This project was almost the death of me. It made me so anxious, and I think it must be the perfectionist in me. It was really hard to figure out what I wanted to do, how I wanted to do it and I restarted about four to five times on a new watch each time. Here is my process and hopefully it doesn’t make you as anxious as it made me!
I started by sketching the watches and I really enjoyed getting to think about what I wanted to do. I sketched these watches before even looking at ones online. I enjoyed coming up with my own renditions. I know that Brother Kerr has a rule about sketching- sketch for 5 to 7 seconds and then move on- but for this one, I wanted to get into the details. I wanted to think it out before I looked at more realistic watches. I had fun and it made me think about which direction I wanted to go.
Before I looked at watches online, I attempted to create it on Illustrator. All I have to say is that my first attempt at the watch was not very successful. I got the basic shape but I really hated the highlights and the band. it didn’t look realistic at all. After this attempt, I then looked online for realistic examples.
When I searched for watches online and attempted multiple styles, I finally found two watches that I would later combine. I liked the band and the color of the first and the watch face style of the second. I also wanted to add my own twist to it. I wanted to turn it into a watch that I would wear.
I put the shape together and once i did that, I fel like everything started coming together. I knew where I wanted the highlights. I knew where I wanted the shadows. I likes making the band look like it bent with the “light” that I added.
I am excited with how it turned out. I know it isn’t perfect, but I am proud of what I finally accomplished. My hard work, patience, anxiety and stress all paid off. I am grateful for this process and I am happy with what I did. I wish I had even more time, but I really liked adding those final touches and feeling accomplished. But I am so proud. It’s about time!