Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a rail upright in Illustrator, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Amsterdam Mist, the Structures.
The, railings that we see in the foreground of Amsterdam is have these, little dividers in between here. Now these shapes here being fairly simple. It's a lot easier to create those using the features of Illustrator. So again, I'm going to switch over to Illustrator and show you how those were created. So what happens here. I'm going to zoom in a little closer here. So you can kind of get a good sense of, what's going to happen here. I'm going to go in here and with my pen tool, I'm going to bring out a guide for myself.
Put it right here in the center of the page. So that way, it gives me an idea of where things are. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go in and first I'm going to draw a long rectangle right here from the center out. All right, that's going to be that center space. So then, on either side of this, what I'm going to do is start to create the uprights, those two tubes. Now I'm only going to concern myself with one side. That's going to be about right here. I'm going to click, and come down here and click and drag. Now the dragging motion of course, as you know, is going to give me a curved point.
So what's going to happen then is, I'm going to Just about to about here click and drag. And then come down here and click. So there's the ending right. So what I'm going to do now is that I have this I'm going to go in there and do a little refining. So I'm going to take this bottom line here and just drag it up a little bit. Give me a little more room to play with, and I'm going to just give this a little more of a curve. That much more of a curve. So now, this is the thickness of my bar.
So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this guy right here, and I'm going to go ahead and flip it. So I come over here and say, Reflect. Using the reflector I'm going to place it right on that guide, and hold down my option key to give me the controls right there. And I'm going to say on the vertical, give me a copy. And that creates the other side. Okay? So now, now that I have that, I'm come down here and I'm going to connect the two. Let's get in real close so we see what's going to happen next. I'm going to go in there with my pen tool and I'm going to click on here, click and drag.
Bring out a point. Come over to this end. Click and drag. Make sure that those two down there are the exact same distance. Now if I want this to be a little flatter, because we're looking a little more straight on, what I can simply go in there and move these up. So the kind of match up in there we see less perspective. So then right here in this center guy what I'm going to do is I click on that bar not on the points but on the bar itself that crossbar and hit delete key. That line goes away so now I can take my pen tool and I'm going to click and drag them over and.
Click and drag and there you can see that now we have nice that curved area along the bottom. Now at anytime I can go in say select these two and bring them down about like that. And there we that, that kind of a nice effect. That might be a little too much. It starts to look like it gets too narrow there so we'll just leave it the way it is. And at the top what happens up here is I'm going to go in here and dump that top part and I'm going to select these two. I'm going to join them. So I go in there and say path, join and the same thing with these two, command J, join. So there we see that we have this one piece that's going to be the sides.
Now we have the base and those little, the little disks along the top, let's see those again. Again those are going to be done in Illustrator, so we'll look at them here there's these little disks as the ones down here. So what happens is we go back to illustrator and we'll create those, and we'll do it down here now I'm going to get my elliptical tool my rounded my elliptical tool it's going to give me a nice little circle kind of a thing put it right about the center. Of where this disk is down here and holding down my Option key to draw from the center out I'm going to click and drag out this little shape, this little ellipse just like that, okay? Now, I want to bring it down a little bit, I could do that, there it is.
So, now what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this one. And I'm going to click and drag it straight down. Just like that. Now I'm holding down my option and command key so it goes straight down, and shift key to make it perfectly straight down, and the command and option keys make copy of it. So, right there we have this little piece right there. So, what has, going to happen now is I'm going to take that second one I made and that center point and hit Delete. Get my pen tool, with my pen tool I'm going to click here, go straight up.
Click straight across to here click and straight down click. And there you can see that we have that little disc. So I'm going to just take both of these and make copies of them straight up. Way up to the top and I'll put one here and another one. There. Now, the top part is a whole another movie. So, now that we have that, go back and there you can see that we have one of the uprights. So, what we're going to do in the next movie is bring this into Photoshop and you can see how the textures were added and how this actually becomes this object in the uprights of the bridge.