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How to Create a Paris Lifestyle Illustration in Sketch

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What You'll Be Creating

Sketch is an amazing software package that allows us to create different kinds of vector art. Today you'll be learning how to create simple vector elements, which you're going to integrate into a beautiful and chic scene inspired by the movies "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Roman Holiday". Grab yourself a cup of coffee and let's get started!

1. Create the Eiffel Tower

Step 1

Let's start by creating our artboard. To do this, press A on the keyboard and draw an artboard sized at 850 px by 850 px.

Set up your document

Step 2

Select the Rectangle tool by pressing R on the keyboard (or from the Insert > Shape menu in the top toolbar) and create a rectangle that is the same size as our artboard. Uncheck the borders, and then click on the Fill button and change the color to #C5E9F9, using the Inspector Panel on the right.

Change color of background rectangle

Step 3

Pick up the Vector (V) tool and draw a basic Eiffel Tower silhouette—or, more precisely, just a half of it. It doesn't have to be perfect, since the Eiffel Tower will be part of our background skyline.

Eiffel Tower silhouette - half

Step 4

Duplicate this shape by pressing Command-D on the keyboard and Flip Horizontal (Layer > Transform > Flip Horizontal).

Eiffel Tower silhouette duplicate and flip horizontal

Step 5

Move this shape to the right. Make sure that the shapes overlap each other by at least 1 px. Use the image below as a reference.

Eiffel Tower shapes ovelapping

Step 6

Select both halves and then merge them with Union from the top toolbar.

Eiffel Tower shapes - union

Step 7

Finally, uncheck the borders and set the color to #A7D9ED using the Inspector Panel on the right.

Eiffel Tower finished

Name this shape "Eiffel Tower".

2. Create a Cityscape

Step 1

Invoke the Vector (V) tool and draw a shape that will represent the cityscape. Think of this shape as the union of different size buildings and houses. Use the image below as a reference.

Cityscape shape

Give this shape the name "city".

Step 2

Turn off borders and change the color to #B4E5F7.

Cityscape change color

Step 3

Let's add some windows. To do that, we'll use different size rectangles. So, choose the Rectangle (R) tool and start creating windows. For the color, use #E4F7FD and turn off borders.

Cityscape - create windows

Step 4

Continue drawing windows until you have something like the image below.

Cityscape windows finished

Select the "city" shape and all created windows and place them into a group using Command-G on the keyboard. Name this group "cityscape".

3. Draw a Café Terrace

Step 1

Draw a rectangle like in the image below using Rectangle (R). This rectangle will be the terrace floor.

Cafe terrace - floor shape

Step 2

Uncheck the borders, click on the Fill button, and switch to Linear Gradient, using the Inspector Panel on the right. Create a Linear Gradient using the following settings:

  • 1#969696
  • 2#CDCDCD
  • 3#B0B0B0
Cafe terrace floor gradient colors

Step 3

Let's add a terrace wall. Draw another rectangle using Rectangle (R). Uncheck borders, and for the color use #F2F2F2.

Cafe terrace - create terrace wall

Step 4

Next, draw one small rectangle at the bottom (for the color, use #CBE3FF).

Cafe terrace - wall details bottom

Step 5

Then one at the top of terrace wall. For this one, use #FFFFFF color.

Cafe terrace - wall details top

Select all the rectangles and group them (Command-G) into the "terrace" group.

4. Create a Bar Table

Step 1

Grab the Rectangle (R) tool and draw the base of a table. In the Inspector Panel on the right, set the Radius to 22 px.

Bar table base

Step 2

Turn off borders and click on Fill and choose Linear Gradient. Set the left color stop to #DCD0CA and the right one to #918084.

Bar table base gradient

Step 3

Next, draw a table leg using the Rectangle (R) tool. Use #DCD0CA color for the leg.

Bar table leg

Step 4

Duplicate (Command-D) the table leg, change the color to #A8959A, and reduce the height as shown in the image below.

