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Creating Photo Inspired Vector Artwork in Illustrator
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Released Oct 15, 2015
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this Illustrator tutorial, we’ll learn how to use a photograph as the basis for a portrait created entirely with vector shapes and effects.

We begin by blocking out the main shapes and then building upon those with shadows and highlights. We’ll learn how to discern what shapes to draw exactly the same as the photo and which ones can have a little more artistic liberty while still capturing the portrait.

We learn how to define certain features not with lines but with shades shapes and shadows. We’ll also learn how certain tools and effects within Illustrator make our job easier and give us the ability to edit them as much as we want.

By the end of this Illustrator training, you’ll know how to overcome the challenges of translating a photo to a portrait and you’ll have the ability to make your own vector portraits from photographs.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:06
Discerning the major shapes
2

Discerning the major shapes

 
10:07
Highlighting and shadowing the face
3

Highlighting and shadowing the face

 
12:51
Continuing to add shadow to the face
4

Continuing to add shadow to the face

 
12:10
Creating the eyes from simple shapes
5

Creating the eyes from simple shapes

 
13:46
Finishing the other eye
6

Finishing the other eye

 
05:54
Effectively rendering mouths
7

Effectively rendering mouths

 
14:47
Working on the neck and arms
8

Working on the neck and arms

 
10:43
Detailing the hair with strokes and the width tool
9

Detailing the hair with strokes and the width tool

 
10:13
Finishing the hair details
10

Finishing the hair details

 
12:17
Creating the ear and jewelry
11

Creating the ear and jewelry

 
12:21
Building the shirt
12

Building the shirt

 
13:28
Adding the background
13

Adding the background

 
03:22