Keurig Coffee Machine Mechanical Illustration

This was an exercise I did using the gradient meshes in illustrator to create a realistic illustration of the first and most important machine of the day. The finished vector illustration is suitable to be used for the cover of a printed instruction manual as well as online product shots.

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Creation process and challenges

The challenge was getting the rounded plastic top to look right and not too computer generated however, with my background in 3D, I found the gradient mesh to be easy to work with. The chrome and refracted water in the side tank were another challenge that I complete by using a combination of gradients as well as gradient mesh and freehand pen tool shapes.