Our objective was to create a photo realistic vector timepiece only using illustrator. This turned out to be a very difficult task for me. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but it turned out to be more than I realized. Here is my process of how I ended up with my photo realistic vector watch. And yes, I only used Adobe Illustrator.

And let the sketching begin!

As always, I start in my sketch book. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I ended up just searching for inspiration and sketched anything that I thought would be fun to re-create. This process not only helped me figure out what timepiece I wanted to do, but it also helped me see what shapes made things look the way they did. After sketching and finding my reference photo, it was time to jump into Illustrator.


First Draft

This was my first draft. I hadn’t added a ton of detail quite yet and re-creating the look of leather was a huge challenge. This was the closest texture I could find that was similar to leather. It was at this point I realized how difficult this project was going to be.

It’s all in the details.. 

The band was probably the hardest part for me to re-create. I tried all sorts of textures that Illustrator had to offer but in the end decided to just make my own. After going through various leather textures, I finally found one that came close to my reference picture. After some trial and error, I finally ended up with the correct texture and color I needed.


Here is the final product! This project really pushed me to my limits. I learned so much more about how we see things versus how things really are. To be honest, I could work on this project forever and I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with it, but that’s just me. Although, I am proud of how far I’ve come and how much I was able to learn over this whole process. This project defienetly helped me realize what I can do and what I can achieve, no matter how impossible it seems. 

Rachel Cottrell

Rachel Cottrell

Hello! I am a Graphic Design student at BYU-I, a health nut, and chocolate addict. I enjoy challenging the "impossible" and learning new things. I don't have a portfolio quite yet, but until then feel free to email me or check out the work I have on this site!
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