I love looking at other ideas when it comes to picking a topic. I used mainly Pinterest and a basic Google Image search to look up all sorts of watches and styles that I might want to sketch out. I found one that I really like that I based my sketch off of. It was a really small image, but I just needed something to reference to when sketching mine.
For my sketches I took my favorite watch and really sketched out some details. I wanted to plan as much as I could, even though sketches don’t help me as much as when I am actually designing. I also sketched out some other ideas for watches that I had as well. From here I determined which watch I wanted to do, and started designing it. You can see my sketches below.
I took my main sketch (the top half) and started to vectorize it. I started with the larger elements, and started working smaller. I actually got pretty involved with vectorizing my watch, and my first draft ended up being pretty close to how the final is. You can see this draft below.
I posted this draft in both weeks of the discussion board and gathered different feedback. The most helpful ones mentioned that my gradients, especially on the face of the watch, were off and needed to be fixed. I met with the TA, Chance, and asked her how I could get that to look more realistic so my watch looked more like slightly rounded glass. She helped me fix that, and you can see that on my final version. They didn’t give me any other feedback besides on the face of the watch.
The final watch I was pleased with! The first thing that I fixed was the gradients of the face of my watch. I also added two little black swoops to give a little bit of detail and design to the watch. I also changed a lot of my gradients to get the light to match, and to get the gradients to look more realistic. This project meets my objectives because I wanted it to look realistic, and I think I did a lot better than I normally do with that. My gradients and light sources and shadows are all similar and work together. I also wanted it to be gender neutral as far as the watch design and feel goes, and I feel I accomplished that. My final watch can be found below.