Gradient Mesh Tool can be quite daunting to beginners. But once you have mastered the basics, you can start drawing realistic objects in Illustrator. I have compiled a list of helpful gradient mesh tutorials to help you get started with gradient mesh.
A neat tutorial with tips on creating a red bell pepper in this 12 page pdf using gradient mesh.
Basic tutorial on creating a leaf using gradient mesh.
Realistic cherries created using gradient mesh.
A useful trick for drawing realistic curtain folds using gradient mesh.
Drawing a fish illustration using gradient mesh by the Adobe Team.
A mini tutorial on drawing a vector portrait from a photography model.
Leo Blanchette has a very detailed tutorial on making a crayon using gradient mesh. He shows us the steps to turn a photo into a realistic gradient mesh crayon. Great for beginners!
Maple Leaf Illustration
Learn to create a maple leaf using gradient mesh and clipping mask.
Basic Rendering with Gradients
Master Kevin Hulsey is an expert in automotive and industrial cutaway illustration. He has a list of very useful tutorials for students in his website. He has also included a short tutorial on working with gradient mesh and gradients to create photorealistic drawings.
Photorealistic Veggie Drawing
Veerle has a very quick tutorial on create a simple veggie illustration using gradient mesh tool.
Step by step instructions and screenshots to create a realistic thumbdrive using gradient mesh.
WForrest provides some really useful tips and tricks on using gradient mesh. He shows us different methods of using gradient mesh to create the rings of a car.
Step by Step Illustration of Angel
Step by step screenshots by Ussa Methawittayakul how she created the Angel Illustration.