Saturday, January 9, 2010

gradient mesh: never again...

T cell migration and development in the thymus
Illustration based on research by Dr. Zuniga-Pflucker at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute
[Adobe Illustrator CS4]

i finally finished the Illustrator version of my immunology sketch from a while ago. i spent a good chunk of my winter holiday on it, but i wouldn't have been able to complete it if we didn't get an extension!

As painful as this project was, it really forced me to sit down and come to terms with Illustrator. i found that working on Illustrator requires a lot of thinking - there was more problem solving and trouble-shooting involved than any other drawing program i've used. i will probably never use gradient mesh like this ever again, considering it was really inefficient and colour changes were pretty much impossible once the mesh was down (besides redoing it). But i will admit there are aspects of this program i do like, and i can definitely see the value of vector vs. raster artwork.

Oh and here is my illustration in Outline Mode, as my colleagues seemed to get a kick out of it. :D

Now that first term is officially over...
Digital tools we'll be using this term: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Cinema4D
i am excited :)!