Windows>Brush Libraries>Artistic>Artistic_Ink and find the brush that you see in the image below. final effect

Go to Object>Transform>Transform Each. Set the Rotate angle at different angles and press copy to get a random look. Repeat this steps until you have a circle of fruit pulp. final effect

You should have something like this. Go to Object>Expand Appearance and ungroup them by pressing Crl+Shift+G/Command+Shift+G. Continue editing the shape until you are happy with the results, like what I did. This will make our kiwi look more natural later on. final effect

Next, we will add some color. Use the colors: (163,126,78), (192,226,33), (224,238,174) for the gradient and fill the shape with a radial gradient as shown below.

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Position the shape in the center of our kiwi. Set it to Multiply and lower the Opacity to 33%. final effect

For a more realistic look, we will create 2 more shapes. Copy and paste the shape that we just created and we will apply some effects to it. Go to Effect>Texture>Texturizer and set the values as shown below. final effect

Next, go to Effect>Stylize>Outer Glow and set the values as shown below. final effect

Now, position the shape on top of the first one. Set the mode to multiply and the opacity to 48%.

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To give it more depth, copy and paste the first shape again. Make it half the size and position it on top of the others. Set it to multiply and lower the opacity to 40%. You will end up with something like in the image below. final effect

Now, we will make the heart of the kiwi. Just take the pencil and draw a random shape like the one below and fill it with the radial gradient shown. Colors are: (252,246,218) and (119,137,42). Next, apply the Pucker and Bloat effect. This will make the shape blend better in the midlle of the kiwi. final effect final effect

Next, copy and paste in front this shape and fill it with a radial gradient from white to black. Select both shapes, go to Transparency panel and select Make opacity mask from the dropdown menu. You will end up with something like in the image below.

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Drawing the Kiwi Seeds

It’s time to create the kiwi seeds. Take the Ellipse tool and create 3 oval shapes. I colored them one dark brown, one black and one filled with a radial gradient from black to white for a different look. When you are done, group them together and drag them in the Symbols panel.

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Now, select the Symbol Sprayer tool and start spraying the seeds. Also use the Symbol Shifter and the Symbol Sizer to get a more random and natural look. For a more detailed look, group the seeds together. Copy and rotate them a little so they don’t overlapp and reduce the opacity to 40%. See the image below. final effect

Drawing the Kiwi Skin

We are done with this part, now let’s draw the outside skin of the kiwi and the little “hair” on top. For that, go to the Symbols panel, click and select the Symbol Libraries Menu>Hair and Fur and select some of the brown hair symbols that you like best. I created something like in the image below. Then drag it to the symbols panel so we can use it further. Now take the brush tool and select our symbol. Start brushing the left side of the kiwi with this ‘hair’. I made some little segments with this brush so I can twist and modify each one to look more natural. Feel free to arrange them until you it looks natural. I got something like in the image below.

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It’s time for the outside skin of our kiwi. Take the Ellipse tool and draw a shape of a kiwi and fill it with this color (135,98,57). Now, we will apply some effects on it. Go to Effects>Texture>Grain and set the values shown below. final effect

Go to Effects>Artistic>Film Grain and set the values like below. You will have something like this:

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Now, positon this shape in the back of our kiwi and arrange it to look natural. I also added some extra ‘hair’ on top of it with the symbol that we created earlier and with the method explained earlier. Now, we have something like this as shown below.

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But our kiwi seems to be missing something and the work is not done yet. It needs more texture to make it look realistic. Copy and paste in front the pulp shape of the fruit (the green one). I have moved the shape away so that you can see the effect. But you can just paste it in front of the original. Go to Effect>Pixelate>Pointillize and set the values below. Then lower the opacity to 20%.

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I decided to add a few water drops. To make them, take the Ellipse tool and create the shape from the image below and fill it with a linear gradient using the colors: (192,226,33), (136,175,14). final effect

Create a second shape smaller than the first one and fill it with a radial gradient using the colors: (224,238,174), (175,212,34). final effect

Place the second shape on top of the first one like in the image below and create 3 more shapes to add more glow to the water drop. Use a white fill on one and fill the other two using the same gradient like the second shape we made previously.

