Illustrating a pair of boots in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will illustrate a pair of boots. You will see the shape and the shininess of the boots. These have a gray color but you can select any color desired. Let’s get started!

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1. Draw an ellipse by Pen Tool for the top of the boot.

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2. Select the ellipse and adjust its color from Gradient pallet as shown.

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3. Take a copy from the ellipse (Ctrl+D) and empty the inner color. Add Black=20% color to its outline.

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4. Draw boot shape by Pen Tool.

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5. Set stroke line to none and adjust inner color as Black=30%. Select the boot and go to the Object/Create Gradient Mesh. Set the row and column equal to 4 and enter the window.

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6. Select a node located on the front of the boot by Direct Selection Tool and fill it with Black=20% from Color pallet.

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7. Fill behind the nodes of the boot with Black=60% like in the last step.

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8. Fill upper nodes of the boot with Black=60%.

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9. Fill the upper and front nodes with Black=20%.

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10. For the colors to appear better, you can move the nodes by Direct Selection Tool.

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11. Draw a line by Pen Tool and set it from the line setting as With Profile 1. Take a copy from the line (Ctrl+D) and put it partially under the upper one. Fill it with Black=20%.

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12. Draw a sole by Pen Tool.

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13. Add a Gradient color to it as shown.

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14. Draw a bigger shape than the sole, fill it with black color and put it under the boot.

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15. By using Object/Arrange command, fit the last shape under the boot.

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16. Take a copy from the sole and fill it with Black=20%. Put that under the sole but partially up from sole. Draw a white line at the middle of sole and set it as With Profile 1.

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17.Draw a line on the upper. Go to the Object/Path/Outline Stroke. Add an appropriate gradient color to the shape.

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18. Draw a shape separately and fill it with Gradient color as shown.

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19. Take a copy from the last shape, which is partially bigger than the first, and put it under first shape. Change its color by Gradient Tool as shown.

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20. Draw its pair as you did in the first steps:  draw an ellipse by Pen Tool as the top of the boot.

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21. Fill it with Gradient Tool as shown.

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22. Take a copy from the last sketch, empty the inner color and fill its outline with Black=20%.

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23. Draw the boot shape and fill it with Black=40%.

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24. Select the shape and go to the Object/Create Gradient Mesh. Set the row and column equal to 4.

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25. Select a node located on the front boot by Direct Selection Tool and fill it with Black=20% from Color pallet.

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26. Complete the behind and the top of the boot like you did in the last steps.

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27. Make the upper and front of the boot brighter.

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28. Fit the boot and assemble top of it.

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29. To make shadow of one to the other, draw a black shape and put it between the pair.

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30. Go to the Effect/Blur/Gaussian Blur and set required blur as necessary.

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31. Select last sketch, go to Appearance pallet and set Opacity=50.

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32. Draw a sole by Pen Tool.

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33. Fill it with black color.

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34. To create some lugs, draw another shape at the side of the sole.

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35. Fill it with appropriate Gradient color.

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36. To draw a gray band as a midsole, take a copy from the black color located under lugs (Ctrl+D) and fill it with gray color. Put this gray shape in the connection of the midsole and the upper boot (Ctrl+]).

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37. Draw a line at the middle of the sole and select With Profile 1 from line setting.

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38. Fill the line with white color and set its location by Direct Selection Tool.

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39. Draw a line on the upper part and set it as With Profile 1 from line setting.

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40.Fill the upper line with gray color. Draw a shape on the body of boot as shown.

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41. Fill it with appropriate Gradient color.

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42. To add lighting and shadow on the shape, take a copy from the shape (Ctrl+D) and add an appropriate Gradient to it.  Put this new shape under the last one (Ctrl+]). Adjust its size until the edges of light and shadow can be seen from both the top and beneath.

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43. If you want the boots to have bright material, the bright lightings will appear and you should add them to the shape. Draw a shape at the side of the boot by Pen Tool and fill it with white color.

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44. Go to Appearance pallet and set Opacity=50 for the last sketch.

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45. Draw a lighting of one and fill it with white color.

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46. Go to Appearance pallet and set Opacity=60 for the shapes.

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47. Draw a lighting of the other and fill it with white color.

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48. Go to Appearance pallet and set Opacity=60for the shapes.

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49. Draw a white line on the heel corner and fill it with gray color.

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50. Add shadow to the right boot like you did in steps 29-31. You’re done!

 

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Razvan is the founder of Webdevtuts. He is also a web designer & developer who loves to design and develop websites. If you're looking for him you can find him via @webdevtuts

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