Vector Self Portraits

Both today and Tuesday, Steve taught us to use both photoshop and illustrator to create self portraits in the form of vector drawings. On Tuesday we were using photoshop.
At first I found it extremely difficult to get my head around the pen tool, however once I had got used to it, I was surprised how quickly I could produce something that I was really proud of.

Steves photo 2
This is the original photo which I worked from.

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The final outcome

I used several layers, one for each part of the drawing, for example one for each of the lips, teeth and gums and this helped me to keep track of what order everything was in.
I find the colour picker tool extremely extremely useful for this sort of work and was surprised at some of the colours that it came up with, for example the the whites of the eyes aren’t actually white, but are more of a yellow/grey colour. This tool allowed the portrait to look more realistic because it prevented an exaggeration of colour.

Today we were using illustrator. I assumed that this would have been easier to create a portrait because of the tools available, however I actually found it a lot harder and that it took a lot longer. Some people found it easier to work with illustrator though and this shows how some people prefer different programs to others.

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 12.17.15

Although it is unfinished and I found it a lot harder than the portrait on Photoshop, I am pleased with what I achieved and really like the sketchy, more hand drawn effect this technique gives.

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