In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a showroom background with spotlights and a red carpet!
1. How to Draw the Pedestal
Begin using the Mesh Tool (U) to create the top of the pedestal.
Draw a long, narrow ellipse and fill it with the
With the Mesh Tool, add some mesh nodes inside the ellipse as shown below, and then select the nodes on the edge of the shape and recolor them with
Draw a narrow rectangle, coloring it with
#CACFCF. Then bend it: Effect > Warp > Arc, setting the Bend to -12%.
Select the shape and go to Object > Expand Appearance, and then begin to add mesh nodes inside, following the screenshot below.
Color the edges of the shape with
Start with a rectangle filled by
#8D9899, and then bend it with Arc and -14% Bend.
Use the Mesh Tool to color the edges of the shape with
#252A2B and the other pictured nodes with
Put all the parts together to assemble the top platform.
Create a Blend shadow out of two ellipses: one white, and one filled with
Make the white ellipse transparent, and then go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, setting it to Specified Steps, 30.
Finally, select both shapes and apply Object > Blend > Make and set the object's Transparency mode to Multiply.
Place the shadow under the upper platform, and then create two bigger copies of it (Scale at 125%) to create the full pedestal.
2. How to Draw the Carpet
Draw two shapes as shown below, filling them both with
#BC0F09 rectangle, bend it with Arc at -3% Bend (Expand Appearance!), and then add some mesh to color the outer edges with
Draw another shape, using these colors:
Construct a carpeted step with the parts you made, and then make a slightly bigger (125%) copy of the whole group.
Construct the whole carpet out of the objects we made.
Attach the carpet on top of the platform.
3. How to Draw the Spotlights and Background
Draw the shape with mesh, and then set its Transparency mode to Screen with 60% Opacity.
Create a Blend out of white and black ellipses (just like in section 1, step 5).
Create another black ellipse and set the Blend on top of it.
Group (Control-G) both objects, and then set the group to Screen.
Finally, create an ellipse with a Radial Gradient from white to
#020200, and then set it to Screen.
Set up the shapes we made to look like the picture below—it should look like the screenshot on both the white and the grey background.
Draw the top part of the showroom background.
Draw the lower part of the background.
Combine all the elements to create your showroom background!
Awesome Work, You're Now Done!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below.