Premium Tutorial: Vector Snow Globe

vector snow globe

Christmas is around the corner and in this illustrator tutorial you will learn how to draw a vector snow globe with a winter landscape and a small town inside. This is a great way to learn creative methods and tricks on how to use different brushes to create the snow look and the snowfall. Also by the end of it you will know how to draw a lodge, a snowman and I will explain my way of drawing a fir tree using a personalized fir-tree branch Art Brush.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

What will you get?

    • Instant download of PDF e-book (36 steps)
    • Detailed step by step tutorial
    • Learn to create snow globe
    • Comes with Ai file for easy reference

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1. Open a new document. Take the Pen Tool and draw a path like the one in the image below then go to Effect > 3D > Revolve and set the values shown below to obtain the base of the globe. The color that I used to stroke the path is brown (R=115, G=99, B=87). Select Object > Expand Appearance when you are done.

2. Now draw an oval shape using the Ellipse Tool at the top of the base and fill it with white. Take the Pen Tool and draw an oval shape for the reflection. Fill it with (R=255, G=250, B=203) then go to Effect > Stylize > Feather and apply a 12 px Feather Radius. Change the Blending Mode to Hard Light and lower the Opacity to 70%.

3. Duplicate the shape made above, scale it and change the Feather Radius value to 7 px and keep the other appearances the same. Make more reflections in the same way.

4. Next take the Rounded Rectangle Tool and draw a long rectangle like the one in the image below then go to Effect > Warp > Arc and apply a -5% Horizontal Bend. Now go to Object > Path > Offset Path and set the Offset value to -2 px to obtain the smaller rectangle inside. The gradient used for the first rectangle is called Brass Radial and the one used for the smaller one is Gold. You can find them both by opening the Swatch Libraries Menu > Gradients > Metals.

Now Copy and Paste in back the first rectangle and drag the sides to make it slightly wider. Change the fill to a radial gradient using the following colors: (R=244, G=232, B=217), (R=237, G=208, B=137) and (R=127, G=83, B=2). Go to Effect > Warp > Squeeze and apply a 77% Horizontal Bend then Expand Appearance. Use again Offset Path to make a smaller shape inside selecting a -2 px Offset value and change the fill gradient to Brass Radial.

5. Draw 2 small circles on the sides like below then type the text. Expand it and fill it with a linear gradient using brown tones: (R=84, G=21, B=19), (R=215, G=177, B=138), (R=141, G=80, B=39) and (R=156, G=83, B=13). Duplicate the text, send it behind and scale it a bit and change the fill gradient to Brass Radial. Group all the shapes made and the text and place them on top of the base.

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About The Author: Diana Toma

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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  1. Gravtar for Catherine
    Catherine November 14th

    Great tutorial.That’s what I need to do for my xmas card design.

  2. Gravtar for Sabina Karimova
    Sabina Karimova December 31st

    I like this tutorial and I;d like to download source file but I can’t find it 🙁

  3. Gravtar for Sabina Karimova
    Sabina Karimova January 20th

    Hello, guys! 🙂
    Is anybody there? Any help, please 🙂

  4. Gravtar for Diana Toma
    Diana Toma January 20th

    This is a premium tutorial and you should be a premium member to get it I believe, so sign up and read more about it.

  5. Gravtar for Sabina Karimova
    Sabina Karimova January 29th

    @Diana Toma thanx for your reply and great tutorials! By the way, I’m a premium member 🙂 And I had downloaded it THREE times 🙂 And all that I have just Snow Globe.pdf file 🙁 Help me to get “Ai file for easy reference”, please!

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    Diana January 29th

    In this case only Tony can help you

  7. Gravtar for Sabina Karimova
    Sabina Karimova February 5th

    Many thanx to Diana Toma and Tony Soh :)!