Step 13 To add extra highlights to the fish, use the Pen tool (P) to draw a blue shape, repeat the Mesh tool method and fill the middle anchor point with white colour. Finally, change the blending mode to Lighten.
Copy and paste the Koi carp to different areas and vary their size and rotation. Use the layer stack to place them in front and behind the water.
Step 14 We’re almost there, so lets add in the glass now. Use the Pen tool (P) to draw the outline of a glass with a stroke weight of about 3pt.
Step 15 Finally, duplicate the glass object but close the path, and fill it with dark grey. Use the Mesh tool (U) to add a few anchor points. Change the colour of some of the anchor points to white.
Next, change the blending mode to Screen and set the opacity to 69%. Save this as a new layer at the top of the stack. I’ve included some additional elements in my finished design – fruit slices and ice – so why not add your own touches?
Who: Originally from China, London-based creative designer and illustrator Jing makes her living by doing things she loves. She works for clients including Lonely Planet, Ford, Osiris and more.
Software: Adobe Illustrator CS5
Time to complete: 2-3 hours