In this lesson, you will learn how to draw an iris (the flower, not the inside of an eye) using multiple effects. This advanced tutorial can be done with a vector application. It will be quicker and the result will be easier to achieved. Below you can see the final illustration. :)
Great! You can start by drawing the flower itself using thin lines like shown below. Of course, feel free to duplicate some shapes that are similar. You can always modify a few of these shapes if you don't want to end up with a symmetrical flower.
Next, fill all shapes with plain colors. Don't worry if colors are not 100% accurate for now. Things will change as we are adding more effects inside these elements later in the tutorial.
Continue working on this cartoon iris by sketching several lines inside all petals. Try to create something organic and irregular. Once again, you can duplicate lines for perfect symmetry of just draw randomly to obtain a natural result.
Things are getting tougher now! Select the gradient fill tool and add a second color on all shapes from the flower. You can also apply a little bit of transparency on lines to make these ones more subtle.
Proceed with the addition of new shapes on all six petals. Draw a yellow shape on the darker petals. On the light petals, sketch a white circular shape. In both cases, add some transparency to hide the top part of these new elements.
On the darker petals, draw a white shape and use transparency as shown below. A darker background can also be added on the three petals available in the middle of the cartoon iris.
A small shadow can be drawn on all three petals created in the back of the illustration. These new shapes are displayed with a pink outline below.
Complete this lesson by adding large white shapes on all elements of the flower. Using transparency, hide the bottom (and the left) of all shapes since the light source is located on the top (and the right) of the image.