How to create landscape in Adobe Illustrator

Using different Illustrator shapes you can create a simple landscape. Creating such vector art in Adobe Illustrator is very easy and not time consuming.
To learn how to create landscape in this software, follow the steps below.


Step # 1 – Make the grass

First of all start by making the grass. Select the “pen tool” and enter two points at the bottom edges, then move upwards add one on the left, two in the middle, one on the right and then close the shape. Curve the two anchor points in the center by using the “convert anchor point tool”.

Draw the grass

Step # 2 – Alter the grass

Add gradient to this shape with the right color stop at the value “R=171 G=218 B=77″ and the color stop on the left at “R=51 G=160 B=44″.

Modify the grass

Step # 3 – Work on its copy

Copy this shape and paste it at the back in the same position by pressing “ctrl + c” then “ctrl + f”. While selecting the copy go to the “object” menu, drop down to “transform” and select the “reflect” option. Now reflect this shape on the vertical axis at 90 degrees. Adjust the gradients so as to make the edge of the hills at the back a little darker.

Modify its copy

Step # 4 – Make the sky

Next, make a rectangle the size of your canvas, give it a blue gradient and send it at the back by right clicking, going to “arrange” and pressing the “send to back” option.

Draw the sky

Step # 5 – Make the sun

For the sun draw a circle by making a shape with the ellipse tool while pressing down the shift key. This makes a circle instead of the ellipse. Enter a yellowish gradient with the shade of the left color stop at “R=254 G=222 B=88″ and the right one at “R=237 G=179 B=41″. Keep the angle of the gradient at 90 and shift the sun behind the hills.

Draw the sun

Step # 6 – Make ellipses

To make clouds, use the ellipse tool from amongst the different Illustrator shapes. Add a bluish-white gradient fill to it. Make overlapping ellipses which we will then combine to convert them to clouds.

Draw ellipses

Step # 7 – Apply the “unite” option

Open the “pathfinder” panel by selecting it from the “window” menu. Select all of the ellipses and press the “unite” button on the pathfinder panel. Place the cloud wherever you wish. You can copy and paste it according to your scene.

Select the “unite” option

Step # 8 – Make a road

To create a road simply draw its shape with a pen tool with a fill with values at “R= 51, G=51, B=51″. Adjust its size to give it perspective.
Your vector art is now ready. You can do further detailing in it if you wish.

Draw a road