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Now, arrange all the shapes as shown below. Lower the opacity for the white shape to 40% and group them all. Also reduce the opacity of the group to 25-35% depending on the size of your kiwi. final effect

Go to Effects>Stylize>Drop Shadow and set the values as shown below. final effect

Now, we just have to make more copies in different sizes and place them on top of the kiwi. Adjust the opacity for each of the water drops only if necessary. The illustration is done. Here is the final image of our fresh and tasty kiwi. screenshot

Hope you have enjoyed reading it and learnt some useful techniques in illustrator.

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I'm a graphic designer extremely passionate about my work. I discovered Illustrator a while ago and simply love it. Since then, it has kept me busy and active.

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    anais June 29th

    awesome! thank you for sharing.

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    Charu Smita June 30th

    Excellent work! Thanks for sharing.

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    Bariski June 30th

    Thanks buddy, will come in handy :)

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    yvaine2010 June 30th

    Great tut… simple explanation :)

  5. Gravtar for Diana Toma
    Diana Toma June 30th

    Thanks, glad you all like it.

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    Rype June 30th

    Nice tutorial! I really like the use of the Grain effect for creating texture.

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    Mahallo Media June 30th

    Cool tutorial, thanks 😉

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    Dainis Graveris July 4th

    oh, that’s one delicious kiwi fruit, thanks for tutorial :)

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    Empire Elements July 13th

    This tutorial is definitely a big help for all.


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    Laura August 7th

    Wow that looks good enough to eat! I see a project for myself this weekend to tighten up my illustrations skills. Thanks =D

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    mocona August 30th

    Wow !! Great !!

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    John Chappell September 24th

    Spooner. You did it again! You make things so easy to learn in illustrator. Wish you were a Professor at my Uni!

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    Alla November 10th

    Nice Tutorial, Thanks!

    Diana, Can I translated into Russian and published on the website, with reference to you and to the original.

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    Diana Toma November 12th

    That’s ok with me.Sure

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    Raju Ahmed May 9th

    very intelligent work.thank for u

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    babor_7uiu June 2nd

    thanks for tips.really it’ a great tutorial

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    Tech-Tak-Talk September 24th

    I hope I can do this in Inkscape. I don’t have an illustrator program.. :(

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    Kimson December 29th

    Then drag it to the symbols panel so we can use it further. Now take the brush tool and select our symbol. Start brushing the left side of the kiwi with this ‘hair’

    I realy don’t understand that, I can’t select a symbol while using the brush tool. Please help

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    Diana December 30th

    Take the Symbol Sprayer Tool, select the symbol and start spraying following the left side

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    Amy February 24th

    How do you change the brush strokes to a gradient color?

  21. Gravtar for Diana
    Diana February 25th

    After Expand or Expand Appearance from the Object menu

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    Avi Web Design Studio June 23rd

    Nice tutorial, specially the water drop creation.

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    Ben July 20th

    Whoa… Wicked! Thanks heaps for posting this. It is really inspiring. I tried illustrating a mascot design for a project of mine and couldn’t seem to get it right. In the end I decided on getting some professional help. The designers at managed to realize my vision of illustrating a character design that was above expectations. I highly recommend them. For the price I paid it was indeed a steal. I guess I am not good at designing at all. Anyway, thanks for providing a source of inspiration I might add. This site rocks big time!

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    Tekki August 2nd

    Wow! I am digging an old post like this, old yet like an antic jewel of information, there are so much gems in this post that can help me to be a web designer. Though I find it hard to follow some of the steps, I really find it amazing. Very nice collection, Thanks again!

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    Malika khurana January 6th

    TOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooo gooood

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    Malika khurana January 6th

    its just like waaaaaaaaooooooooow i loved it truely awesummmmm

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    Emily February 6th

    thanks :)



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