Bar table leg dark rectangle

Step 5

Enter shape editing mode by pressing Enter on the keyboard, or simply double-click on the rectangle. You will see a round point in each of the corners. Grab the bottom left point and move it up a bit.

Bar table leg adjust darker rectangle

Step 6

Create another rectangle on top, and for this one use #6E606B color.

Bar table leg top rectangle

Step 7

Let's add some shadow on top. Pick the Rectangle (R) tool and draw a rectangle that is the same height as the table leg, but half its width. For the color, use #000000

Bar table leg shadows

Step 8

Lower the Opacity of this rectangle to 10%.

Bar table leg shadows opacity

Step 9

Now we will create a table top. To do this, grab the Rectangle (R) tool and create a rectangle on top.

Bar table top shape

Step 10

Change the Fill to Linear Gradient and create a gradient with the following settings for the color stops:

  • 1, 7, 11#DACEC8
  • 2, 8#DBCFC9
  • 3, 6#F1E2D8
  • 4#DCD0CA
  • 5#DCCFC9
  • 9#EDDFD5
  • 10#DED2CB
Bar table top gradient settings

Step 11

Finally, create one tiny rectangle close to the bottom of the table top. Use #FBF0E2 for the color.

Bar table top detail

Step 12

Select all the shapes and place them into the "bar table" group using Command-G.

5. Create a Bar Stool

Step 1

First we will create the base of the stool. Grab the Rectangle (R) tool and draw the base. In the Inspector Panel on the right, set the Radius to 22 px.

Bar stool base

Step 2

Turn off borders and click on Fill and choose Linear Gradient. Set the left color stop to #918084 and the right to #DCD0CA.

Bar stool base gradient

Step 3

Create the stool leg the same way as we did in the previous step for the table leg.

Bar stool leg

Step 4

We will now create a leg rest on the bar stool. Draw a rounded rectangle using the Rounded (U) tool. Set the Radius to 10 px in the Inspector Panel.

Bar stool leg rest - rectangle

Step 5

Next, create a triangle using Triangle from Insert Shape.

Bar stool leg rest - triangle

Step 6

Select both shapes and merge them using Union from the top toolbar. Change the Fill to Linear Gradient. For the left color stop, use #DCD0CA, and for the right, use #C5BAB5.

Bar stool leg rest gradient

Step 7

Now let's adjust the gradient. First, move the right color stop to the middle, and then move the left color stop also to the middle.

Bar stool leg rest adjust gradient

Step 8

Let's create a seat. Grab the Rectangle (R) tool and draw a seat shape. Use #F5A623 color.

Bar stool seat shape

Step 9

Double-click on the rectangle to enter shape editing mode, select the top two points, and set Corners to 14 px in the Inspector Panel.

Bar stool adjust seat corners

Step 10

Now let's apply Inner Shadows using the Inspector Panel. We will apply two different inner shadows to add depth. For the first one, use the following settings:

  • Color: #FFFFFF
  • X: 0 px
  • Y: 0 px
  • Blur: 2 px
  • Alpha: 80% 
Bar stool highlight

Step 11

For the second one, use the following settings:

  • Color#000000
  • X0 px
  • Y-9 px
  • Blur9 px
  • Alpha15% 
Bar stool depth

Step 12

Draw a rectangle at the bottom of the seat and choose Linear Gradient for the Fill. Create a gradient with the following settings for the color stops:

  • 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11#EFEAE8
  • 3, 6#FFFFFF
  • 9#F8F6F6
Bar stool metallic part gradient

Step 13

Finally, create one tiny rectangle close to the bottom of the seat. Use #D8D8D8 for the color.

Select all the shapes and place them into the "bar stool" group using Command-G. Place the "bar stool" group below the "bar table" group in the Layers List.

Step 14 

Use the Oval (O) tool to create a shadow below the stool and the table. Use #000000 color for the Fill, lower the Opacity to 40%, and change Blending to Soft Light. In the Layers List, move this shape below the "bar table" and "bar stool" groups.

Shadow below table and stool

6. Draw a Woman

Step 1

Using the Vector (V) tool, draw a head shape. For the color, use #FDCCA2 and turn off borders.

