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.
1. Make a New Document
Press Ctrl + N to create a New Document. Set the Units to Pixels and the size of the document to 800 x 600px. Then in Advanced Options, select Color Mode RGB and Resolution 72ppi.
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.
2. Make the Side Table
Make a 188 x 154px rectangle with the Rectangle tool (M). Use this fill color: #005787.
Then, add another 207 x 7px rectangle (Color: #009EFF) for the table top. Add another two 167 x 6px rectangles (#009EFF) for the drawers.
Make two 18 x 18px 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 2px with the arrow keys. Change the fill color to #0090E4.
Make another 18 x 18px 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.
Add shading to the drawers using 167 x 2px rectangles (Color: #004D79). Make another shadow under the table top with a 188 x 4px rectangle (Color: #004D79). Group all the elements of the side table together (Ctrl + G).
3. Make the Lamp
Draw a 70 x 9px rectangle (Color: #006AB5) and round the top corners with a 9px Radius in the Transform panel.
For the stand, make an 8 x 82px rectangle (Color: #00A1EA). Make another 8 x 8px rectangle (#008BDB) to add a shadow to the lamp stand.
For the lamp shade, add a 104 x 118 rectangle (Color #006AB5). With the Direct Selection tool (A), move the upper anchor points up 8px, 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.
To finish the lamp, make a 3 x 38px rectangle (Color: #00A1EA) for the light switch. Add a small 6 x 6px circle to the bottom (Color: #00A1EA) using the Ellipse tool (L).
4. Make the clock
We’ll start by making a 37 x 37px circle (Color: #009EFF) and another 30 x 30px one (Color: #97CCFF).
Next, draw the clock’s digits with the Pen tool (P). Use a 2px long stroke with a weight of 2px 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.
Now, we’ll draw the clock’s hands. With the Pen tool (P) draw a 10px long stroke with a 2px weight (Color: #006AB5). Make another line, also 10px long, but inclined 45º.
Select the Pen tool again, and draw a line, inclined 45º, with a stroke weight of 6px (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).
Now make a 16 x 16px 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 4 x 2px rectangle and another 2 x 4px one, and make a T. Again, place them behind the clock shape (Right click > Arrange > Send Backwards). Group everything (Ctrl + G).
5.Make the book
Making the book is quite easy. Draw a 48 x 12px 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 Effect > Path > Offset Path, and input -3. Then, Object > Expand Appearance.
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 2px to the right.
6. Make the armchair
First, make two 56 x 147px rectangles (Color: #008BDF), another 260 x 56px one (Color: #008BDF) and finally, two more that are 75 x 56px (#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.
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.
Add the back of the armchair by drawing a 204 x 196px rectangle (Color: #006AB1). Round the upper corners. Place this shape behind the previous shapes (Right Click > Arrange > Send backwards).
Then, make four 16 x 16px 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.
Now make a 148 x 56px 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 26 x 4px rectangles (#003E6B). Group all the elements of the armchair (Ctrl + G) and place next to the side table.
7. Make the pictures
We’re almost done!
Draw an 82 x 112px rectangle (Color: #006AB1). Add another 62 x 92px rectangle inside (Color: #003E6B), creating a frame.
Then add two small 22 x 22px rectangles (Color: #006BC2 and #00599C), inclined 45º, to the inside of the picture. Group all the elements of the picture (Ctrl + G).
Copy the previous picture (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F). Double click on this to go into Isolate Mode, and substitute the diamonds for a 30 x 30px circle (Color: #00508C). Press Esc to exit Isolate Mode.
8. Make the Background
Let’s make the floor of our illustration. Draw an 800 x 120px rectangle (Color: #00355C). Make the background with an 800 x 600px rectangle (Color: #002149) and Send to Back (right click > Arrange > Send to Back).
Now add a 650 x 650px circle (Color: #00244F). Delete the lower anchor point and place this ellipse behind the furniture, as shown below.
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!