Crop It Like It’s Hot?

I’m a big believer in being a self-starter and learning things on my own. I don’t know if it’s an issue of pride or if it’s a curiosity to learn, but I love being able to find out things on my own and to teach myself. Over the last year I’ve taken a vector graphics class. I learned an incredible amount of information about Adobe Illustrator and my own creativity. There was lots I still had to learn about the software, so I have spent the rest of that time teaching myself Adobe Illustrator. It’s been a long process, but I’ve produced some of my favorite passion projects.

Here I used a photo of a wristwatch to create a vector watch. My goal was to create a watch that looked photorealistic and that had similarities to the reference photo. Through this I learned so much about looking at objects in a different way. I had to visualize each element of the watch that I wanted to create with special attention to shadows and light. The hardest aspect about this project was re-creating how the light and shadows worked together to make something realistic. Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out.

With some extra time I had, I decided to create another vector watch. I used the same principles and things I had learned about perspective and light to create this.


One of my favorite activities is watching movies. I am a BIG Disney fan and have always loved when they’ve created strong heroines to be the main character. When the Walt Disney Company announced they would be creating Moana I was ecstatic from the very beginning. Since its release, I wanted to create some vector graphics of one of my favorite Disney characters: Moana of Motunui. I love her development, the tug at the heartstrings moments throughout the movie, and the valuable lessons she learns through her journey. That served as the springboard of inspiration. In my design I incorporated her profile, a powerful, standalone phrase from the movie, and my love for the minimalistic approach to design.

Lastly, in another one of my passion projects, I wanted to create a t-shirt design. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to create a shirt that creatives would understand. I thought of cheesy puns and jokes I’ve heard over the years, and I finally thought of this. My inspiration came from watching Austenland. One of my favorite scenes from the movie comes from Keri Russell’s character. She’s asked to play a song on the piano and decides to play a phrase from Nelly’s “Hot In Here”. The song kept playing in my mind and soon other hip hop and rap songs came to my mind. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg came in my head and I envisioned a joke that could work for my vector t-shirt. Here’s the finished product all done in Adobe Illustrator.