Follow this tutorial and learn how to draw a strawberry dropped into a chocolate milk using Adobe Illustrator. The tutorial is composed of three main parts: creating the chocolate ripples, the chocolate splash and the strawberry. You will start with the basic shapes and with the few techniques involving the Offset Path, Pathfinder and Transform effects, you can easily create the shapes that you need. The Mesh Tool also plays an important role in this tutorial along with several effects such as Gaussian Blur, and Feather. This artwork is enjoying to create so let’s get started!
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator
What will you get?
- Instant download of PDF e-book (23 pages, 40 steps)
- Comes with Ai file for easy reference
- Detailed step by step tutorial to draw a nice realistic strawberry chocolate milk splash
Create a New Document
1. Launch Illustrator and press (Ctrl + N) to create a New document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 895 in the width box and 880 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGB, Screen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.
Create the Chocolate Ripples
2. Start by drawing a 895px by 880px object using the Ellipse Tool (L), then fill this ellipse with R=86, G=50, B=34. Keep the resulting shape selected, go to the Object > Path > Offset Path. Follow the data as shown in the second image and then click OK. Next, replace the existing color of the newly created shape with the linear gradient.
3. Make sure that the newly created shape is still selected, go to the Object > Path > Offset Path. Follow the data as shown below and then click OK. Next, replace the existing color of this new shape with new linear gradient.
4. Now, follow the sequence of images and draw some ellipses similar to the ones from
5. Select all the ellipses created from step 2 up to this time (except the biggest ellipse) and go to the Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a 5px Radius and then click OK.
6. It's time to add the highlights for the ripples. With the help of the Pen Tool (P), create
a curved path as shown below. Once your path is drawn, fill it with none, add a 16px
stroke (R=146, G=93, B=66), then apply the Width Profile 1 and a 5px Gaussian
Blur effect for the result.
7. Continue with the Pen Tool (P), create three curved paths as shown below. Once your paths are drawn, reselect the yellow path, fill it with none, add a 3px stroke (R=146, G=93, B=66) and then apply the Width Profile 2 for the result. Next, select the two remaining paths, fill them with none, add a 4px stroke (R=146, G=93, B=66) and then apply the Width Profile 1 for the results. Now reselect the three newly created objects and apply a 4px Gaussian Blur effect for them. We are done with the chocolate ripples for the moment. Your image should look roughly like the final image below.