Create a vibrant space illustration in Adobe Illustrator CC

Exploring space gives us significance
And makes us part of a cosmic cycle
Takes us beyond our own life

Hi everybody, in today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to draw trendy Space illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. Let’s start.

New document

Start with the 1920x1080px new document.


To draw Universe, grab an ellipse tool and draw a 915px circle. Navigate to the gradient panel. Change type to radial and apply four colors as the gradient stops (left to right):

  1. #33206d
  2. #832e84
  3. #dd4391
  4. #452979

Create a universe


Draw a circle at 400px width and height using the Ellipse Tool. Apply the Linear Gradient and add two more colors to the gradient slider:

  1. #FFb689
  2. #F05088
  3. #5d2369
  4. #423471

Distribute the gradient from the top-left to the bottom-right with the gradient tool (G).

planet circle

Planet’s ring

To draw a Saturn’s ring, which was first discovered by Galileo in 1610, grab the Ellipse Tool again. This time, you need to draw a 500×190 px ellipse with no Fill and with a Stroke Weight of 15px.

Navigate to the Gradient Panel and set 4-point gradient:

  1. #e8982b
  2. #F04349
  3. #dd4391
  4. #452979

Select the “Gradient along stroke” option.

Ring around saturn

Create an outline going to Object>Path>Outline stroke. Make a duplicate of the planet. Select both ring and planet’s duplicate and slice a part of the ring with Shape Builder tool.

Slice part of the ring

Casting shadow

Make a duplicate of the ring using Ctrl+C & Ctrl+B. Set the Fill Color to the Solid Grey (#dbdbdb). Changle the blending mode to the “Multiply”.

Watch also: How to Create a Geometric Wordmark in Adobe Illustrator.

Comets with the blend tool

To create a comet, start with the 200px circle. Sample the gradient from the ring using the Eyedropper Tool  and align it from the top to the bottom using Gradient tool.

Create another circle with the size of 40px. Set the “Opacity” to 0%, Fill Color to #FFF (white).

Select both circles and make a blend of these parameters:

  1. Spacing – “Specified distance“.
  2. Distance: 0.3pt

Create comet with the blend tool

Check my previous blend tutorials here.

Create a Space Dust

When the universe was only 700 million years old, some of its galaxies were already filled with lots of dust

To create a space dust, double click at the Pencil Tool icon to open the Pencil Tool Dialog Box. Set the “Fidelity” to “Smooth” and create a wavy shape in the middle of the universe.

create a space dust

Make a duplicate of the universe and select both universe circle and wavy shape. Head over the Pathfinder Panel and select the “Minus front” command create a circle with the wavy hole inside. Reduce the Opacity of this circle to 30%.

Create space dust

Following the same technique create two more cloudy circles. Reduce their Opacity to the 50%.

Select all three shapes and make a group using the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+G. Navigate to the Transparency panel and click the Make mask button. Enter the mask isolation mode clicking on the black square nearby.

Create a 915px circle and apply a default Radial Gradient. Leave the isolation mode.

Create opacity mask

Create a distant planet

To create the distant planet, start with the 100px circle. Apply the Linear Gradient to the Fill and click on the Gradient Slider to add one more Gradient Stop in the middle. Apply these values as colors of the Gradient Stops (from the top-left to bottom-right):

  1. #74cddb
  2. #4a77bb
  3. #423471

Distant planet in Adobe Illustrator

Set the Opacity to the 50% and apply a 5px feather going to Effect>Stylize>Feather...

Well done. You’ve ended with this tutorial. Do not forget to post your result in the comments and grab my super-helpful course on symbols in Adobe Illustrator.

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