In this tutorial we are going to learn how to do a Sydney Opera House illustration using basic shapes and the Shape Creator Tool and then we will take it to Adobe Photoshop to create a little animated GIF. Let’s start with this tutorial and see how easy it is to create!
1. Drawn the Sydney Opera House
Let’s start creating a new document in Adobe Illustrator with the next values:
First we will create an horizontal stroke 2px wide centered in our Art Board, with the Line Segment Tool, big enough to draw our Opera House on top.
Then we will create a rectangle (340x6px), 2 px wide for the Opera base.
Now let’s draw the walls and the divisions of the Opera using rectangles which we will modify using the Pen Tool (P) and the Direct Selection Tool (A) like you see next.
Then we will add doors and windows with the Rectangle Tool (M).
The next thing we are going to draw are the domes with the Pen Tool. Draw the first one with a white fill color and a 2 px stroke.
Now to create the shading we are going to create a new shape on top to then create a mask with the shape of the dome.
To do this, duplicate the dome (Ctrl+C & Ctrl+F) and we take away the stroke, we bring it to the front and we make a mask once again with the shape, duplicate again (Ctrl+C & Ctrl+F), bring it front and we delete the filling of the duplicated dome. We group everything up and repeat with the other domes.
Now let’s draw the windows in between domes.
We first draw some intersections with the Line Segment Tool and with the help of the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M) we create the windows and erase the excess.
We are now going to make some terraces on the extremes and other details on the right side.
With the Pen Tool (P) we create the terraces and send them back.
We also draw the inside of the domes from the right side and finally we will create to white rectangles leaning to add reflections (creating masks as we did in step 4) on the windows that are between the domes.
And with this we have our Sydney Opera House completed!
To wrap everything up lets draw the sea and some clouds.
We will first create various rectangles (6px tall) to create the see. Merge them with the Pathfinder and then round the corners. With the Line Segment Tool, we create 2px short strokes inside the sea. Finally we create a background and draw the clouds with two white ellipses and we cut the bottom part with a straight line.
Now let’s move to Photoshop so we can animate the clouds!
Before we jump we must prepare our illustration so we can animate without problems. To do this go to the Layer panel and select Layer 1 and on the displayed menu click on "Release to Layers (Sequence)". Then we go to file>Export>Export As... and we export the file a Photoshop file (.psd) with the next values.
2. Create an animated GIF in Photoshop
We start by opening the PS file imported from Illustrator. We create a Video Time line in the Timeline panel.
We close the work space to 3 frames. And then we start animating the position of layers 4,6 & 7. We create frames with the original position and we move the clouds to the right in frame 3. We will do the same with layers 2,3 & 5 but to the left.
We are almost finish! Now we just have to export our animation a with a GIF format. Go to File>Export>Save for Web (Legacy) we enter the following values and save it.
Et voilá! We have finished with our animated illustration! A total master piece!