I. The objective of this study was to recreate a realistic time piece. I was given the option to recreate a time piece of my choice whether it was a watch that I owned or one online.

II.  Brainstorming: This was one of the most challenging steps I went through. For days I was not able to find a watch that inspired me and so I began brainstorming on paper. I knew I wanted to create a watch that represented who I was as a designer but also a creative and so I thought about creating a vintage watch.

III. Decisions: After much brainstorming, I continued to search for watches online because I didn’t own any myself. After a few hours I came across the “Bird Repeater” by Jaquet Droz and I was impressed by the amount of the detail on the watch. I continued searching for different angles of the watch and I fell in love with all of them. Now I had two options to choose from regarding the perspective of the watch. I knew regardless of my choices, they both would be a miracle to create.

Here were my options:

At last, I decided to move forward with the right. Although it is very complex, I wanted to invest my time in something that I was visually more attracted to.

VI. Shapes: I first began my draft by outlining my shapes. There are a number of spheres in this design and so I recreated all of shapes as accurately as I could so I can have a solid foundation before coloring. I decided to use different colors to differentiate my layers which was really helpful especially since I was not creating a flat illustration.

V .Coloring: Through this process, I have been learning the importance of shapes. Before adding detail, I would try using the blob tool for all of the shapes. Bad Idea. Later, I discovered how the blob tool is not recognized as a shape in Illustrator and how I needed to wrap around the idea of using shapes. This was the second hardest step in creating this watch. I was stubborn to understand this concept, but once I did, I understood why this concept was so important.


VI. Details: After spending hours on this watch, I considered using a different face for this project. However, I later changed my mind when I thought about how much more I can learn about Adobe Illustrator if I invested more time on this project. I first began with the largest objects on the face and then moved outward. After creating the 2 birds on the face, I was more confident I was able to complete the watch. Each bird took 2 hours to create.


VII. Final: This is my final time-piece for this project. After spending hours adding details and refining my shapes, I finally completed my vector watch.

 “Bird Repeater” by Jaquet Droz                                                                

  “Aribird” by Ariana Cedillo






Ariana Cedillo

Video Director at Soapbox Agency
Ariana Cedillo is currently earning her degree in communications at Brigham Young University-Idaho with a visual emphasis and a module in video production. She enjoys everything from 2D art to 3D. Visit www.arianacedillo.com to learn more!

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