Create Vector Whiskey on the Rocks Using Adobe Illustrator CS5

Today, we have another Vector tutorial. If you want to learn how to create a complex object with exacting details, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Learn how to use multiple advanced Illustrator and art

techniques to make this creative work.





Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3h +
  • Updated: December 1, 2013

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating




Step 1

Any simple or complex project begins with the construction of the shape of the objects. Start with the creation of a glass shape. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create an ellipse, prolonged horizontally – the shape of the bottom of the glass.

Now create a second ellipse, the horizontal axis of which will be greater than that of the first ellipse, and the vertical axis is much less. Since the ellipse is the upper edge of the cup, place it on the first ellipse and align both ellipses according to the vertical axis of the ellipse with the help of the Align palette.

The distance between the ellipses gives the height of the glass, and the shape of ellipses determines the position in space relatively to the viewer, that means you. Judging from my picture, the viewer’s eyes are slightly above the upper edge of the glass.


Step 2

Now we need to create the shape of the upper boundary of the bottom of the cup and the shape of the upper edge of the liquid, it is whiskey in our case. All of these shapes will also represent ellipses, lying between the ellipses that we created in the first step. The shape and size of these ellipses will be different from the ellipses created in accordance with the Rule of perspective and the shape of the glass.

Our glass is a truncated cone, so let us solve this problem smartly and easily. Select the top and bottom ellipses and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options … and set the number of steps of the blend in the dialog box. Now go to Object > Blend > Make…

We have got a set of cross sections of the glass in perspective. Beautiful! Now go to Object > Blend > Expand.

Select and remove excess circles, leaving only the upper boundary of the bottom and the level of the whiskey.


Step 3

Take the Scissors Tool (C) and cut the upper and lower ellipses at the points A, B, C and D. Now select and remove the lower piece of the upper ellipse and the upper piece of the lower ellipse.

Now take the Pen Tool (P) and connect the bottom and the top edge of the glass.


Step 4

Create the shape of the ice cubes. Take the Pen Tool (P) and create two rhombus-like shapes as shown below.

Now we’ll move from a simple to complex shape. Select one of the shapes and use the Pen Tool (P) to add anchor points to the outline. Using the Direct Selection Tool (A), move some of them, creating a broken circuit.

Now select the created points, and convert them from corner into smooth ones.


Step 5

With the Pen Tool (P) create the sides of the upper ice cube.

In order to place the objects in the correct order in the layers palette, I color them in different colors, which is helpful. Using the same technique, create the shape of the second ice cube.

…and that’s the end of the preview!



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