How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful natural scene!

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator
If you want to skip the tutorial and just use these flowers in your work, you can purchase the Nature Summer Background With Daisy Flower from GraphicRiver!

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

1. How to Draw the Side-View Dandelion

Step 1

Let’s begin using the Mesh Tool (U) by drawing the first petal!

Grab a rectangle, filling it with #FAF128. Next, use the Mesh Tool to create a Mesh grid inside the object by clicking on the preferred spots.

After you’ve created six rows and four columns of Mesh, use the Mesh Tool to round the object into a petal by dragging its edges and nodes. Use the screenshot below for reference.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to color! Select the whole left edge of the object and color it with #B67810, and then color the second column from the left with #D7BE1B.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Continue coloring the object as shown in the screenshot below. You will need these colors:

  1. #FFFF2C
  2. #E2CA1F
  3. #D0B018

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

You’ve finished the first petal! Now, create petal number 2 by simply stretching a copy of the first object.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Create petal number 3 by stretching another copy of the first petal.

The third petal should be longer and thinner than the second one.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

For the fourth petal, make a copy that’s shorter and a bit thicker.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Grab a copy of petal number 4, stretch it a bit, and color a few nodes in its base with #B57510.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

For number 6, slightly recolor a copy of the first petal using Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors. Apply -5% Green.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Assemble the flower out of the petals you made.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Let’s create more petals! Make a bigger copy of petal 4.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 10

Stretch number 1.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Enlarge number 4, and then color its left edge with #B57510.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

Begin creating the 10th petal with mesh.

  1. #EFE124
  2. #FFF92A
  3. #C8BE1B

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 13

  1. #D3B119
  2. #B57510

Finish the 10th petal.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 14

Create petal 11 by recoloring one node to #B57510.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 15

Draw the 12th petal.

  1. #EFE124
  2. #DBBF26
  3. #BB8113

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 16

  1. #D0BD26
  2. #FFF934
  3. #E2CF2A

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 17

Assemble the lower part of the flower.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 18

Create an object by applying a stroke to a curved line, creating a reflected copy of it, expanding both objects’ appearance, and then using Pathfinder to Unite both objects.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 19

Color the object with Mesh.

  1. #FFE52B
  2. #D09908

Next, turn the lowest row of mesh completely transparent.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 20

Finish the flower.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 21

Draw a leaf with Mesh.

  1. #82924A
  2. #2B3806
  3. #6F7618
  4. #94A546
  5. #637323

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 22

Add the leaves to the dandelion.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 23

Draw the stem out of three rows of mesh.

  1. #597418
  2. #839334
  3. #FFFFFF

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 24

Add the stem to the flower!

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

2. How to Draw the Front-Facing Dandelion

Step 1

Begin drawing the first petal for the second flower!

  1. #FCDC00
  2. #DEAF00
  3. #E0C100
  4. #FCEC00
  5. #F2D700

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

  1. #FDE000
  2. #E2A600
  3. #D5A700
  4. #F6C300
  5. #F7D200
  6. #FFF300

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

  1. #FDE000
  2. #FBEA00
  3. #EFCF00
  4. #D3A300
  5. #FCE300

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

  1. #F1BC00
  2. #CE8F00
  3. #FFDE00
  4. #CEA000
  5. #BB8200
  6. #F9CD00

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Create the fifth petal out of the first one.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Create the sixth petal.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Assemble the outer part of the flower.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Create a smaller copy of the flower, and then reflect it and add it inside the bigger ring.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Add an ellipse filled with #FFB600 behind the petals.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 10

Open the attachment to this tutorial, dandelion.jpg.

Drag it inside your work document in Adobe Illustrator, and then open the Image Trace panel.

Set the number of Colors to 30, adjusting the other settings to match the screenshot if they are different. Press Trace, and then Object > Expand Appearance.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Delete the outer yellow part of the traced dandelion.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

Add the remainder inside the flower.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

3. How to Add the Daisies and the Grass

Step 1

To draw the daisy, consult my tutorial How to Draw Heart-Shaped Daisies in Adobe Illustrator.

This time, do not create a heart out of the middle, and go through the steps as if the middle was round.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

After you’ve traced and expanded the middle, flatten it a bit.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Create a blend shadow out of #89580F and #FFFAD7, setting it to Multiply with 80% Opacity.

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Step 4

Place the shadow in the middle of the petals, and then place the flower in the middle.

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Step 5

To create grass, consult this tutorial of mine: How to Create a Grass Banner in Adobe Illustrator. Recolor it by going to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors and adding 6% Green.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

To bend the straight blades of grass, use Effect > Warp > Arc with 50% Bend.

Expand Appearance.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Create a scene out of the objects we’ve made so far.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

4. How to Draw the Butterfly

Step 1

Draw an element of the butterfly’s wing with mesh.

  1. #E7A229
  2. #000000
  3. #FDF2DA
  4. #FACB49

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Add another part.

  1. #E7A229
  2. #FBCB45
  3. #000000
  4. #7F490F

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Draw the final element.

  1. #F7BE3D
  2. #000000
  3. #68380B
  4. #D38F24
  5. #5A2C09
  6. #FCCF46

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Draw an outline of a butterfly’s wing, fill it with black, and then add the elements we just made.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Draw another element for the wing.

  1. #000000
  2. #FFFFFF
  3. #F6BCA5
  4. #F9EBC9

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Create different variants by bending the original shape.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Add the objects to the butterfly’s wing.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe IllustratorHow to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Add a new copy of the wing.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Begin drawing the body of the butterfly with legs and antennae.

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Step 10

Draw the body.

  1. #000000
  2. #D4C3A7
  3. #86773E
  4. #554322

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Assemble the body.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

Complete the butterfly.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 13

Create a Blend shadow out of #293F06 and #FFFFFF. Set it to Multiply.

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Step 14

Add a Gradient shadow from #94A163 to #FFFFFF, and set it to Multiply.

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Step 15

Add the shadows under the bush and the butterfly next to it.

Then, draw an outline, “framing” the picture. Select everything and Make Clipping Mask.

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Step 16

You’re finished!

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

Awesome Work, You’re Done!

Thank you for following along, and please feel welcome to post your result in the comments. I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create beautiful photo-realistic flowers using the Mesh Tool.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learned how to use some useful tools for the future! Check out some of my other vector tutorials on my instructor profile.

You can purchase these flowers as well as other similar designs in my portfolio on GraphicRiver.

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