My goal in this project was to make a watch look as realistic as I could. The first thing I took on was the metal of the watch. The most important thing I found in the metal work was to make sure the contrasting dark and light colors were there. When I first looked at it I would have never put an almost black shade in the watch, but after studying each shade in the metal I was able to see I needed not only the bright, almost white highlight, but also the contrasting dark.
To get the metallic work, I used a gradient mesh map. This allowed me to bend the gradient and add shapes into the metal.
Then came time to tackle the band. This was definitely a challenge. I started by creating many, many, shapes and then adding color to them one by one. This was when I figured out I could get the same look without stressing my illustrator out with the pattern tool.
I used the pattern tool to create my band, and then I used a gradient overlay to add shine and depth.
So what one is the vector?
Here you can see the watch on the left is the photo and the right is my rendition of it.
This project allowed me to play with and explore new facets of Illustrator and pushed me outside of my usual style.