I am designing a menu for a sushi bar and i am inspired by their wall patterns and i wanted to emulate the pattern to the front and back cover of the menu. I redid the shapes on illustrator but i am having a hard time bringing the vector to life. I want to be able to make the vector look 3d and for the shadows and lighting to show. I am new 2 illustrator and im not sure if its possible. Or would i have to design the vector in another program? like cinema 4d or photoshop? thanks alot for the help guys!

here are the pictures. vector image

Pattern i want to emulate

  • Try to make a Gradient mesh
    – Joonas
    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:06
  • although for just starting in Illustrator, that pattern is impressive! Complex shadow effects are still better done in Photoshop.
    – Alith7
    Aug 10, 2016 at 20:14

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as a quick play, I took your image of the wall, cropped it down, and applied it as a "soft light" overlay of your dark blue color:

wall graphic This was in Photoshop, probably your best/easiest way to replicate without pulling your hair out. Since the wall panels are, well, panels, you could crop down the image to one tile and use it as a repeating image to make the background, or just use something similar to what is above. The different angles on the panels make for a very pleasing background, IMHO.

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