In this tutorial, you will learn how to illustrate 2 pieces of garlic. I am glad that its wonderful fragrance isn’t transferred through the illustration. You will work using the gradient mesh tool in the Illustrator software to illustrate details in color.
1. Draw a simple sketch (as shown) with the Pen tool from the tool box. Use the Direct Selection tool and select its nodes to form the sketch.
2. Choose the base color for the sketch with the color palette and remove the Stroke from the existing menu in the palette.
3. For creating the colors for garlic, you should create some nodes on the shape and paint each node with a color. Therefore, select Object > Create Gradient Node from the menu. Set the number of these nodes for painting from the menu. Select Top Center for Appearance.
4.To apply each individual color on the galric, select the individual nodes by using Direct Selection. Then, set the required color from the palette.
5. You can move each node by using Direct Selection tool to mold the shape.
6. Add brighter or darker colors in the sketch to create the dimension and shape.
7. Apply a different color to the node to create some lines.
8. Draw a highlight on the side (C=5, M=5, Y=4, K=0) and a small strap (C=22, M=24, Y=16, K=0) in the middle.
9. Paint the nodes upward and note that there should only be a slight difference between colors. This will make your sketch look better.
10. Here’s how it looks so far.
11. Paint the bottom left edges (C=42, M=28, Y=29, K=0). For creating highlight, use (C=13, M=13, Y=10, K=0) in the top right.
12.Paint bottom left edges with (C=46, M=48, Y=25, K=0).
13. Next, paint the stalk.
14. Change the stalk color.
15. Distribute the stalk color in the left side.
16. Create sharp edges with moving nodes.
17. Add green coloring on the left side of the stalk (C=47, M=29, Y=59, K=0).
18.Add brighter or darker green colors to the stalk.
19. Make the top right stalk’s edge brighter and make it blend to light-green color (C=11, M=4, Y=13, K=0).
20. Move the nodes and try to create some volume.
21. Draw appropriate lines with the Pen tool for creating skin for the garlic.
22. Select Width Profile 1 from the line setting menu (Variable Width Profile).
23.As we did in the last step, create more lines for the garlic.
24. For painting the lines, it is necessary to change the lines into Object. Select the lines, go to Object menu and select Expand Appearance.
25. You can add a combination of highlights and shadows to the lines with the Gradient tool to create brightness and darkness.
26. Make the lines transparent by using the Opacity tool from Transparency palette.
27. Draw the roots of the garlic with the Pen tool using the Direct Selection tool.
28. Paint this shape by using color palette and remove its stroke from existing menu.
29. Add a simple gradient to the roots.
30. For creating shadow under the garlic, draw a shadow sketch with the Pen tool from the tool box. Then, right-click on it and select Send Backward from Arrange to send behind this sketch.
31. Paint the sketch using color palette and remove its stroke.
32. Blur the shadow shape by selecting Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
33. You can adjust shadow brightness or darkness with the Gradient tool.
34. Make the shadow more transparent with the Opacity tool.
35. Draw a simple sketch of another piece of garlic with the Pen tool from the tool box.
36. Choose the base color for this sketch from the color palette (as we did in the first steps) and remove its Stroke from the existing menu.
37. Repeat step 3 for a small piece of garlic and define the number of nodes for painting in the opening menu. Select Top Center from Appearance.
38. Select the nodes by using Direct Selection first, add the individual colors from the palette.
39. Paint the remaining parts.
40. Use (C=47, M=46, Y=23, K=0) color for middle parts.
41. Paint other parts gradually by making the last color darker or lighter.
42. Create the lines, like we did in Step 22 previously.
43. Repeat Steps 23 and 24 here.
44.You can add a combination of some colors to the color of the lines with the Gradient tool to create the brightness and darkness (as in step 25).
45. For creating roots, draw the object form by means of the Pen tool and form this Object appropriately with the Direct Selection tool. Choose a base color for it from the color palette and remove its Stroke from the existing menu located on the palette.
46. For creating node on it, go to the Object menu and select Create Gradient Mesh. Then, set the number of nodes (5,2) for painting (in the opening menu).
47. Draw freely some Objects with the Pencil tool, and paint them with different colors. Then decrease their Opacity. This will become the root of the small garlic.
48. For creating shadow under the garlic, draw a shadow sketch with the Pen tool from your tool box and form it using the Direct Selection tool. Then right-click on it and select Send Backward from Arrange to send back this sketch on the first one (like in Step 30).
49. Paint it with the color palette (C=69, M=75, Y=44, K=38) and remove its stroke from the existing menu located on the palette.
50. Blur shadow shape with Gaussion Blur from the Effect > Blur menu. You’re done!
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