Girl head shape

Step 2

Take the Vector (V) tool and draw a mouth.

Girl mouth shape

Step 3

Uncheck borders and fill the mouth shape with #E77781 color.

Girl mouth color

Step 4

Using the Oval (O) tool, create a birthmark just above the mouth. For the color, use #F4BB94.

Girl birthmark

Step 5

Draw the shape of sunglasses using the Vector (V) tool. Fill the shape with #FFFFFF color and make sure that borders are turned off.

Girl - sunglasses shape

Step 6

Then, again using the Vector (V) tool, draw a lens shape.

Girl - sunglasses lens

Step 7

Using the Inspector Panel on the right, change the Fill to Linear Gradient. For the top color stop, use #AFAAA8, and for the bottom color stop, use #0D0D0D.

Girl - sunglasses lens gradient

Step 8

Add lens shine using the Oval (O) tool. Fill the shape with #D8D8D8, lower the Opacity to 50% and make sure that the borders are turned off.

Girl - sunglasses lens shine

Step 9

Select all the shapes that are part of the sunglasses, group them into the "sunglasses" group, and apply Shadow to the group from the Inspector Panel. Use the following settings:

  • Shadow color: #EAA884
  • X: 2 px
  • Y: 0 px
  • Blur: 2 px
Girl - sunglasses shadow

Step 10

Now, let's draw the hair. Outline the hair using the Vector (V) tool. Fill the shape with #000000 color and uncheck the borders.

Girl - create hair

Step 11

Use the Vector (V) tool to outline the scarf around the woman's head. Turn off borders and fill the shape with #F7EADF color.

Girl - draw scarf

Step 12

Apply Shadows using the Inspector Panel on the right. Use the following settings:

  • Color: #000000
  • X: -1 px
  • Y0 px
  • Blur: 2 px
  • Alpha5%
Girl - scarf shadow

Step 13

Draw a shape over the scarf as shown in the image below with the Vector (V) tool. For the color, use #000000.

Girl - scarf black shape

Step 14

Next, select these two shapes that we've just created by holding down Shift and clicking on the layers, and then choose Mask in the top toolbar.

Girl - scarf black shape mask

Step 15

Finally lower the Opacity of the black shape to 3%.

Girl - scarf black shape opacity

Select all the layers that we used to create the woman's head (head shape, mouth, birthmark, sunglasses, hair, and scarf), and group them (Command-G) into the "head" group.

Step 16

Use the Rectangle (R) tool to create a neck. Set the color to #FDCCA2 and turn off borders.

Girl - draw a neck

Step 17

Pick up the Oval (O) tool and draw a shape like the one in the image below, to add a shadow from the head. Set the color to #000000 and Opacity to 10%.

Girl - add shadow over the neck

Step 18

Select both the neck rectangle and the shadow oval, and choose Mask from the top toolbar.

Girl - neck masking

Step 19

The result of this masking operation is automatically placed into a new group in the Layers List on the left. Name this group "neck" and place it below the "head" group in the Layers List

Girl - neck finished

Step 20

Let's move to the woman's dress. Grab the Vector (V) tool and draw a dress shape. Uncheck borders and set the color to rose (#FF5AA4).

Girl - dress shape

Step 21

Use the Oval (O) tool to create a polka-dot pattern for the dress. Draw a 4 px by 4 px circle. Set the color to #FFFFFF and lower the Opacity to 50%. Create the pattern by simply duplicating and arranging circles in a crisscross way. 

Girl dress pattern

Step 22

Select all the circles and group them (Command-G). Then, select the dress and circles group and choose Mask from the top toolbar. This will place dots inside the dress shape and create a new group in the Layers List. Name this group "dress".

Girl dress pattern finished

Step 23

Now, using the Vector (V) tool, draw a collar. Use #FCF2E4 for the color.

Girls dress collar

Step 24

Apply Shadows using the Inspector Panel on the right, using the following settings:

  • Color#000000
  • X1 px
  • Y1 px
  • Blur1 px
  • Alpha5%
Girls dress collar finished

Select the collar and the "dress" group and put them into a "collar dress" group by using Command-G.

