Mini Blog 2: Drawing with Illustrator
Although illustrator can be intimidating for new bees, it is actually simple and easy to use. I first learned it as a hobby by watching few tutorials and then navigating on my own through trail and error. Gradually I developed a love relation with this software, so I was extremely happy that the miniblog task this time was focused on illustrator.
Our class was tasked with redrawing an object or interior using the pen tool. For those who want to learn about this marvellous tool or practice more on it, I recommend that you try this fun pen tool game by adobe.
To get started on the task, I used the photography techniques that I learned from the previous photography task to take this photo. I picked the apple and the pear as my main objects that I want to vector in illustrator.
For retracing the objects, I used the pen tool to create the basic shapes and outlines. Then I coloured them using the mesh tool. Although I love simple and flat design, I wanted to create something with 3D feel or dimension. Thus, I focused on adding shadows and highlights to create that feel. Finally, I added some texture to add that marble or glassy feel to the objects. You can see the process in the images below.
This is the outline in more detail
This is the final vector
Finally, I adjusted the image in Lightroom to make the vectored apple and pear pop out from the surrounding.