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Illustrator Tutorial: Pen Organizer

pen pencil organiser

If you like working on Illustrator, then today I’m going to teach you a very nice tutorial, which is going to help you a lot in becoming the professional designer. You will learn how to create a Pen and Pencil Organizer using Illustrator. You will also learn to use hidden/special effects present in the illustrator in this tutorial.

So let us begin the tutorial. We will only use the objects that are created in illustrator and will not import any object from outside.

In this tutorial, we will use the objects that are created in illustrator only and will not import any object from outside.

1. First, let us open a new document. To open a new document. go to File > New and a new document will open. As you can see in the image above, we will name the file and then input the sizes of the artboard. Always remember to keep the color mode in the document to RGB, so that the image looks like an original image.

Drawing the Fountain Pen

2. In the image, you can see a pen, a pencil and 2 brushes. First, let’s start working on the pen.

pen pencil organiser

3. This fountain pen is made with the help of gradient, no special effect has been used. To make the pen, first make a box and fill it with gradient color. The value of gradient is shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

4. To fill the box with gradient, use the values shown below.

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5. Since we have filled the box with gradient, we’ll proceed to making the shape of the handle/cap of a pen along the box, as shown in the image.

pen pencil organiser

6. Fill this shape with gradient color, which will look something like the image below. Note that we should be precise with the value of gradient, as we did while making the top box of the pen.

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7. Let us give this pen handle/cap a 3D look. To achieve the 3D look, select the handle and go to Object > Path > offset path. A window similar to what is shown here will pop up. In this offset window, select 0.5 pt value and press OK.

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8. By doing so, we’ll get one more shape on the outer side of the pen’s handle. Fill this shape with 20% black.

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9. Now, select both shapes on the sides of pen’s handle/cap and go to Object > Blend > Blend Option. You will get a window and then put the value mentioned in the image below (red marked).

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10. By using the blend effect, our pen’s handle/cap will get a 3D effect.

pen pencil organiser

11. Let’s proceed to the next step and make a shape, which will act as a glow on the handle/cap. Make the shape as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

12. After making the shape, fill it with white color and place it over the handle/cap to achieve the look below.

pen pencil organiser

13. After we are done with the handle/cap, let’s proceed further and make a box below the top part of the pen, as shown in the image.

pen pencil organiser

14. Now, fill this box with the gradient color. The values of the gradient are shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

15. Let us then proceed further and make the rest of the pen. Make three boxes and place them over the first box. Fill these boxes with gradient colors with values shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

16. After filling the gradient and placing the boxes, our image will look like this.

pen pencil organiser

17. Now, we’ll make a pointed shape for the pen. Refer to the image below for the kind of shape to make.

pen pencil organiser

18. We will select all the shapes and align them in center. See the image below.

pen pencil organiser

19. Go to Object > Blend > Blend Option and you will see a window shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

20. Next, choose the option “specified steps” and input the value 50 then press OK. Then, go to Object > Blend > Make so our image will achieve a 3D shape.

pen pencil organiser

21. Now, place the above shape under the pen.

pen pencil organiser

22. After placing the shape, our pen will look something like this.

pen pencil organiser

23. We will then give a better look to the pens’ nib. To give the original feel to the nib, make a circle and fill it with black color. Now, make one more circle above it and fill it with gray color, as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

24. Then, create multiple copies of the 2 circles.

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25. Place this circle shape under the nib of the pen and rotate it in a direction by which it fits properly below the nib. See the image below.

pen pencil organiser

26. After the shape is placed, our image will look like this.

pen pencil organiser

27. The illustration of the pen is now done. Now, let’s start making the illustration for the pencil.

Drawing the Pencil

28. We will now begin working on the pencil shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

29. First, make a box and fill it with gradient.

pen pencil organiser

30. Now, make a box on either side of box and fill it with the gradient color as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

31. Now lets make the sharp nib of the pencil. First, make a shape as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

32. Follow the steps below.

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33. Fill this shape with the gradient as done in the earlier step. Then make one more shape, which will be filled with a slightly lighter color to look like this.

pen pencil organiser

34. Place the shape on the pointed nib of the pencil. Our image will look like this after placing the shape.

pen pencil organiser

35. Now that we have made the nib of the pencil, let’s fix it with the pencil now.

pen pencil organiser

36. Now we’ll make the top part of the pencil. Lets first make the steel part of it. To give the effect of the steel first of all make a box and fill it with gradient color. The value of steel’s gradient color is mentioned in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

