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Mmmm Chemex


I am one of the many who drink way too much coffee on a daily basis. In my defense, I drink a lot of decaf! But, I love my Chemex coffee maker, so this seemed like a logical choice for my project. Not too difficult, not a lot of detail, but still a lot of areas for me to work on things that I'm unfamiliar with. 

I'm a newbie to Illustrator. I have been trying to get by with some free software, but I had a hard time finding information on how to use it. One of the most exciting things about upgrading to Photoshop and Illustrator is the amount of information and tutorials that are at my fingertips! I'm really enjoying this class, and my main goal is to learn methods I can then use on my original work (which is mostly hand lettered/hand drawn). 

This is the ad that I chose:


And here is my progress so far:


I have outlined most of the major shapes, and now I need to work on some of the smaller details. I've mostly been using the pen tool because it feels simpler, even though I know it may not be the quickest way. I know I need to use the elipse tool for the coffee beans though, because I don't want to take the time to draw them all with the pen tool. It will take some trial and error though to get the shapes right on them, because I am so unfamiliar with the warp options. Then I plan on using the pen tool on most of the type, since they're pretty big simple forms. But the "brew" I am going to hand draw and vectorize myself since it has unique detail.

Update 2/13/15

I have the main part of my ad finished, with just a few details left to do. I ended up using various methods on the type in my project. Instead of filling in with a pre-made font, I did one of three things, depending on the word.


I hand-lettered and vectorized the word "brew," which seemed like a good idea, since hand-lettering is what I work mostly in anyway. It was a pretty fun word to copy! For "more," I mostly used the shapes tool and that seemed to work best, but for the "m" I used the pen tool. I think the shapes tool probably would have been easier, but it was good trial and error. And I did almost the same thing for "coffee." I used the pen tool on the "c" and shapes for the rest. I can tell that it has less of an organic feel than the original, and I think that it was probably hand drawn instead of the way I'm doing it, but I think it looks really close!

All I have left to do are my coffee beans, background, and texture. 

I have also learned that I am really slow at this! But it is getting easier, and I'm getting a little faster at some things. For instance, "coffee" went way faster for me than "more" did, so that's encouraging.

Update 2/14/15

I am almost finished with my ad! The only thing left to do is texture, and I have one that I think might do the trick, but I just have to figure out how to use it. Maybe bring it in as a new layer? Because when I tried the first time, it stuck it behind my work and wouldn't let me bring to the front. But here is where I am now. I'm pretty happy with it!

What do you think?


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