Illustrator Gradient Mesh Guitar

April 8, 2010 at 8:23 am (computer art, Digital Art, graphic design, Ilustrator) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Created With Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh

This guitar is 100% Vector

Here is another example of gradient Mesh, used to add a soft contoured gradient on the body of the guitar. Illustrator’s regular gradient tool would not be able to add this kind of contour and this is where gradient mesh comes to the rescue. First a mesh is carefully drawn using the gradient mesh tool (the tool in the toolbox that looks like a Spiderman web). If care is taken in the beginning to place the mesh lines, then afterwards, coloring the mesh is quite simple, using the lasso tool, white arrow tool and eyedropper.

Other Parts Created With Gradients And Pattern Textures

All the other parts of the guitar were created by tracing them with the pen tool, then adding numerous fills set to various Blending Modes via the Appearance Panel. Some of the fills were set to Pattern textures to give the appearance of wood texture, and texture on the abalone inlay bits and tuning pegs.

Art Brushes Used To Create Wood Grain

I drew brush strokes and added the Artistic / Charcoal / Rough brush to create the wood grain pattern on the body of the guitar. I experimented until I found the one that best mimicked the wood grain I wanted.

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3 Comments

  1. joeandrews said,

    Very nice work and an awesome guitar. Well done!!

    • galefraney said,

      Thanks Joe,

      I looked at your blog & Flickr photos, awesome !! I drooled at the image of the red truck, it’s exactly the kind of image that works so well with Illustrator’s gradient mesh and blends. Do you work with Illustrator? I saw a digital art set on your Flickr gallery.

      Cheers,

      Gale

  2. yakehl said,

    Hi Gale,

    We have a vector image that we need your help with. Do you have time for a small project? If interested, please contact me.

    Yvonne

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