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Creating Photo Inspired Vector Artwork in Illustrator
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Released Jun 1, 2011
Eddie Russell

Pluralsight

Eddie Russell
In this collection of lessons we will learn about the process of creating photo inspired vector artwork. We will begin this process by learning how to recognize and target shapes in a realistic form which we can recreate here in Illustrator. While beginning to target shapes, we will also learn how to use 3 of the tools in Illustrator for creating different types of vector shapes including the pen tool, the pencil tool and the blob brush. After we have gotten the hang of these 3 tools we will proceed in executing our illustration. Along the way we will learn about organizing our artwork, gradient workflows, as well as various methods for fitting shapes together.
Introduction and project overview
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Introduction and project overview

 
01:04
Image information and file setup
2

Image information and file setup

 
07:21
Basic shape construction with the pen tool
3

Basic shape construction with the pen tool

 
11:49
Basic shape construction with the pencil tool
4

Basic shape construction with the pencil tool

 
12:27
Fitting shapes together
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Fitting shapes together

 
12:16
Basic shape construction with the blob brush
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Basic shape construction with the blob brush

 
12:19
Focus on features: blocking in the eyes
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Focus on features: blocking in the eyes

 
10:48
Focus on features: detailing the eyes
8

Focus on features: detailing the eyes

 
10:46
Focus on features: finalizing the eyes
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Focus on features: finalizing the eyes

 
11:51
Focus on features: blocking in the nose
10

Focus on features: blocking in the nose

 
12:26
Focus on features: detailing the nose
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Focus on features: detailing the nose

 
11:07
Focus on features: finalizing the nose
12

Focus on features: finalizing the nose

 
12:57
Focus on features: blocking in the mouth
13

Focus on features: blocking in the mouth

 
12:18
Focus on Features: detailing and finishing the mouth
14

Focus on Features: detailing and finishing the mouth

 
15:22
Beginning to add shadows and highlights to the face
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Beginning to add shadows and highlights to the face

 
11:42
Continuing to add shadows and highlights to the face
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Continuing to add shadows and highlights to the face

 
12:17
Finishing the shadows and highlights for the face
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Finishing the shadows and highlights for the face

 
15:40
Blocking in the detail for the chest
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Blocking in the detail for the chest

 
10:37
Finalizing the details for the chest
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Finalizing the details for the chest

 
12:22
Beginning to create shadows and highlights for the hair
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Beginning to create shadows and highlights for the hair

 
13:25
Creating random wispy hairs
21

Creating random wispy hairs

 
05:23
Beginning to create the shadows in the shirt
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Beginning to create the shadows in the shirt

 
11:28
Creating a comic styled stroke around the pants
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Creating a comic styled stroke around the pants

 
07:04
Creating a texture for the brassiere
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Creating a texture for the brassiere

 
08:36
Finishing of the image with a background texture
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Finishing of the image with a background texture

 
03:27