Here is what I started out with as a draft. To my surprise, I was able to work and create a face of gradients better than I expected to. What really got me was making a photorealistic watch band. Later, you will see that I was able to get gradients on the band to make it look more realistic.
I own this watch and thought it would really cool to make a vector out of it. So this is what I used as my photo reference throughout my project. I really tried to make the shading right and the lighting similar to what is shown here.
This is my final draft. I am fairly happy with it. I know that if we look at it up close, we will see that it is not a real photo. But, from a normal distance, it is very believable to be photorealistic. I want to work more on creating a realistic band, because I know I can do better!
There is always room for improvement, right?