Design a Flat Style Camera Illustration
Today we’re going to learn how to draw this amazing compact camera with its accessories using basic shapes in Adobe Illustrator.
Prepare the document
Press Ctrl + N in order to create a new document. Set the Units to Pixels and make the artboard 800×600 px. Then in Advanced options, select RGB, Screen (72 ppi) and make sure you activate “Align New Objects to Pixel Grid” and click OK.
Activate the Grid (View > Show Grid) and Snap to grid (View > Snap to grid). You’re going to need a grid every 10 px, so just press Ctrl + K and go up, in Preferences, to Guides and Grids and establish “Gridline every 10” and Subdivision to 4. The grid will help you work much more easily and you can also activate and deactivate it just pressing “Ctrl +”.
You can activate the Info panel (Windows > Info) to get a previous view of the size and the position of your shapes. Remember to change the Units to Pixels, in Edit > Preferences > Units. This will help you work faster.
Create the camera and it’s components
Let’s start by drawing the body of the camera and then add in the parts like the lens, the flash, the shooting button…
Let’s start creating the body using a 292×176 px rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) and use the fill color #64DDBB. Establish the corner radius to 38px in the Transform panel.
Duplicate (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) the rectangle and change its width to 280 px in the Transform panel. Change the fill color to #7CEECE.
Add a band in the middle of the camera (using the rectangle tool) of 284×94 px and fill with a light grey color (#E7E7E8). Round the right corners (16 px corner radius).
Duplicate the rectangle (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and change its width to 272 px. Change the fill color to #F7F7F8.
Now create a notch using a 50×16 px rectangle using the rectangle tool and fill with the color #E7E7E8. Round the corners (8 px). Duplicate (Ctrl+F) move it one point to the left and one down with the arrows of your keyboard. Change the fill color to #F7F7F8.
Add another rectangle, 38×4 px using the color #51B398. Round the vertex and place it as you see it here.
Now let’s create the lens using seven ellipses that we will create in the following order:
First ellipse: 140×140 px; #5B5B5F
Second ellipse: 124×124 px; #3D3D5F
Third ellipse: 114×114 px; #5B5B5F
Forth ellipse: 104×104 px; #353538
Fifth ellipse: 66×66 px; #5B5B5F
Sixth ellipse: 60×60 px; #272729
Seventh ellipse: 12×12 px; #F3EAD8
Group all the ellipses (Ctrl + G) and create a new ellipse that’s 140×140 px with a fill color #5B5B5F. Lower the opacity to 25% on the Appearance panel. Send it behind the lens (Right click > Arrange > Send Backward) and move it 8 px down.
Create a little led light with a 4×4 px ellipse using the fill color #EB63361. And place it in the corner next to the lens.
Now create a pair of ellipses to add a reflection to the lens. The first ellipse will be 38×38 px (#F3EDE0) and with an opacity of 25%.
The other ellipse will be (12×12 px #FFFFFF) with the opacity down to 45%. Place both ellipses as you see here.
Remember you can adjust the Opacity in the Appearance panel or directly on the navigation bar above.
Now let’s create the camera flash using a 28×24 px rectangle (#60646D) with rounded corners (4 px corner radius). Add another rectangle, size 24×12 px (#BDC5D6) and place it centered with the other one.
Group both rectangles (Ctrl + G) and place them as you see below.
Now let’s create two little side handles. For this, we’ll create a 18×18 px ellipse (#51B398). Duplicate it (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and change de size to 8×8 px.
Select both ellipses and apply Minus Front, in the Pathfinder. Duplicate (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and place both handles underneath and behind the camera (Right click > Arrange > Send to back).
Now we have to add the button using a 46×8 px (#5D7871) and change the upper corner radius to 4px from the Transform panel.
Create another rectangle that’s 46×2 px (#8DC4B6) and align it with the lower side of the previous rectangle. Group both (Ctrl + G) and put it on top of the camera.
Add the dial using a 42×12 px (#5D7871) rectangle. Round the upper corners (4 px) then add nine rectangles and fill with this color: #8DC4B6, size 2×6 px and separated from each other by 2 px.
Group everything and put it in place.
To finish with the camera we’ll add a little button which we’ll create using a small ellipse that’s 14×14 px (#7CEECE).
Duplicate the ellipse and change the fill color to #64DDBB and send it underneath the other one. (Right click > Arrange > Send to back). Move it 4 px down.
Group both ellipses and place them in the lower right corner.
Create the background
Now we can add some small details to the background.
Let’s create a cross using a stroke (#64DDBB) with the Line Segment Tool (\) that will be 10 px long and 4 px thick. Round the caps on the Stroke panel, duplicate (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) and rotate 90º, with the Rotate Tool (R). Finally group everything.
Using the same method we used for the cross, we’re going to create an “X”, rotating 45º. Then we add an ellipse that’s 12×12 px (#FEC606) and a 4 px stroke width.
Duplicate (Ctrl + C > Ctrl + F) the elements and decorate as you see here.
Add some shading underneath using a 156×18 px rectangle (#1C292E). Group everything and center the illustration inside the artboard with the Align panel.
Finally create a rectangle the same size as the artboard (800×600 px) with the fill color #25373D and send it back.
Congrats! We’re finished!
Great! We have an amazing result and I’ve personally enjoyed it a lot. This camera came out pretty neat! Well I hope you’ve learned new abilities that you can try out on your own projects. I would love to see your results! And remember: Practise makes perfect!