Illustrating Tomato

Illustrating Tomato

  • Software: Inkscape
  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Subject: Tomatoes

The other tutorial on painting a tomato has become quite popular and I have got quite a handful of request on how the approach would be for illustrating tomatoes. In this post, we will be looking at how to illustrate a tomatoes (or more than one) using a sketching program and Inkscape (or any other vector editors like Adobe Illustrator or Corel DRAW).


Illustrating Tomato - Sketch

Draw a sketch of the tomatoes and get it as a image file. You can either sketch it on paper and scan it in, or sketch it using a software. I used GIMP.

Basic Shape

Import the sketch into Inkscape.

Illustrating Tomato - Basic Shape - 1

Use the pen tool to mark out the rough shape of the different parts. Take care to correctly order the different shapes one above the other. This depends on how and from which angle have you sketched the different parts. Some of the parts may need to be split into more than one shapes when the interleave between other shapes.

Illustrating Tomato - Basic Shape - 2

After you have gotten them in proper order, you can then shape all the paths and then give them the basic flat color.

Illustrating Tomato - Basic Shape - 3


Illustrating Tomato - Details - 1

You can then bring the sketch above all the shapes, reduce its opacity and then start using it to outline the different parts, taking care of the inner details of each part.

Illustrating Tomato - Details - 2

As you mark out the different areas using the pen tool, shaping them, add fill colors to them.

Illustrating Tomato - Details - 3

Start giving in more details. Some shadow area may need special attention and you can put in some faint gradients. Do not over do this, if you want that ‘vectorized’ style.

Illustrating Tomato - Details - 4

After working on one part of the illustration, move on to the next. Smaller parts do not need a lot of steps from dark to light.

Illustrating Tomato - Details - 5

Also, if you do not want to bring in too much focus on some part, just leave it at two or three color steps.

Tomato Illustration

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  1. Will DeLoi’s avatar

    Nice work, I like the effect…looks like a “coutout as done with photoshop filters!


  2. Vyoma’s avatar

    Glad that you liked it, Will. Not really aware of that ‘cut out’ filter in Photoshop, will explore. :)


  3. pavansut’s avatar

    Excellent example!! Thanks for taking the time to write up this tutorial!


  4. Vyoma’s avatar

    You are welcome, Pavan!


  5. derach’s avatar

    nice tutorial for me.Thank you very much


  6. auke’s avatar

    seems more like a pepper to me

    still pwnage though


  7. mattdaem’s avatar

    pls explain to idiot&new user how do you make those black lines easily so lively — i mean they are not same thickness everywhere ! ?


  8. Vyoma’s avatar

    Well, mattdaem, there are no ‘black lines’ in the end product. If you observe from the first set of pictures, we just go about placing layer and layer, the smaller layers in front and the larger shapes behind.

    The last two at the very behind are almost identical, but for the slight difference that shows up as a ‘dark line’ with varying width. Since both shapes are created from bezier shapes, they come out ‘lively’. :)


  9. erik’s avatar


    What font you use in example ? How i made an line equal in up picture ?


  10. luke’s avatar

    hi hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii alsome tutorials


  11. brianna’s avatar

    lol peoples nice drawlings


  12. tashii’s avatar

    thanks for the tutorial, really good!


  13. foniz’s avatar

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to draw the Tamato. ^_^


  14. Keaton’s avatar

    Great tutorial, keep up the good work! Had some trouble figuring out what details to draw out and use gradients on but everything else was pretty easy to understand.



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