In this tutorial you will use Adobe Illustrator to learn to create an amazing rocket by using some simple methods and shapes, gradient tool and various options in the effect and object menu to achieve the final outcome. We’ll use filters like Blur to create smoothness and movement in some of the illustration elements. Hopefully you will learn some interesting tips along the way.

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Difficulty: Easy

What will you get?

• Comes with Ai file for easy reference
• Detailed step by step tutorial to draw a nice realistic rocket vector

Create the Fire

28. With the Pen Tool (P) create a black object like you see in the first image below. Once your object is drawn, remove its stroke and fill this object with the linear gradient as shown in the second image. Finally apply a 5px Gaussian Blur effect for the newly created shape, then hide the resulting shape behind the rocket.

29. With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create an object like you see in the image below. Once your object is drawn, remove its stroke and then fill this object with the radial gradient as shown in the second image. Next apply a 20px Gaussian Blur effect for the resulting shape.

30. Draw two curved paths with the Pen Tool (P) and give them a 3px red stroke for the moment, then apply the Width Profile 1 for the resulting paths. Continue with the Pen Tool (P) create four curved paths like you see in the last two images below.

31. Now, follow the sequence of images and apply the Gaussian Blur effect for the six curved paths similar to the ones from below.

32. In the end your illustration should look like in the next image:

33. With the Ellipse Tool (L) create two white ellipses and then place them to the positions as shown below. Next apply a 20px Gaussian Blur effect for these two ellipses. Continue with the Ellipse Tool (L), create two ellipses with dimensions: 488 by 260px and 428 by 266px, then place these ellipses to the positions like you see in the third image. Fill the two newly created ellipses with the radial gradient as shown in the fourth image and then remove the strokes of them. Finally apply a 15px Gaussian Blur effect for the resulting ellipses.

34. With the Ellipse Tool (L), create two ellipses with dimensions: 330 by 330px and 284 by 284px, then place them to the positions as shown below. Fill the two newly created ellipses with the radial gradient like you see in the second image and then remove the strokes of them. Next apply a 20px Gaussian Blur effect for the resulting ellipses. Make sure that the two ellipses with blur effect applied in this step is still selected and make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of them. Keep these copies selected, open the Appearance palette (Window > Appearance) and click on the Gaussian Blur section. In the Gaussian Blur dialog box, enter a 5px in the Radius box and then click OK.