The first thing I decided to do was some research on bikes and what kind of bike I would like to use as a reference. I decided that not only research but sketching would help too.
After sketching I decided to start creating my bike in Illustrator. I began with the wheel first. I started out with the tires, then the trim. After I worked on the spokes and getting them in the right place. Then I worked on the chain. My last piece to the project was the frame of the bike and seat.
Overall this project was a little more difficult than the watch I had completed below. The shadows were a little frustrating. I could see some more work that could be done to the bike.
I began sketching but couldn’t quite get all the detail down that I wanted to portray in my actual work. I sketched two different watches and began pick and choose what I wanted to incorporate in my timepiece.
Each process shown below took 3 hours each to complete. I chose to only use shapes and to create my own shadows I used a blur called Gaussian. I used the base watch as a Michael Kors watch, but changed the band, dial, shadows on the numbers, and shadows overall on the watch. Before I began I created the layers I would need in order to keep everything organized in Illustrator.
The Minute, Second, and Hour Hand
Numbers and Shadows
Part 2: The next part I chose to do for my watch were the numbers. I picked the number from numerous watches but created my own drop shadows and highlights.
Face of the Watch
Part 3: After I had the numbers and the hands made I wanted to create the face of the watch. I found this a little easier. I created numerous circles that layered on top of each other with different opacities, colors, and gradients. I think moved the hands and numbers on the watch as well as the brand name I typed out. I type the name out twice, using on as a drop shadow by changing the colors and arranging it to “Send To Back”.
Part 4: I saved the watch and began working on the dial. I wanted the dial to look realistic, so I found a couple watches that I could reference back to. I zoomed in really close and made lots of rectangles overlapping each other in opacity and colors. I then took a circle and cut it in have to for the outside and the inside of the dial, attaching this to the watch I had just made above.
Creating the Band
Part 5: The final touch to the watch was the band. I couldn’t figure out which band I wanted to do so I trusted my instinct and began making my own. I used the same shadows that were portrayed in the watch so the watch looked in sync. For the links I used the gradient tool, messing with the difference shadows and highlights I could create as well as the opacity.
Part 6: The last part of the process was putting together the final piece! I received feed back that I should work and focus more on the actual face of the watch and creating those highlights when the light hits the the glass cover of the watch.
This project took approximately 15 hours to complete not including the research and sketches. With practice I believe I can create something like this quicker but just as well done. Overall I am very pleased with the way my watch turned out!
Date 10. 07. 2015
Mountains Icon Set
I wanted to go with a “wilderness” theme for this type of project. This is something that I love and have a passion for. As I was sketching, I came across a few different ideas but still wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on. Below are my sketches.
After submitting my sketches to my other classmates and conversing with them, I decided to go more with a mountain theme than a wilderness or camping theme. I began brainstorming more on what I could do and decided that I only wanted to incorporate triangles and circles. After talking with a fellow classmate, I was inspired to design these mountain icons.
I had only done 9 for my first process and really focused on making all the mountains in sync with each other. I liked the idea of the shadows to go along with some of the mountains but decided not to do that effect to all of them. I wanted to keep the triangles repeated throughout the whole design. I had to explore different types of effects on illustrator to come up with a lot of these mountains, and I also had play with the white arrow tool.
I designed three more mountains to go along with the nine i had produced earlier that week.
Really happy with the way these icons turned out I chose a mountain color scheme that I could use for the icons. The split complimentary color scheme includes 6 different colors. Three of which are more pastel than the others.
I am very satisfied with how my Icons have turned out. This process took a lot of trial and error but I am very happy with the outcome. I hope you enjoy!