This Adobe Illustrator How To guide will show you how to draw an Easter egg. You don’t have to believe in the Easter Bunny to enjoy a wonderful colored egg during the Easter season. The fresh air of spring brings new life, love and happiness to all. Now, you can share the blessings of the season by using this beautiful Easter egg for all your holiday cards, programs an other layouts.
This tutorial uses Adobe Illustrator CS5.1. This version of Illustrator comes either on its own or as a part of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Illustrators with older versions of the software can follow along, although some of the options and screens may differ. Those who do not have Adobe Illustrator can download a 30-day trial version from the Adobe website. In just a few easy steps, you will have a beautiful colored egg and some new Adobe Illustrator skills. Open Illustrator, create a new document and get ready to draw!
Drawing the Egg
Use the Illustrator Ellipse Tool to draw the egg. Start by drawing an ellipse as shown.
Next, grab the Direct Selection Tool and make the ellipse look more like an egg. Click on the shape with the tool and then adjust the handles at each of its four points.
Wow! That was easy!
Decorate Your Easter Egg (Zig Zag)
Now that you have an egg, decorate it with cool shapes. Start by drawing a rectangle across your egg.
Next, add points to the rectangle using the Add Anchor Point Tool. Add one point at each place where the rectangle intersects with the egg. Add one extra point in the middle of the top line of the rectangle and three extra points on the bottom line of the rectangle.
Get the Selection Tool and then select both objects. Next, use the Pathfinder window to Divide the rectangle.
Now, right click and choose Ungroup from the context menu. You can now remove the excess shapes from your illustration.
Now, use your Direct Select Tool for Illustrator to create a zig zag pattern using the extra anchor points you added. Select each excess line segment and delete it.
Decorate Your Easter Egg (Curved Lines)
You can now create curved lines using a similar procedure. Grab the rectangle and draw another overlapping rectangle as wide or as narrow as you would like. Add anchor points to the middle of each line and drag the lines downward to create a V.
Grab the Convert Anchor Point tool to click, hold and drag each of the center points…
… until you see the handles.
Add Color and Fun!