In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a simple kitchen scene with an oven and freshly baked loaves of bread, using very basic shapes in Adobe Illustrator.
1. Create a New Document
• Step 1. Press Ctrl + N to create a New Document. Set the Units to Pixels and the size to 600 x 600px. In Advanced Options, select Color mode RGB and Resolution, 72 ppi.
Go to Preferences (Ctrl + K) and input 1px in Keyboard Increment. Click OK.
You can activate the Info panel (Window > Info) to Preview the size and position of your shapes. Remember to set the Units to Pixels in Edit > Preferences > units. This will help you work faster.
2. Make the Oven
With the Rectangle tool (M) draw a 548 x 25px rectangle and fill it with this color: #FADAB4. Round the upper corners, with the Direct Selection tool and live Corners activated (A).
Make the body of the oven using a 249 x 201px rectangle (Color: #999999) and round the corners slightly with the Direct Selection tool (A). Then draw another rectangle (#4C4C4C) and place it on the right side of the first, deleting the parts that stick out with the Shape Builder tool (M).
The next step is to select the base rectangle and copy it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). then select the copy along with the rectangle on the right and add to the shape using the Shape Builder tool (M). Apply this fill color: #303030.
Apply an Offset of -4 to the added shape in Effect > Path > Offset Path. Then go to Object > Expand Appearance.
Make a copy of the previous rectangle (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and change the fill color to: #4C4C4C. Add another 150 x 170px rectangle and round the corners slightly.
Then apply Minus Front in the Pathfinder.
Make eight 8 x 8px circles with the Ellipse tool (L), and draw two thin rectangles inside the oven shape with the Rectangle tool (M). Select all the elements inside the oven and Group (Ctrl + G).
Draw an oven shelf using a 140 x 15px rectangle (Color: #3E3E3E). With the Direct Selection tool (A), move the lower anchor points in and then round those two corners using Live Corners.
It’s time to make our first loaf of bread! Make a 92 x 12px rectangle (Color: #E29B6B) and add an anchor point in the middle with the Pen tool (P). Then, move this anchor point up 20px by pressing Shift.
Move the lower anchor points 5px in with the Direct Selection tool (A) and round four of the bottom corners using Live Corners. Lastly, round the upper angle completely, to get the shape of the loaf.
Let’s make a shadow on the bread. Make two copies of the loaf (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and move the second copy 10px to the left by pressing Shift. Apply Minus Front to the first copy in the Pathfinder. Fill this shape with this color: #D58F5D.
Select the Pen tool (P) and draw four lines on the bread (Color: #D4874E) as shown in the image below. Then, select the loaf and the lines and use the Shape Builder tool to get rid of the bits sticking out of the bread. Finally, select all the elements and Group (Ctrl + G).
Now draw a rectangle (Color: #CCCCCC) on the bottom half of the oven. Select it along with the shape of the oven. Use the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to delete the excess parts.
Draw two rectangles (Color: #FFFFFF) with a 10% Opacity and rotate them 45º with the Rotate tool (R), pressing Shift. Place them in front of the oven shape and selecting the inside of the oven with the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M), delete the excess parts.
Draw two rectangles (Color: #B3B3B3) on the right side and delete the parts that stick out with the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M). Then draw another two rectangles (Color: #CCCCCC) with the Rounded Rectangle tool.
Make three 30 x 30px circles (Color: #303030) for the knobs. Draw the dials using the rounded Rectangle tool and rotate them with the Rotate tool (R).
Then draw small circles around the knobs.
Make a 20 x 20px rectangle (Color: #4C4C4C). With the Direct Selection tool (A), move the upper anchor points 3px in. Then make a copy (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F), and place both at the bottom of the oven, as the legs. Make sure to Send to Back.
Now we’ll draw the handle using the Rounded Rectangle tool (Color: #CCCCCC). Then, draw two rectangles on each end of the handle and delete the excess using the Shape builder tool (Shift+ M).
Let’s make a small board for our other loaf of bread to go on. Draw a 146 x 9px rectangle (#C49677) and move the bottom corners in 4px with the Direct Selection tool (A).
Then, make a copy of the bread (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and place it on the board. For the shading, make another copy (Ctrl + F) and make it bigger with the Selection tool (V). Change the fill color of the bread to: #E8B18C, and the color of the shadow to: #EBA273.
We’ll make a little steam rising up from the bread. Select the Pen tool (P) and draw the steam with a 3px stroke and this color: #EBA273. Then, make two copies and change the size as shown in the image below.
3. Make the Tiled Background
We’re almost done!
Draw two long rectangles with the Rectangle tool (M) using this fill color: #FDF3E8. Then, blend them together by going to Object > Blend> Make.
In Blending Options set the number of steps to 12. Then make a copy (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F), and rotate 90º. Group together (Ctrl + G) and then make a copy of the rectangle at the back. Bring this to Front and create a clipping mask (Right click > Make Clipping Mask).
Finally draw a 30 x 44px rectangle (Color: #E6E6E6) with the Rounded Rectangle tool. Then, make a 14 x 14px circle (Color: #CCCCCC) and place it in the center of the rectangle. This will be our plug socket.
With the Pen tool (P), draw the cable connecting the oven to the socket, using a stroke weight of 2px and this color: #CCCCCC. Use Live Corners and the Direct Selection tool (A) to round the angles.
Congratulations! We’re done!
So we’ve achieved a great looking illustration with basic shapes and easy steps to follow.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you found it useful. Remember to put into practice what you’ve learnt and apply it to your own projects and designs!
See you soon, bye!