How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh ToolandBlend in Adobe Illustrator to create a professional office desk background!

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

If you’d like to skip the tutorial and just use this vector in your work, you can go ahead and purchase the Office Background from GraphicRiver!

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

1. How to Draw a Cup of Coffee

Step 1

Let’s begin by creating a base for all of the circular shapes in this tutorial.

Because I want the Mesh to be easy to manipulate and precise, I don’t apply Mesh to a circle, but instead to a rectangle, which I then bend into a circular shape.

As the latter is pretty tricky to do, I am attaching a base for you to work with in this tutorial (press theDownload Attachment button on the left of this article). Create a few copies of it for further use.

Once you have made your own circle or downloaded mine, grab the Mesh Tool (Control-U) and by clicking inside the shape, place mesh nodes as indicated in the screenshot below.

Next, select the outer edge of the circle and color it with #CAC6C3.

Proceed by coloring more nodes (selected in the image below) with #E6E5E3.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Let’s create our first Blend!

We will need two circles, slightly different in size, with the bigger one being white and the smaller one colored with #44392F. Place the brown circle on top of the white one and change the bigger circle’s Opacity to 0%.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Proceed to Object > Blend > Blend Options, and select Specified Steps, 30.

Next, select both circles and go to Object > Blend > Make, creating a transparent shadow.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Change the shadow’s transparency mode to Multiply.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Grab a copy of the white Mesh circle from earlier, and then color its edges with #CAC6C3 and its middle with #C8C5C1.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

You will need another copy of the mesh circle. This time, color the whole thing with #695C45. Then make the middle #0C0706 (follow the selected nodes), and finally color some nodes with #72634A.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Create a foundation for another blend, this time using two shapes filled with #888483 and #010101. Make the bigger shape transparent.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Use the same settings as in Step 3 for Object > Blend > Make.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Change the shape to Screen with 80% Opacity.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 10

Create another Blend using the same method as before. You will need the same colors as in Step 7.

Don’t forget to apply Screen to the resulting image.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Place the highlights on top of the coffee base.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

This Mesh is a bit more complicated, but all you have to do is follow the screenshots closely. You will need these colors:

  1. #F3F2F1
  2. #E0DDDB
  3. #CBC6C3

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 13

Finish drawing the handle of the cup in three more steps.

  1. #FFFFFF
  2. #F6F4F4
  3. #BEB9B5

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 14

Create another Blend out of #B8B4B0 and #E0DDDB shapes.

Apply Multiply and 30% Opacity to the result.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 15

Assemble the cup out of the elements we’ve made so far.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 16

Let’s draw bubbles! You will need to grab one more copy of the Mesh circle for this.

  1. #251B12
  2. #7E6E55
  3. #F0F0EF

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 17

Make the edges transparent.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 18

Grab another copy.

  1. #251B12
  2. #7E6E55

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 19

Make the edges transparent.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 20

Create a semi-circle out of the bubbles.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 21

Finally, add them to the surface of the coffee.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

2. How to Draw the Pen and Pencil

Step 1

Draw the base of the pencil with Mesh.

  1. #252525
  2. #555555
  3. #3F3F3F

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Stretch the Mesh to make it long enough for a pencil, and then create a jagged left edge.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Draw the tip of the pencil.

  1. #D4B999
  2. #EDDDC0
  3. #C6AB8D
  4. #4C4C4C
  5. #9C9C9C

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Add the tip.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Draw another Blend—you will need a #535353 shape and a #E5E3E0 shape.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Make the Blend with the usual settings.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Add the shadow under the pencil.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Draw the base of the pen.

  1. #BEBEBE
  2. #909090
  3. #AAAAAA
  4. #D9D9D9
  5. #A8A8A8
  6. #C4C4C4

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Bend the end of the Mesh into a triangle.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 10

Draw another part of the pen.

  1. #2D2D2D
  2. #6B6B6B
  3. #C4C4C4

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Draw the tip.

  1. #DEC394
  2. #F6E9B1
  3. #F4D5AE
  4. #C1A780

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

Assemble the pen. Add a copy of the shadow we used with the pencil.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

3. How to Draw the Notepad and Tablet

Step 1

Draw a shape and apply a Linear Gradient to its Stroke. (#4B4A4A#919090#4B4A4A)

Select the result and go to Object > Expand Appearance.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Modify the Mesh of the shape a bit, and then add a new shape at the lower edge.

  1. #313131
  2. #FBFBFB
  3. #313131

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Create a row of these.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Draw a sheet of paper.

  1. #FFFFFF
  2. #EAEAEA

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Draw a #313131 cover for the notepad.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Make a Blend shadow, using a #E5E3E0 and #191717 rectangle. Set the result to Multiply.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Assemble the notepad.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Add the Blend shadow under the sheet of paper, but set its Opacity to 50%.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Draw the tablet out of two shapes—one white and one black.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 10

Create another Blend shadow, using a #505050 shape and a #E5E3E0 shape.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Add the shadow under the tablet.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

Assemble all elements on a #E5E3E0 background.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 13

Draw a rectangle, outlining what you’d like to keep in your background.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 14

Select everything, right-click, and press Make Clipping Mask.

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Step 15

Enjoy your office background!

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profile, or check out my portfolio on GraphicRiver, as well as the original vector we recreated in this tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I would be super happy to see any results in the comments below!

How to Draw an Office Background in Adobe Illustrator