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How to Draw Heart-Shaped Daisies in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool and Warp Effects in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful pair of heart-shaped daisies!

Let's learn how to use the Mesh Toolwhile creating this background!
First, draw a rectangle, filling it with the color #53A1FF. Grab the Mesh Tool (U) and create a Mesh Grid like the one in the screenshot below by clicking where the nodes are supposed to be.
Next, select the six bottom nodes as indicated in the second step of the image, and color them with #FFFFFF
Continue in a similar fashion, first coloring the top middle row of nodes, now with #A8D9FF, and then three more nodes on the top with #89C6F7.
mesh sky
Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a white-filled heart. Create two smaller copies of it.
white hearts
Next, change the Opacity of the biggest heart to 50%, of the middle heart to 70%, and of the smallest one to 30%.
different opacity
Place them onto the blue background like this:
add to sky
You can also add clouds. Find out how to create those in this tutorial!
Now that our background is all done, let's move on to the harder part of the tutorial: drawing the daisy with Mesh!
Draw the first petal out of an ellipse, which you need to add Mesh nodes to and shape as shown in the screenshot below. 
Use the Mesh Tool (U) and follow the steps below, coloring the selected nodes.
You will need these colors:
  1. #FDFEF9
  2. #F6F0E4
  3. #E8DDD0
  4. #B59F89
mesh petal
To make the second petal, create a copy of the first one and proceed to Effect > Warp > Squeeze, using a 34% Bend with 1% Horizontal and 3% Vertical Distortion.
After you apply this effect, use Object > Expand Appearance. Then manually resize the petal to make it a bit smaller.
We will be making a lot of different petals, so I recommend that you keep track of the numbers assigned to them! You will be needing those in the future.
warp petal
Return to Mesh for the creation of the third petal. Follow the steps below.
  1. #FDFEF9
  2. #F4EDE4
  3. #CBBBA9
gradient mesh petal
Draw the fourth petal with mesh.
  1. #FDFEF9
  2. #F2EBE0
  3. #CFC1B1
To create the fifth petal, grab a copy of the one we made in Step 2
Go to Effect > Warp > Arc, using the following settings:
  • Bend: 14%
  • Horizontal: 3%
  • Vertical: 19%
Don't forget to apply Object > Expand Appearance.
To get the sixth petal, simply stretch a copy of number 5.
copy petal
Draw this one with Mesh.
  1. #FDFEF9
  2. #ECE3D9
  3. #F4EFE7
  4. #CFC1B1
gradient mesh
For petal number 8, flatten a copy of the seventh petal, and then move to Effect > Warp > Arc, applying these settings:
  • Bend: 8%
  • Horizontal: 14%
  • Vertical: 11%
Object > Expand Appearance.
warp mesh
For this one, also grab a copy of 7, this time using Effect > Warp > Squeeze.
  • Bend: 35%
  • Horizontal: -4%
  • Vertical: -14%
Don't forget to apply Object > Expand Appearance.
squeeze petal
For the tenth petal, return to a copy of the first petal we made and apply Squeeze.
  • Bend: 47%
  • Horizontal: -3%
  • Vertical: 9%
Expand Appearance of the object.
warp petal
Make this one with Mesh.
  1. #E9DFD4
  2. #DACFC1
  3. #FDFCFB
gradient mesh
  1. #F4EDE4
  2. #E5DCD0
  3. #EBE3D7
daisy flower petal
Draw the final petal.
  1. #F3ECE3
  2. #FEFDFD
  3. #E1D7CB
  4. #EAE1D6
mesh tool
Using the numbers as reference, assemble the daisy.
assemble daisy
The one element we are missing is the middle of the sunflower. As it is very difficult to draw such a complex thing from scratch, I'd like to turn to Image Trace
In the sidebar of this tutorial, you will find the Download Attachment button. Press it and, when the zip file downloads, unzip the archive. One of the files, full_daisy.jpg, is a photo (taken by me) that we will be using in this step.
For the next couple steps, you will be needing Adobe Photoshop. If you don't have this software, feel free to skip ahead to Step 4.
First, open the .jpg file in Adobe Photoshop. Zoom in on the daisy in the middle and crop out the middle of it; next, isolate it in white as shown on the right.
If you encounter difficulties while isolating the middle, use daisy_cropped.jpg for the next step.
photoshop daisy
Go to Filter > Liquify and there, select the first tool on the toolbar. With this, shape the daisy middle into a heart.
shape heart
It should turn out like this; however, this process is quite difficult and requires great attention to detail. Because of that, you can instead use the file I have made (daisy_heart.jpg) for the next step if you find it necessary.
daisy heart
Open the file you made in Photoshop (or daisy_heart.jpg) in Adobe Illustrator.
Tweak the color a little bit with Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Colors to make it brighter.
Go into Window > Image Trace and in that panel, input the settings you can see below:
  • Mode: Color
  • Palette: Full Tone
  • Colors: 100
  • Paths: 50%
  • Corners: 50%
  • Noise: 5 px
Click Trace.
Take the resulting vector and use Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort to lay it in perspective. Expand Appearance of the object.
free distort
Using the Pen Tool (P), draw an outline for the heart. Next, apply a Radial Gradient  (#D2A451 - #FFFFFF) to the Stroke.
Change the Transparency Mode of the heart to Multiply and its Opacity to 60%.
Place the outline on top of the heart.
Draw two hearts. Fill the smaller one with #92621E and the bigger one with #E8DCC8.
two hearts
Place the brown heart on top of the white heart and make the white heart completely transparent.
transparent heart
Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options, select Specified Steps, and input 30.
Then, select both hearts and apply Object > Blend > Make.
Set the heart to Multiply with 30% Opacity.
Place it behind the heart.
behind the heart
Place the middle on top of the daisy petals.
add to daisy
Draw the stem for the flowers with Mesh.
  1. #94A040
  2. #597418
  3. #FFFFFF
Warp the stem with Arc.
  • Bend: 14%
  • Horizontal: 2%
  • Vertical: 0%
Expand Appearance of the object.
bend stem
Attach stems to the two daisies.
attach stems

Place the daisies onto the background.
place daisies
Thank you for following along, and please feel welcome to post your result in the comments. I'll be looking forward to seeing it!
In this tutorial, you learned how to create beautiful photo-realistic daisies using the Mesh Tool.


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