Create realistic illustrations using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh
2004 at 01.29 am posted by Veerle Pieters
Do you remember my post about those stunning photorealistic drawings? They use complex gradient meshes to achieve such result. If you have some Illustrator experience and you wonder how such gradient mesh works or you wonder how to start, I’m sure this tutorial might help.
First of all you need a picture to start from to imitate. Just look for a picture that might suit you. In my example I've used a typical Belgian vegetable, Brussels chicory. Place (File > Place) the picture in a separate layer and lock the layer. Create a new one on top of it to start the illustration. Select the Pen Tool from the toolbox and start drawing the paths...
You'll find everything in this PDF (ZIP file - 789 KB).
UPDATE : Thanks to Jay I've discovered that this veggie is actually called endive in America. My dictionary gave me another translation (chicory could be British English). Here are some websites to get to know more about this vegetable, including some recipes on how to prepare this delicious treat:
Want to learn more?
A good and not expensive source to learn more about Illustrator, Photoshop, or web design is by joining the Tuts+ sites. You get access to the source files for just $9 a month. So your ONE membership gives you access to members-only content for ALL the Plus sites. I've written a tutorial for the Vector Tuts section.