Autumn is almost here! I love it…it reminds me of living in Connecticut and during the fall, watching the leaves on the trees turn colors and feeling the cool crisp fresh air on my skin. I’m excited! When I think of autumn, I think of cool weather, warm colors, sweet potato pie, and pumpkins! In this tutorial, I show you how to make a vector pumpkin that you can use for maybe an invitation, greeting card, or anything else!
This is the finished product.
Start with a picture of a real pumpkin and import it into illustrator. Put this on its own layer and lock it.
On a new layer, with the pen tool, trace the perimeter of the main body of the pumpkin. Set the transparency to 50% so you can see what you’re doing. The color doesn’t matter right now. Color the shape a bright orange. Move to the side for now. Copy and paste the shape and leave on top of the pumpkin because we will need this path. Remove the fill and add a stroke. The color does not matter.Now use the Pen Tool to draw in the sections of the pumpkin, make sure that all the lines are intersecting each other. Copy and paste this path, move to the side for now, we will need it later.With the Live Paint Bucket Tool, color each section with a gradient. Make the gradient a light yellow orange into an orange red. Set the opacity for the yellow orange to 60%Place the sectional path that we made and placed to the side on top of your pumpkin and color the stroke a dark redish brown color.Go to Effect>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 23 pixels.Now it’s time to add some lighting. With the Pen Tool, make 10 pt strokes on each hump of the pumpkin, following the curves. Change the stroke profile to Width Profile 5. Make the Strokes yellow.Go to Effect>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 25 pixels.Now we’re going to make make circular shapes on each hump of the pumpkin following the curves again with the Pen Tool. Make these shapes not on top of but to side of the yellow highlights that we did before. Color these shapes white.Go to Effect>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 55 pixels.Set the Transparency to 60%.Now let’s work on the stem. Just like we did the body of the pumpkin, trace the stem with the Pen Tool.Go to Object>Create Gradient Mesh. Set the columns to 10, Rows to 4 and Appearance to Center.With the White Arrow Tool, select different points and select different shades of green to give it a little depth.Place on top of your pumpkin and your done!