Illustrator Tutorial: Gradient Mesh Flower
i was looking at the gradient mesh flower tutorial on the spoongraphics blog site. the tutorial was very well done with 21 steps to just create a flower pedal. they use several tools starting with the pen tool, and they include the shortcuts (which are very helpful). when he started using the mesh tool i was very interested because I have never tried using that particular tool before. he also added shadow midtones chaning the CMYK values. the final piece, if you were to work that hard on each pedal and leaf was a very beautiful flower design that looks like it has a sharp light source coming from above.
one thing i found particularily interesting about jean tuttle’s studio page was her icons section, in particular the weather symbols. these and most of her other icons are very simple but still pleasing to the eye. the icon expressions are appealing as well and i enjoyed looking at them.
daniel pelavin’s illustrations are quite interesting and well designed. he uses a type of retro style with a funky color scheme. he also does a lot of lettering and typographical designs. two i like in particular is his “secial section opening page” and his “lower manhattan food festival” illustration.
spollen has a ton of illustrations on her blog site. one i liked in particular was “taking the bird census, for OnEarth magazine”. the color’s just jumped out at me with the blueish background and the colorful animals. this particular section of the site was michael sloan’s blue work where he uses blue, black, and white as his main colors.