Here we have my latest Illustrator creation. Something most of us see everyday…a hot and bubbly cup of joe.

Found this tutorial here.


Program: Adobe Illustrator (Vector)

Skills Learned/Used:

  1. Pen tool to create objects (cup, saucer, coffee)
  2. 3D effects (cup, saucer, handle) to reduce time spent on drawing the entire image.
  3. Gradient fills (coffee, bubbles, background)
  4. Shading effects (much more difficult using CS3 compared to CS5 in the tutorial)

Reflection: The main thing I learned on this piece was the power of 3D effects (and how they bog down this older iMac). It allows one to turn simple shapes (drawn with the pen tool) into a 3D image with a lighting effect. This useful tool could be utilized in a variety of way to cut down on “drawing” time.

From this:

*Apply revolve effect*

To this:

Summary: I was really happy with the way this turned out. Especially since I am working with software that is almost outdated. Some of the tools mentioned in the tutorial (which used CS5) were not available to me, so I had to improvise and explore to create similar effects. Good learning experience.

I have a few projects on the go. So we’ll see what I post next. I’m thinking the stylized portrait of my wife 🙂


What is Digital Art?

Digital Art is an expression like any other art, however, it is created using a medium that is “new” in historical terms. In Digital Art, the artist uses various simple or advanced software and hardware to create their message, as opposed to the more traditional art tools such as paints, canvas, paper, pencil, clay, etc.

Art does not simply refer to the tools used to create it. Art is about the vision, message, and emotion conveyed by the artist through any medium. Painting on a canvas is a medium through which artists may create art. Likewise, a computer is just a medium, or tool, through which an artist can express his vision of line, form, color, composition, and rhythm.

When the digital artist has mastery over the available tools and technologies (software, equipment, etc.) they can go beyond “taking a digital picture” or “applying an effect” and create art – an individual expression of their vision.