Illustration: Make a Living Room Scene

Beginner level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

Make a New Document

Step 1

 Press Ctrl + N to create a New Document. Set the Units to Pixels and the size of the document to 800x600 px. Then in Advanced Options, select Color Mode RGB and Resolution 72 ppi.

Go to Preferences (Ctrl + K) and input 1px in Keyboard Increment. Click OK.

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.

Make the Side Table

Step 1

Make a 188 x 154px rectangle with the Rectangle tool (M). Use this fill color: #005787.

Then, add another 207x7 px rectangle (Color: #009EFF) for the table top. Add another two 167x6 px rectangles (#009EFF) for the drawers.

Step 2

Make two 18x18 px circles with the Ellipse tool for the drawer knobs. Then copy both circles (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and place them underneath the previous ones (Right click > Arrange > Send to back). Move them down 2 px with the arrow keys. Change the fill color to #0090E4.

Step 3

Make another 18x18 px circle (Color: #003E6B) and delete the top anchor point with the Direct Selection tool (A). Then Copy (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and place them under the table, as the legs.

Step 4

Add shading to the drawers using 167x2 px rectangles (Color: #004D79). Make another shadow under the table top with a 188x4 px rectangle (Color: #004D79). Group all the elements of the side table together (Ctrl + G). 

Make the Lamp

Step 1

Draw a 70x9 px rectangle (Color: #006AB5) and round the top corners with a 9 px Radius in the Transform panel.

For the stand, make an 8x82 px rectangle (Color: #00A1EA). Make another 8x8 px rectangle (#008BDB) to add a shadow to the lamp stand.

Step 2

For the lamp shade, add a 104x118 rectangle (Color #006AB5). With the Direct Selection tool (A), move the upper anchor points up 8 px, one to the left and one to the right.

Then, copy this rectangle (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) twice, and move the second copy up and slightly to the left. Apply Minus Front to the first copy and change the fill color to: #00599C. Group all the elements (Ctrl+G) and place on the stand.

Step 3

To finish the lamp, make a 3x38 px rectangle (Color: #00A1EA) for the light switch. Add a small 6x6 px circle to the bottom (Color: #00A1EA) using the Ellipse tool (L).

Make the clock

Step 1

We’ll start by making a 37x37 px circle (Color: #009EFF) and another 30x30 px one (Color: #97CCFF).

Step 2

Next, draw the clock’s digits with the Pen tool (P). Use a 2 px long stroke with a weight of 2 px also (Color: #008DD5). Round the ends of the stroke in the Stroke panel.

Place the first stroke at the top, in the place of the number 12, and add the rest using the Rotate tool (R) to set a 30º angle from the center of the circle, and pressing Ctrl + D to fill the rest of the clock.

Step 3

Now, we’ll draw the clock’s hands. With the Pen tool (P) draw a 10px long stroke with a 2 px weight (Color: #006AB5). Make another line, also 10 px long, but inclined 45º.

Step 4

Select the Pen tool again, and draw a line, inclined 45º, with a stroke weight of 6 px (Color: #006AB5). Then Copy (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and Rotate (R), and place both lines together, behind the clock to make the base (Right click > Arrange > Send to Back).

Step 5 

Now make a 16x16 px circle (Color: #009EFF) and cut it in half by delete the lower anchor point with the Direct Selection tool (A). Then, add a 6 x 8px rectangle (Color: #006AB5) under the circle.

Group (Ctrl + G) and Copy (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F), and incline both 45 º using the Rotate tool (R). Place them on top of the clock to make the alarm bells.

Then, add a 4x2 px rectangle and another 2x4 px one, and make a T. Again, place them behind the clock shape (Right click > Arrange > Send Backwards). Group everything (Ctrl + G).

Make the book

Step 1

Making the book is quite easy. Draw a 48x12 px rectangle (Color: #006AB5). Round the angles on the right using Live Corners with the Direct Selection tool (A).

Then, Copy (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F), and change the fill color to: #009EFF. Go to Object > Path > Offset Path, and input -3px. Then, Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 2

Now move the previous rectangle’s left anchor points to the edge of the book. Then make a copy of this interior rectangle (Ctrl + C), and apply Minus Front to the bottom rectangle in the Pathfinder.

Now, paste the copied shape back in place, but move it 2 px to the right.

Make the armchair

Step 1

First, make two 56x147 px rectangles (Color: #008BDF), another 260x56px one (Color: #008BDF) and finally, two more that are 75x56 px (#008BDF). Join these together to make the piece.

In the Pathfinder, select Unite and round the corners with the Direct Selection tool (A) as shown in the image below.

Step 2

Now, duplicate the base of the armchair (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) twice, and move the second copy up slightly. Then apply Minus front in the Pathfinder to the first copy. Change the fill color to: #0081D5.

Step 3

Add the back of the armchair by drawing a 204x196px rectangle (Color: #006AB1). Round the upper corners. Place this shape behind the previous shapes (Right Click > Arrange > Send backwards).

Then, make four 16x16 px circles and make a square with them. Select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M), and select the shape that’s formed in the space between the circles, deleting the rest. Fill with this color: #005BA5.

Make six copies of this shape (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and place on the back of the armchair.

Step 4

Now make a 148x56px rectangle for the seat (Color: 009EFF). Round the corners completely.

Copy this twice (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F), and move the second copy up slightly, then apply Minus Front in the Pathfinder. Change the fill color to: #0092EE.

Add the legs using two 26x4 px rectangles (#003E6B). Group all the elements of the armchair (Ctrl + G) and place next to the side table.

Make the pictures

We’re almost done!

Step 1

Draw an 82x112 px rectangle (Color: #006AB1). Add another 62x92 px rectangle inside (Color: #003E6B), creating a frame.

Then add two small 22x22 px rectangles (Color: #006BC2 and #00599C), inclined 45º, to the inside of the picture. Group all the elements of the picture (Ctrl + G).

Step 2

Copy the previous picture (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Double click on this to go into Isolate Mode, and substitute the diamonds for a 30x30 px circle (Color: #00508C). Press Esc to exit Isolate Mode.

8. Make the Background

Step 1

Let’s make the floor of our illustration. Draw an 800x120 px rectangle (Color: #00355C). Make the background with an 800x600 px rectangle (Color: #002149) and Send to Back (right click > Arrange > Send to Back).

Step 2

Now add a 650x650 px circle (Color: #00244F). Delete the lower anchor point and place this ellipse behind the furniture, as shown below.

Step 3

As a final touch, add a trapezoid shape underneath the lamp using the Pen tool (P), and applying a gradient with the Gradient tool (G). Use the fill colors shown in the image below.

Congratulations! We’re done!

I think we’ve achieved a great looking result. Those lovely blue tones invite us in for a night time read, and we fall asleep, there’s the alarm clock to wake us up!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you found it useful. Practice what you’ve learnt and apply it to your own designs and projects.

See you soon, bye!

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On this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a simple living room scene at night, complete with a lamp and side table, using basic shapes in Adobe Illustrator.

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