Step 1Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to draw the shape shown below. Change the radius of the corners by holding the up or down arrow while you draw the shape.
Step 2Overlap the rounded rectangle shape with another rectangle. In the Pathfinder select Subtract from Shape Area followed by clicking Expand.
Step 3This is the shape you’ll be left with. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to adjust the bottom two points if you need to make your shape taller.
Step 4Draw another rounded rectangle for the base of the popsicle. Make sure the corners are rounded enough, as shown below, which gives the popsicle a fuller look.
Step 5Layer the two shapes on top of each other. Ensure that the base is the same width as the top part of the popsicle. To make the stick simply copy and paste the top part of the popsicle and rotate or reflect the orientation so it’s upside down.
Step 6Give the stick a subtle gradient. Select all of the objects and click Horizontal Align Center in the Align Palette.
Step 7Duplicate the stick and give it a subtly darker gradient.
Step 8It’s easy to give the popsicle realistic shadows and highlights using a few simple shapes. Using the Pen Tool (P) draw the tall white shape as shown below. Ensure that your shape overlaps into the base of the popsicle, this way your shadow or highlight will definitely cover the whole top area of the popsicle.
Step 9In the Transparency Palette select Multiply and change the Opacity to about 60%.
Step 10Go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur… Enter a number that looks good to you and click OK.
Step 11Repeat the last 3 steps to make other shadows and highlights. When making highlights, leave the blend on Normal and the Opacity at 100% in the Transparency Palette.
Step 12To make a highlight for the bottom edge we’ll first duplicate the shape and make another copy slightly higher than the other. In the Pathfinder Palette select Subtract from Shape Area followed by clicking Expand.
Step 13Here’s the shape you’ll be left with.
Step 14Give this shape a blur and place it at the bottom edge of the popsicle.
Step 15Give the base a gradient so it looks as though the bottom is in shadow.
Step 16Small details go a long way. Add a subtle inner glow to the bottom of the popsicle by going to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow… Next to Mode select Multiply, change the Opacity to about 25 and select a Blur that looks good to you. You can also select a color more similar to your popsicle color (but a little darker) to help the shadow blend even more, then click OK.
Step 17Select the stick and base and bring them to the front of all the other elements by going to Object > Arrange > Bring to Front.
Step 18Here’s what your illustration should look like right now.
Step 19We’ll add a whimsical bite detail by first drawing a few circles using the Ellipse Tool (L).
Step 20Use the Pathfinder to merge the shapes by selecting Add to Shape Area followed by clicking Expand.
Step 21Place the oval shape over the top edge of the popsicle. Select the oval shape and only the top part of the popsicle, then select Subtract from Shape Area, followed by clicking Expand in the Pathfinder Palette.
Step 22This is what you’ll be left with.
Note: Make sure you only select the two shapes in the prior step or your result will not look like this.
Step 23Using the Ellipse Tool to draw an ellipse and give it a simple gradient that is darker at the center.
Step 24Place the ellipse behind the popsicle and rotate it slightly to fit the curvature of the popsicle’s edge.
Step 25Next we’ll make a drop shadow for the main part of the popsicle. Copy and paste the shapes shown below. Select the shapes and in the Pathfinder Palette select Add to Shape Area followed by clicking Expand.
Step 26This is what you’ll be left with. This shape will fit perfectly behind the popsicle.
Step 27Give the shape a drop shadow by going to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow… Leave your X and Y Offset at 0 and change the Blur to whatever you like. Click OK.
Step 28Move the shadow behind the popsicle.
Step 29Next we’ll make a reflection. Draw an arbitrary shape over part of the popsicle.
Step 30Copy and paste the shapes shown below before you proceed, this way you’ll be certain that you won’t mess up or loose any of the work you’ve already done. Select the two shapes below and click Intersect Shape Areas followed by clicking Expand.
Step 31Now you have a perfectly trimmed highlight that you can place over the popsicle.
In order for the next steps to work you must use black and white (and not color) as indicated. Give the highlight a white fill. With the highlight selected in your document, go to the Transparency Palette and double-click the area highlighted in yellow.