Go to Behance.net & set creative fields by 'Illustration'. Select a portfolio or image for your free response.
Select a portrait from the 'Vector Portrait' presentation as your free response image of the day.
Part 1: Practice
Part 2: Vector Fruit or Veggie
Now that you have a basic understanding of the pen tool, you will create an illustration of a fruit or vegetable to apply your Pen Tool skills.
Final Project: Vector self Portrait
Using Illustrator you will create a self-portrait using vector tools. You can use a photograph as a basis for your artwork. Consider drawing from a photograph & then scanning the sketch as the basis of your illustration or using Photoshop to alter or distort your photograph.
To complete this project you will determine a method and create your own illustrative style to create your original work of art. You may trace the photograph or create your portrait based off of a drawing you make from an image... remember the more you change the image the more original it will be.
The process of going from drawing to Vector Illustration - Putting it all together
Here are some tutorials to get you started, they vary in degrees of difficulty so pick a method you think you will be successful in completing.
Tools you may want to use to alter your photo first:
Posterizing an image
Levels to add contrast
Levels to add Contrast 2
Keep in mind you should make mistakes along the way... that is normal, just go back a few steps and try again or 'make it work!'
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