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September 19, 2011

How to draw mushrooms in Adobe Illustrator

Autumn is on the run. And it is mushroom time! If you’ve never tried to draw a mushroom it’s your chance to learn how to do it in 10-30 minutes (depending on your skill). This is a 15 steps tutorial on Adobe Illustrator gradient mesh and Wrap effects. Enhoy!

Step 1

Create new document 1000x1000px. Add a rounded rectangle 60px wide, 240px high with corner radius 15px

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 2

Select the rounded rectangle, go to Effects > Warp > Squeeze. Set bend to Horizontal, Bend to 25%, Distortion – Vertical = 40%

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 3

Add 2 anchor points in the lower part of rounded rectangle. Use Direct Selection Tool (A) to select both (select first, then hold Shift and select the second one). Press “E”, hold Alt and squeeze the anchor points a little.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 4

Select the rounded rectangle, go to Object > Expand Appearance. Delete the black stroke. Select the white fill. We’ll call it “stalk” now. Open the Pantone Process Coated palette clicking on the small triangle on the bottom right of the Swatches panel. Color the stalk very light brown.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 5

Set color percentage of the stalk to 30%. Press “U” and add some gradient mesh points.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Add more gradient mesh points. Set the color percentage of the ones in the middle, top and bottom of the stalk to 100% Leave the border points bright.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner
How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 6

Add an ellipse (cap) using Ellipse Tool (L)

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Use Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the top and bottom anchors of the cap and move them up (hold Shift while moving)

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 7

Color the cap red and add gradient mesh points (U)

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Set the percentage of the border points to 60-70% This will make the shape look round.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 8

Use Brush Tool (B) with default brush to add some texture to the stalk. Use the same color as you use for the stalk (100%). Select all brush strokes with Magic Wand Tool (W), group ’em (Cmd+G), go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select all (Cmd+A) and group (Cmd+G) – this is your first mushroom.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 9

Make a copy of the mushroom and make it smaller (hold Shift while scaling to constrain proportions). Double click the smaller mushroom to enter the group. Select the texture and the stalk, go to Effects > Warp > Arch. Bend vertically 25% set Distortion to 0%. Go to Object > Expand Appearance

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Double click the texture group and adjust the position of the texture parts.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 10

Make the cap a bit more square and adjust it’s angle. Select the cap using Selection Tool (V) and set the color to a bit darker from Pantone Process Coated palette. This will change the color of all mesh points constraining their percentage.

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 11

Add another mushroom copy. Make it smaller than the second shroom. Scale the stalk so it will look more boxy and adjust the position of the texture parts. Select the cap Effects > Warp > Bulge. Set the Horizontal Bend to 60% and Vertical Distortion to -25%
How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 12

Adjust the position and color of the smallest cap

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 13

Draw a grass leaf using Pen Tool (P) and fill with Linear Gradient (from bright green to dark green).

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Make lots of copies of this leaf, rotate ’em and scale to make the group look random. Leave most of the grass leaves in front and send some of them to back (Cmd+Shift+[). make 2 groups of front and back grass

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 14

Create an ellipse using Ellipse Tool (L). Send the front line of the leaves to front (Cmd+Shift+]), green ellipse under ’em, shrooms under the ellipse and the back grass to back (well, it should be there already)

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

Step 15

If you double click the color swatch (if you were using the ones from the Pantone Process Coated palette) you can adjust it’s color and it will affect the entire image. So you can easily make the mushrooms look more psychedelic!

How to draw a mushroom in Adobe Illustrator tutorial image by Andrei Verner

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