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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Using the gradient mesh tool

Only a few more weeks of fall semester! Wow time sure does go fast. This semester I took Vector graphics I which is Adobe Illustrator. I also took the Intro to Digital Media which covers Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I'm still trying to decide what my next classes will be.

In my Illustrator class we are learning how to use the gradient mesh tool. It's amazing how realistic you can make your illustration look using this tool.

Here is an exercise that I did using this tool

This is the photo reference:
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And here is my digital rendering using the gradient mesh tool:

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I think the stem gives it away. I tried to fix the stem a little:)
This exercise was to prepare for the final project, a still life.

Here is a link to a series of GRADIENT MESH TUTORIALS

I had something exciting happen last week, I'll share on my next post...

4 comments:

iheartmotherhood said...

I know this doesn't belong here. But I can't seem to get your email button to work. I had a question about chalkboards. I was wondering if pastels (like, rembrant or NuPastel) clean off of the chalk boards as good as regular cheap chalk. I noticed you have some great paintings on the right side of your blog that look like pastel. But I wondered how easily it cleans off. Also, what do think is the best way to keep your chalkboards clean?

Michelle Saunderson said...

Amazing. I think that the color contrast on the stem is too much. I think that if you changed that one thing it would look exactly like the photo.

Cindy said...

I use artist chalk pastels to do my drawings on the chalkboards. All you have to do is wipe it off with a wet sponge or wet wipe. Sometimes it talks a few wipe downs to get it black again. Once you do it's as good as new:)
Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy said...

Thanks Michelle!
I took your advice and worked on the stem a little more. I added a few layers of effects to soften it and tone it down. I may have toned it down just a tad too much. Oh well, calling this one done!
Thank for stopping by! I see we're practically neighbors:)