This week I was challenged to create a photo-realistic timepiece using only the tools and mechanisms found inside Adobe Illustrator. All of what you see within the timepiece was created using a variety of shapes and gradients inside Adobe Illustrator.
Stage 1: Sketching
The first thing that had to be completed were the sketches. After picking a reference photo for my watch, I began drafting and quickly sketching out the different mechanisms and anatomy of the watch, such as the hands, the face, the rings, the straps, and the dials. I quickly learned that sketching would be the easy part. Anybody can "sketch" pieces of a watch when you have a reference photo. The hard part would be creating the shapes for the watch and designing the shapes to create a photo-realistic watch.
Step 2: Drafting
Creating the shapes for the watch was extremely difficult. What I thought would only be about 2 or 3 circles quickly transformed into dozens of different shapes of various sizes. There were three mains parts of the watch-- the straps, the face, and the hands. For the face I had to account every little groove, ringlet, and reflection that the reference watch had so that I could create realistic shadows on my vector. For the hands, I had to draw them out by hand on Illustrator and then add reflections so they matched the light source that reflected off the watch. After some time, the face and hands of the watch proved to be manageable. What came to be impossible were the leather straps, which I still struggle with to this day.
Step 3: Conclusion.
Although I have much to improve on, I believe that the outcome of my first timepiece is amazing as I remind myself that I am only a student 5 weeks into learning Adobe Illustrator. Although I can see where I need to work on, a part of me is excited to create a second timepiece project in the future. Until then, I am proud to present to you the completed version of my first timepiece watch.