August 7, 2019

Crystal Reed 100% vector portrait


Haven't been posting for a while. Life kept me busy, staying alive mainly. Started a new project some time ago: a vector portrait of Crystal Reed who plays Sophia Falcone in the television series Gotham. 100% vectors, zero pixels. Created once more in Affinity Designer, no other program was used. Reference photo you find here. Below I post the progress sequence, which will be slow I suspect. Oldest stage at the bottom, newest at the top. Please bear with me as I complete this portrait, that for the time being is a work in progress.

The face' pores were created with custom brushes that I gave Gaussian blurs, transparencies and in some cases 3D fx. In some areas over- and underlays were placed that I gave custom fills, transparency and Gaussian blurs. All fx and strokes were given the property scale with object, so that the portrait can be re-scaled to any size without losing quality and crispness. This was all done using the mouse. The hair will be done with the Huion 610 Pro graphic tablet.

Tip: if you click on an image, you're taken to Google's Lightbox (which are slides basically) that allows you to scroll back and forth through the various stages, that makes it easier to compare the stage differences. On a PC you can use the scroll wheel to flick through the stages, on a tablet you must click the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen and on a smartphone the Lightbox is unfortunately not available.





This is what the portrait may look like when framed.




Now I have to put it away and not look
at it, before I apply the final touches . . .



Drawing the hair is tedious labour
as can be seen in this outline view.






Started detailing the hair Did this with the
mouse because the pen battery was dead.






Finally I got around to working on this vector portrait again.
Did subtle detailing on the pores and accents, the eyebrows
and increased the height of the portrait. After this I hope to
start on the detailing of the hair and her dress.




Outline view of the image above this one.






Colour testing




Stage 13 - hair background added




Stage 12 - accents, highlights, shadows & lip creases





Stage 11 - upper lip details




Stage 10 - accents highlights and shadows




Stage 9 - working on accents and shadows




Stage 8 - added some shadow backgrounds on right side of face




Stage 7 - fine tuning location and shape of face components




Stage 1 to 6 - setting up face components