How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a pair of photo-realistic vector hands holding a plant!

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

If you want to skip the tutorial and just use this vector in your work, purchase Hands holding young plant from GraphicRiver!

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

1. How to Draw the Hands With Mesh

Step 1

Let’s learn how to use Gradient Mesh!

Begin by drawing a rectangle and filling it with #DAA592. Next, take the Mesh Tool (U) and create a mesh grid inside the object by clicking on different spots.

Bend the object into the shape seen in the screenshot below. Once the shape and the mesh grid matches the image, select the upper left nodes and color them with #F0C1B3.

Continue by selecting and coloring the indicated nodes with the respective colors.

You will need these:

  1. #DAA592
  2. #F0C1B3
  3. #D99F8A
  4. #D18F76
  5. #CC8A71
  6. #C0826B

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Continue drawing the arm, using Mesh to color the indicated nodes.

  1. #C48268
  2. #C5846E
  3. #C27B67
  4. #F5E4DF

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Finish this part of the arm.

  1. #B97A61
  2. #CA8972
  3. #CE8F78
  4. #D69E8A

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Begin drawing the next part of the arm.

  1. #CB8B73
  2. #903023
  3. #E6BAAD
  4. #E3A999

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Finish this part of the arm.

  1. #DA9A86
  2. #D18570
  3. #C27561
  4. #C47E68

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Align both arm parts together.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Move the parts close enough to put the border nodes on top of each other. Then select each pair of nodes (with the Lasso Tool (Q)) and color them with the same color code to match them perfectly.

  1. #C8876F
  2. #C8876F
  3. #C7866F
  4. #C5846E
  5. #CB8B73
  6. #C27B67
  7. #C6846E
  8. #C5846E
  9. #CC8A71
  10. #CB8A72
  11. #CB8A72
  12. #D69F8B
  13. #F0C1B3

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Draw the finger.

  1. #DB9883
  2. #F2C7BE
  3. #D68372
  4. #F4B9AC
  5. #E8A897

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 9

Continue drawing the finger.

  1. #E29B86
  2. #DA927C
  3. #E6A593
  4. #ECA592
  5. #DD927C
  6. #A94A3F

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 10

Finish the drawing.

  1. #C8816A
  2. #D4907A
  3. #D77165

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 11

Draw the nail.

  1. #E58F8C
  2. #FCC1C1
  3. #FAD0D3
  4. #DF7C77
  5. #FECDD1
  6. #E89D9A
  7. #F984B7

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 12

Attach the nail to the finger.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 13

Attach the finger to the rest of the hand the way we did in Step 7.

  1. #EDCEC5
  2. #E1AB99
  3. #CF917A
  4. #CF917A
  5. #C9826B

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 14

Begin drawing another finger.

  1. #EBA79A
  2. #FCD5D4
  3. #DB8776
  4. #CE8E79
  5. #D69486
  6. #DD907F

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 15

Finish the finger.

  1. #D89788
  2. #F4BCAF
  3. #E69787
  4. #FCD5D4

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 16

Draw another nail.

  1. #F0AAA9
  2. #FFD9CD
  3. #FFB9B8
  4. #FCCCCC
  5. #FAA69C
  6. #FDC0B5

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 17

Draw another finger.

  1. #DE9D8E
  2. #EEADA3
  3. #F0BFB6
  4. #C77863

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 18

Finish the finger and attach the nail to it.

  1. #DB8C7B
  2. #E7B2A5
  3. #CE8D76
  4. #D89782

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 19

Draw the last finger of the first arm.

  1. #E2A998
  2. #D18B76
  3. #D79987
  4. #E5B8AA

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 20

Draw the second arm.

  1. #DB8C7B
  2. #E2B9A9
  3. #D28F76
  4. #CD8F7A

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 21

Draw a finger for the second arm.

  1. #DC9F8A
  2. #DA7D68
  3. #EBC0B6
  4. #D78F76

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 22

Finish the drawing.

  1. #E6A591
  2. #E49587
  3. #D38F7D

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 23

Assemble the hand out of the parts we made.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 24

Match the node colors just like before.

  1. #CE8E79
  2. #CE8E79
  3. #CF8F7A
  4. #CF8F7B
  5. #D3937D
  6. #D99984
  7. #D59680
  8. #D1917A
  9. #E0AD9D
  10. #E6B9AC

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

2. How to Draw the Leaves and the Soil

Step 1

Draw a green mesh base (#638F35), and then add some mesh nodes colored with #5F8730 to the middle of it.

Draw an #ADAD4D outline, place it on top of the mesh, and then draw an outline for the leaf. Place it on top of both elements we made before, select everything, and use Make Clipping Mask after right-clicking on the image.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Draw a stem for the plant and fill it with a Linear Gradient (#331408#6F9700#6F9700).

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Draw another part of the stem with Mesh.

  1. #759334
  2. #679134

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Make the left edge of the object completely transparent.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 5

Create a copy of the leaf we made before and proceed to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors, using these settings:

  • Red: 7%
  • Green: 8%
  • Blue: -43%

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

Assemble the plant.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7

Draw an outline of soil and fill it with #2D2115.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Place the soil and the plant into the vector hands.

How to Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

What now? You can try any of my other tutorials from my profileor 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 Vector Hands Holding a Plant in Adobe Illustrator