Step 25

Now we can move to the woman's legs. Take the Vector (V) tool and draw a leg. Set the color to #F6C695

Girl back leg shape

Step 26

Form the second leg, which is crossed over, using the Vector (V) tool, but now use a slightly lighter skin tone color, #FDD0A2.

Girl crossed leg shape

Step 27

Use the Vector (V) tool to create a shoe shape. For the color, use #415378.

Girl draw a shoe

Step 28

Make the second shoe by copying the first one and rotating a bit.

Girl second shoe

Step 29

Select both legs and shoes and group them into the "legs" group, by pressing Command-G on the keyboard. Then move this group below the "collar dress" group in the Layers List.

Girl legs finished

Step 30

Use the Vector (V) tool to draw the woman's hands. First draw the one that is in the back. Use #FBD5A3 for the color.

Girl right hand

Step 31

Give this shape the name "right hand" and place it in the Layers List below the "collar dress" group.

Girl right hand finished

Step 32

Then draw the hand that is in front. Use a slightly brighter color for the skin, #FDDAAB. Name this shape "left hand".

Girl left hand

Step 33

This is what we have right now.

Girl finished

Step 34

Select all groups that we used to draw a woman and place them just below the "bar table" group, and above the "bar stool" group.

Girl position behind the table

7. Create a Cigarette

Step 1

Use the Rectangle (R) tool to create a cigarette. First draw a white (#FFFFFF) rectangle.

Create cigarette shape

Step 2

Press Enter to enter shape editing mode, select the top right point, and move it down a bit.

Create cigarette shape

Step 3

Duplicate (Command-D) this rectangle, change the color to #F8AF53, and make it smaller vertically, as shown in the image below, to create a filter. 

Create cigarette filter

Step 4

Draw a small rectangle at the bottom of the cigarette shape, to create cigarette ash, and set the color to #324249.

Create cigarette ash

Step 5

Select all shapes, put them into the "cigarette" group, and Rotate 48o and position it between the fingers as shown in the image below.

Cigarette rotate and position

Step 6

Grab the Vector (V) tool and draw cigarette smoke. 

Cigarette smoke shape

Step 7

Click on the Fill in the Inspector Panel and choose Linear Gradient. Set the left color stop to #F0F0F0 and the right to #C6E8F6. Lower the Opacity to 80%.

Cigarette smoke gradient

8. Put a Cup of Coffee on the Table

Step 1

Pick up the Rectangle (R) tool and draw a saucer. Use #FFFFFF for the color.

Cup of coffee - create saucer

Step 2

Next, create a cup shape with the Rectangle (R) tool. Double-click on the cup shape to enter shape editing mode, select both bottom points, and change Corners to 8.

Cup of coffee - create cup

Step 3

Draw a tiny rectangle near the top. For the color, use #FBD5A3.

Cup of coffee - cup decoration

Step 4

Next, we’ll make the handle of the cup. Pick up the Oval (O) tool and create a circle.

Cup of coffee - create handle circle

Step 5

Duplicate (Command-D) this circle, scale it down a bit, and change the color to any other color.

Cup of coffee - create handle smaller circle

Step 6

Select both circles and choose Subtract from the top toolbar. Place this shape behind the cup shape.

Cap of coffee - handle position

Step 7

At the end, change the color of the handle to #FFFFFF.

Cap of coffee - handle color

Step 8

Select all the shapes that form the cup of coffee, group them (Command-G), give it the name "coffee", and place this group just below the "left hand" shape in the Layers List

Cap of coffee finished

9. Create a Scarf

Step 1

Let's create a free piece of scarf that goes behind the neck. Grab the Vector (V) tool and draw a scarf shape. For the color, use #F7EADF.

Free part of scarf shape

Step 2

Use the Vector (V) tool and draw a shape like the one in the image below.

