Kris Cave

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Vintage Czech Matchbox Art

My Goals

I'm a motion graphics artist who grew up teaching myself photography, photoshop, motion graphics, and now I'm trying to learn Illustrator. I've only recently started using Illustrator to get the best of After Effects by utilizing the vector images and layering. Coming from a Photoshop background, this has been an interesting experience trying to relearn the shortcuts, etc.

The Project

Anyway! For this project I found this vintage Czech matchbox art to help me get acquainted with the interface.

Czech Matchbox Art 

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Update 1:

I got pretty comfortable breaking down shapes and using Pathfinder to subtract paths from one another.

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Update 2:

Found some typefaces that match pretty close for the bottom and left text. I then recreated the top logo with the pen tool and pathfinder. Next up I'm going to try some gradients and textures, even though I'm not sure how gradients will look with this. I'm a fan of vector shadows, so I may try a version with that as well.

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Update 3:

Tried adding some various gradients and texture. I'm not sure if I'm just not a fan of gradients or if I haven't grasped the concept of using them tastefully (probably both), but I'm not too thrilled with how this one turned out. For my next/last update. I'm going to try some vector shadows that are more my style in there.

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Update 4:

Tried the vector/hard shadows route. This feels a little better to me. Got the hang of clipping masks since for some reason I couldn't use the Pathfinder on a text layer, even after expending the text layer. That's probably an oversight on my part, but the clipping mask seemed like a better option for this anyway.

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Final Overview:

Overall this was a great course that helped my understanding of Illustrator and how it works immensely. I'm looking forward to utilizing this knowledge to more classes and projects in design and animation. Thank you!

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