How to Create a Desk Lamp in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator can be a little tricky to get your hands around, particularly after getting used to the workflow of applications like Photoshop. The differences between layer use and the creation of objects and shapes can be really strange at first hand.

In the following tutorial you will learn to create a desk lamp by using some basic tools, vector shape building techniques, complex gradients, duplicated shapes and some effects. So let’s begin!

Final Result

Let’s see what you will be creating in this tutorial.
Create a Desk Lamp in Illustrator - Final Result

Create a Desk Lamp in Illustrator

Create a New Document

1. Launch Illustrator and then press (Ctrl + N) to create a New document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, enter 1100 in the width box and 900 in the height box then click on the Advanced button. Select RGBScreen (72ppi) and make sure that the Align New Objects to Pixel Grid box is unchecked before you click OK.
Create a New Document

Create the Lamp Base

2. Start with drawing a 208 by 49px ellipse using the Ellipse Tool (L). Keep the ellipse selected and go to the Object > Path > Offset Path… Enter a 5px Offset and click OK. Next replace the existing stroke color of the new ellipse with red and then move it 24pxdown.
Create the Lamp Base
3. Before you continue, reselect the black ellipse, duplicate it (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) and then lock the copy (Ctrl +2). Now select four anchor points highlighted with blue and click on the "Cut path at selected anchor points" button from the Properties bar. This make two ellipses become four paths. Select two paths as shown in the second image and then remove them. Focus on the fourth image, select two anchor points highlighted with blue and click on the "Connect selected end points" button from the Properties bar. Likewise, do the same for the two anchor points highlighted with magenta. Finally select the newly created object and fill it with R=91, G=90, B=88.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
4. Press (Ctrl +Alt +2) to unlock the black ellipse and then fill it with the linear gradient as shown below. Keep the resulting shape selected, make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of it and replace the existing color of the copy with R=155, G=155, B=152, then go to the Effect > Stylize > Feather… Enter a 5px Radius and click OK.
Create the Lamp Base
5. Now, follow the sequence of images and draw some details similar to the ones from below.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
6. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created in the step 5. Now select the shape created in the step 3, make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of this shape and bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Keep the new shape selected, hold down theShift and click on the group created in this step, then go to the Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Ctrl +7).
Create the Lamp Base
7. With the Ellipse Tool (L) create a 28 by 7px ellipse and then place it to the correct position as shown below. Reselect the new ellipse and go to the Object > Transform > Scale… In the Scale dialog box, check the Uniform and enter a 82 in the Scale box, then click Copy. Replace the existing stroke color of the new ellipse with blue and then move it30px up. Before you continue, make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) two newly created ellipses and then hide the copies. Now focus on the third image, select four anchor points highlighted with black and click on the "Cut path at selected anchor points" button from the Properties bar. This make two ellipses become four paths. Select two paths as shown in the fourth image and then remove them. Focus on the fifth image, select two anchor points highlighted with black and click on the "Connect selected end points" button from the Properties bar. Likewise, do the same for the two anchor points highlighted with magenta.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
8. Before you continue, press (Ctrl +Alt +3) to show two ellipses hidden in the step 7. Next fill the red object created in the step 7 with the linear gradient as shown in the second image. Fill the blue ellipse with R=128, G=130, B=133 and fill the red ellipse withR=35, G=31, B=32, then move it 1px down.
Create the Lamp Base
9. Now, follow the sequence of images and draw some details similar to the ones from below.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
10. Create three objects, then fill them and arrange them as shown in the images below.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
11. With the Line Segment Tool (\) create seven horizontal lines as shown below. Once your lines are drawn, fill them with none and add a 1px stroke (R=167, G=169, B=172). Now select the biggest shape created in the step 10, make a copy of it and then bring the copy to front (Ctrl +Shift +Right Square Bracket). Keep the new shape selected, hold down the Shift and click on the seven newly created lines, then go to the Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Ctrl +7). At this point your lamp base should look like in the final image.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
12. Select and group (Ctrl + G) all shapes created from beginning step 7 to this time, then go to the Object > Transform > Reflect… Check the Horizontal and click Copy, then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) to hide the copy behind the original group. Next move the new group down to the position like you see in the second image. Now select the ellipse with feather effect applied in the step 3 and press (Ctrl +C) to copy this ellipse. Next click on the newly created group and press (Ctrl +F) to paste the copy in front of this group. Replace the existing color of the new ellipse with the radial gradient like you see in the fourth image. Make sure that the resulting ellipse is still selected, then go to the Appearance palette (Window > Appearance) and click on the Feather section. In the Feather box, enter a 10px Radius and click OK.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
13. Using the Ellipse Tool (L) create a 24 by 6px ellipse and then place it to the position as shown below. Make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of this ellipse, replace the existing stroke color of the copy with black and then move it 16px up. Do the same as the step 7 to create the red object like you see in the third image. Next fill the black ellipse and the red object with the linear gradient as shown in the fourth and the fifth image. Now select the red ellipse and increase its size a bit, then fill it with R=35, G=31, B=32.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
14. To add more detail, first using the Pen Tool (P) and create a curved path as shown below. Once your path is drawn, fill it with none and add a 1px stroke (apply the linear gradient within stroke), then apply the Width Profile 1 for the resulting path. The lamp base is ready and looks like you see in the third image below.
Create the Lamp Base
Create the Lamp Base
15. Next come the base joint. With the help of the Pen Tool (P) create an object as shown below. Once your object is drawn, fill it with R=148, G=150, B=147. Make a copy (Ctrl +C, Ctrl +F) of the resulting shape and replace the existing color of the copy withR=26, G=26, B=22, then press (Ctrl +Left Square Bracket) to send it backward. Next move this new shape 3px up and 3px to the left.
Create the Lamp Base

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