Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - student project

What a fun project! I loved learning a new way to make textures and implement them in Photoshop. 

I'm a freelance graphic designer and picked my 5 tools of the trade to be my computer (of course), coffee (always), my Leuchtturm 1917 notebook (essential!), iPhone with music playing, and a watercolor set (more representative of whatever physical crafty thing I may be working on). 

Here is the sketch I choose to work from:

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - image 1 - student project

Here are the textures I made:

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - image 2 - student project

I really struggled with the coffee! I had a plate underneath it (see below) and just couldn't figure out how to shadow and add texture well! Eventually, I realized that I don't need a plate, lol. Once I got rid of it, I think it looks way more realistic.

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - image 3 - student project

Here is my final project and a couple closeups highlighting my favorite work!

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - image 4 - student project

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - image 5 - student project

Tools of the Trade - Freelance Graphic Design - image 6 - student project

I want to mess around with the background color. It still looks a little too flat, I think. 

Thank you so much for the awesome class, Tom!

Laurie Thomas
designer of a graphic sort