Free part of scarf shadow

Step 3

Change Fill to Linear Gradient. For the top color stop, use #8C8C8C, and for the bottom #CEC0C0

Free part of scarf shadow gradient

Step 4

Draw another shape using the Vector (V) tool, over the scarf shape. Use Linear Gradient for the Fill. Set the left color stop to #FFEEE0 and the right to #C8B6B5.

Free part of scarf shadow second gradient

Step 5

Select the scarf shape and both shapes that we've just created, and click on Mask in the top toolbar.

Free part of scarf shadow masking

Step 6

Now position this just below the "neck" group in the Layers List.

Free part of scarf finished

10. Enhance the Illustration by Adding Shadows

Let’s add shadows to our illustration to make it more intricate and detailed. 

Step 1

Grab the Rectangle (R) tool and draw a shape as shown in the image below. Change the Fill to Linear Gradient. For the left color stop, choose #9C9C9C, and for the right #000000.

Add shadow below left arm

Step 2

Lower the Opacity to 40%, and move this layer just below the "left arm" shape.

Add shadow below left arm finished

Step 3

Using the same method, create the first shadow below the table. Create a Linear Gradient using #000000 for the top color stop, and #9C9C9C for the bottom color stop.

Add first shadow below table

Step 4

Set the Opacity to 40%, and position this shape just below the "bar table" group.

Add first shadow below table finished

Step 5

Then create a second shadow below the table. Again, set the Fill to Linear Gradient, set the top color stop to #000000, and the bottom color stop to #9C9C9C.

Add second shadow below table

Step 6

This time, lower the Opacity to 20%.

Add second shadow below table finished

Step 7

Next, add a shadow just over the stool seat and below the woman, just as we did in the previous steps.

Add shadow over the stool seat

Step 8

Lower the Opacity to 20% and position this shape just over the "bar stool" group and below the "collar dress" group.

Add shadow over the stool seat finished

Step 9

Grab the Vector (V) tool and create a shadow below the shoe and over the stool leg. Choose Linear Gradient for the Fill. Use #000000 for the top color stop and #C5BAB5 for the bottom color stop.

Add shadow below the shoe and over the stool leg

Step 10

Set the Opacity to 30% and move this shape over the "bar stool" group.

Add shadow below the shoe and over the stool leg finished

Step 11

We'll create the last shadow behind the "bar stool" group. Use the Vector (V) tool to create this shadow. Once again, choose Linear Gradient for the Fill. For the top color stop, use #000000, and for the bottom color stop, use #F2F2F2.

Add shadow below behind the stool and over the terrace wall

Step 12

Lower the Opacity to 10%, and place it in the Layers List just above the "terrace" group.

Add shadow below behind the stool finished

Step 13

This what we have right now, after adding the shadows.

Preview after adding shadows

11. Final Steps: Add Sun and Clouds

Step 1

Let's create the sun first. Grab Oval (O) tool and draw a circle. Use #F8E71C for the color.

Create sun

Step 2

Apply Gaussian Blur with the Amount of 1 px, using the Inspector Panel on the right.

Apply Gaussian blur to the sun

Step 3

Let's create a cloud over the sun. The best way to create a cloud is to combine circles and a rectangle. First, draw four different size circles overlapping each other using the Oval (O) tool. Use #FFFFFF color for the Fill.

Create cloud - draw circles

Step 4

Use the Rectangle (R) tool and draw a white (#FFFFFF) rectangle.

Create cloud - add rectangle

Step 5

Select circles and rectangles, go to ArrangeAlign ObjectBottom to align every element to the bottom. Then merge them using Union from the top toolbar.

Step 6

Duplicate (Command-D) the cloud twice, scale it down and position it as shown in the image below.

Add more clouds

Step 7

Select the cloud over the Eiffel Tower and lower the Opacity to 45%.

Lower opacity of the cloud over eiffel tower

You're Done! I Must Say I'm Amazed!

Great work—you've earned yourself a coffee break! Our Paris lifestyle illustration is finished. I hope you’ve managed to follow each step of the tutorial and learned some new tips and tricks. Thanks for reading!

Paris lifestyle illustration final
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