How I did it: Vectorizing an image

posted on 18th of july, 2007

... in Illustrator.

Step 1
First, place a high-contrasted image (high-key image, in this case my model Iva into Illustrator work area.

Step 2
There is a bunch of tracing software and plug-ins out there, but for this example I decided to do tracing manually with pencil tool.

Step 3
Use your imagination, draw something that you imagine, not just what you see.

Step 4
In order to get a right side of the face copy+paste left half, mirror and join to get the full picture, and then draw an oval shape around.

Step 5
Make some basic elements like simple flowers, leaves, circles and stains.

Step 6
On the other hand, if you need this illustration for any purposes and don’t want to bother going through all this then get it here...


Comments (4)

Posted by Ejla on July 20, 2007
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with beginners
Posted by Bsilvia on July 20, 2007
Thanks :)
Posted by Magicart on July 19, 2007
Lovely work!
Posted by Catur on July 18, 2007
Thanks for the good tips you have here.
To me creating an illustrations is still hard, specially when we need to get our imagination involve on it.
by your post, i think it is nothing to lose to try once more. ;)
Great article.

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