Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Cactus

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Let’s create this little cactus character in vector using Adobe Illustrator. We will use basic shapes, the Line Segment Tool and a Warp Effect to create this cute cartoon character. Follow the steps below.

Create a Cactus Character in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

To create a New Document in your Adobe Illustrator, go to File > New and enter the following options:

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Step 2

On the Tools panel, you can find the Rectangle Tool (M), which you will use to create the flower pot.

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Step 3

Take the Rectangle Tool (M), and on the middle of your art board, draw a rectangle. Then delete the stroke color and set the fill color to the one you see in the image below:

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Step 4

While keeping it selected, go to Effect > Warp > Arc. In the new dialogue window, adjust the options as you see in the image below:

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Step 5

Draw one more rectangle pretty close to this one:

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Step 6

While keeping it selected, go to Effect > Warp > Arc. In the new dialogue window, adjust the options:

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Step 7

Combine the two warped rectangles together. Just grab one rectangle and move to another while holding the left mouse button.

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Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), draw an ellipse.

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Step 2

Now, go to Effect > Warp > Arc and in the new window, adjust the options as you see in the image below:

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Step 3

Take your cactus shape & place it in the flower pot. For this press Control-X, Control-B.

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3. Create the Eyes

Step 1

We’re going to use the Ellipse Tool (L) again to draw an ellipse.

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Step 2

Add a small white circle. That’s the eye.

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Step 3

Create another copy of the eye by copying and pasting (Control-C, Control-V).

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Step 4

Now, let’s position the eyes where they belong.

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4. Create the Mouth

Step 1

Create a black ellipse. Then go to Effect > Warp > Arc and adjust the options:

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Step 2

Place the mouth between the eyes.

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Step 1

Delete the fill color and set the stroke color.

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Step 2

On the Stroke panel, adjust the settings:

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Step 3

Using the Line Segment Tool (/), draw in the prickles.

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6. Create the Flowers

Step 1

Take the Polygon Tool and click on your workspace. A new dialogue window will ask you how many sides and what radius you want. Make 6 Sides, and for the Radius, it doesn’t really matter—just not too big. Once you’re done, press OK.

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Step 2

Delete the stroke color and set the fill color, which you see in the image below:

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Step 3

To make the flower from it, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat.

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Step 4

Using the Ellipse Tool (L) add a yellow circle in the middle of the flower.

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Make another copy of this flower (Control-C, Control-V) and place it on the cactus.

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7. Create the Background

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a square that is 600 px in width and height.

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Step 2

Place this square behind everything (Control-X, Control-B). Voila! That’s it!

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