38. To give the real effect to the steel, make 4 small-small stripes and fill them with simple B&W gradient as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

39. So now our pencil will look like this.

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40. Now lets make the rubber at the top of the pencil. Make a shape and fill it with dark red color as shown in the image.

pen pencil organiser

41. Select the mesh tool and select white color. Now click the upper right corner of the shape with the mesh tool. By doing so the upper corner will be filled with white color.

pen pencil organiser

42. Once the color is filled our pencil is complete and ready. It will look like this.

pen pencil organiser

43. Lets start working on the brush now.

Drawing the Brush

44. Now we’ll work on the brush shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

45. To make the brush first of all make some shapes like this and fill them with the colors as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

46. Align the shapes after filling the color. Now the shapes will look this this after alignment

pen pencil organiser

47. Go to Object > blend > Make. By doing this all the shapes will blend and we’ll get a new look as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

48. And the image looks something like this

pen pencil organiser

49. Now we are done with the bottom part of the brush, so lets move towards the upper part of the brush and make a shape something like this.

pen pencil organiser

50. See the steps below

pen pencil organiser

51. Let’s make the hairy part of the brush now. To make this see the shapes given in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

52. Allign these shapes and brush will get a new look.

pen pencil organiser

53. Hence we are done with the brush which will look like this.

pen pencil organiser

Drawing the Brush

54. To make the second brush make a shape like what is shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

55. Now select the mesh tool and fill this shape with white color. To fill the color first select the shape and click on the right corner, by doing so the color will automatically be filled in the shape.

pen pencil organiser

56. So the bottom part of our brush is ready. Lets now make the upper part of it. This part will be made in silver effect, so lets first make some shapes which will look like this.

pen pencil organiser

57. Let’s fill these shapes with colors. The base will be a flat color and the next 2 shapes will be filled with gradient color. The value is mentioned below.

pen pencil organiser

58. Now align these shapes. After alignment our shapes will look something like this.

pen pencil organiser

59. The silver effect is done. Lets make the upper part of the brush, to do so let’s make a shape as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

60. Fill these shapes with gradient color. Value is given below.

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61. Align these shapes now and it will look like this.

pen pencil organiser

62. Fill the black shapes with the white color.

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63. After filling the white shape the brush will look like this, which is the final look.

pen pencil organiser

 

Drawing the Pen Holder

64. Now we will make the holder for all these items.

pen pencil organiser

65. To make the holder’s shape, first of all make a box as shown in the image below.

pen pencil organiser

66. Make a shape like this and fill it with color shown here.

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67. Blend it after filling the colors. To blend go to Object > Blend > Make.

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68. No place this blended shape on the left side of the box. See the image below.

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69. The image will look like this after placing the shape

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70. Similarly let’s make other shapes and place it over the box.

pen pencil organiser

 

pen pencil organiser

 

pen pencil organiser

71. Now we are done with the centre part of our box and now we’ll make the upper part and make the glowing shapes. First of all, draw the shape shown below and fill it with gray color. Now make one more shape over that shape and fill it with gradient color. It’s not compulsory to fill this color only which I have used, you can use color of your choice but colors should be more than 6.

pen pencil organiser

72. Blend these shapes and place it over the box which will look like this. Make 2 more shapes and fill them with the colors given below.

pen pencil organiser

 

pen pencil organiser

73. Place these 3 shapes on the box

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74. Lets move the bottom art of the holder/box and make some shapes and fill them with colors shown here.

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75. Place these shapes at the bottom of the box.

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76. After the placement our holder/box will look like this, which is almost done.

pen pencil organiser

77. Let’s give it an original look. To do so make a shape in which you want to place your box/holder.

pen pencil organiser

78. Place this shape on the box.

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79. Select both of them after placing.

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80. After selecting go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with top object, as shown in the image below.

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81. After selecting this option both our shapes look different and they will appear something like this.

pen pencil organiser

82. So we are done with the holder and you can place the pen, pencil and brushes behind the holder.

pen pencil organiser

83. After placement image will look like this

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84. To make the holder/box transparent, go to window and open transparency box and select 60% opacity. See the image below.

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85. So by this way our final holder is ready which can be used for online publishing and printing.

Final Image

86. Here’s our final image at the end of the tutorial.

pen pencil organiser

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