How to create a telescope in Adobe Illustrator

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The best way to look at the stars is through a telescope and look at how easy it is to draw!



1. New Document Setup

Step 1

Press Cmd + N to create a New Document. Set the units to pixels and make it 800 x 600 px. Then, in the Advanced options, select RGB for the color mode and 72 ppi for the resolution.

Go to Preferences (Cmd + K) and input a value of 1px in Keyboard Increment. Press OK.

You can activate the Info panel (Window > Info) to get a preview of the size and position of your shapes. Remember to configure the measurement units to pixels in Edit > Preferences > units. This will help you work faster.


2. How to make the telescope

Now we’re going to draw the telescope using basic shapes.

Step 1

Create a 6 x 59px rectangle with the Rectangle tool (M) and apply the fill color: #00A6B8. Add another 73 x 51px rectangle (#00C8D1) and another one that’s 13 x 51px (#00B7C3).

Step 2

Now continue drawing the telescope using a 95 x 34px rectangle (#00C8D1) and another 11 x 34px one (#00B7C3). Then take the Pen tool (P) and draw a triangle (#008D9F) to add the shadow of the tube.

Step 3

Create a 117 x 20px rectangle (#00C8D1). Add another 29 x 27px rectangle (#00B7C3).

Then add the shadows of the telescope using the Pen tool (P) and fill with #008D9F. Add a 5 x 20px rectangle at the end of the telescope.

Step 4

Now take the Rectangle tool (M) and draw an 8 x 28px rectangle (#00B7C3). Then, using Live Corners with the Direct Selection tool (A), make an angle on the bottom left hand corner of the rectangle.

Then, add two 10 x 2px rectangles (#00A6B8) and place them on the telescope’s sight.

Step 5

Now create an 8 x 5px rectangle (#00A6B8) and another 42 x 8px one (#00C8D1) for the top sight of the telescope. Finish by adding another 3 x 10px rectangle (#00A6B8) and another 5 x 5px one (#00A6B8).

Group all the elements of the telescope together with Ctrl + G.

Step 6

Rotate the telescope 25º in the Transform panel. Now create a 20 x 32px rectangle (#008D9F) and round the lower corners using Live Corners with the direct Selection tool (A). Place it underneath the telescope (Ctrl + [).

Step 7

For the base, make a 7 x 13px rectangle (#00B7C3) and Send it to Back (Ctrl + [). Then create a 31 x 6px rectangle (#008D9F) and another 40 x 6px one (#00B7C3).

Step 8

Now we’re going to make the legs for the base. Start off by creating a 6x 167px rectangle (#00C8D1) and round the upper corners. Then, with the Pen tool (A) draw the tip of the leg using this fill color: #008D9F. Add two 6 x 3px rectangles (#00A6B8) to the leg.

Group the leg with Ctrl + G.

Step 9

Now make a copy of the leg (Ctrl + C followed by Ctrl + F) and rotate it approximately 30º with the Rotate tool (R). Then, select the end anchor points with the Direct Selection tool (A) and drag them to align them with the tip of the other leg.

Finally, make a copy of this (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F and flip it vertically (Right click > Transform > Reflect and place it on the other side. Place both legs underneath the base ( Ctrl + [).

Step 10

Group all the telescope (Ctrl + G) and now create a 900 x 900px ellipse (#170C66) under the telescope (Ctrl + [) and delete the bottom anchor point of this with the Direct Selection tool (A).


Step 11

Now draw a rounded rectangle (#00C8D1) on the base of the semicircle with the Rounded Rectangle tool.


Step 12

Now take the Pen tool (P) and draw some hills (#060341) behind the telescope just like the image below. With the help of the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M), delete the remaining shape, so the hills are kept within the semicircle.


Step 13

We’re now going to draw a moon in the sky. To make the moon, use an 82 x 82px ellipse (#FFFFFF). Then, make two copies (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and move the second copy slightly to the left and apply Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel.

Use the fill color #E6E6E6 on the remaining shape.

Step 14

To finish our pretty night scene, we’ll draw some stars by making crosses with the Rounded Rectangle tool and small dots with the Ellipse tool (L). Use #FFFFFF as a fill color.

Well done! You’ve finished!

So we’re all done. We made a lovely illustration in simple and easy steps. I hope you put what you’ve learned into practice and enjoy creating new designs. I can’t wait to see the results!

Now you can show the world what you have learned.

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