It’s Monday morning and time to reveal my Adobe Illustrator Vector portrait of Lou Reed that I will be turning in tomorrow. I began by converting the source photo to pure Black and White using my “RGB replace color” technique on the image. (you must convert a grey-scale image to RGB to use my technique).
I then did a Live Trace on the Black and White extreme photo.
The funny thing about Live trace is that it is NEVER 1 compound path. This can be advantageous. As the main point of the assignment was to learn the pen tool, I kept stripping away Vector layers until only the base outline layer remained.
This provided a template for me to practice my pen tool skills. The result is shown below.
I liked the simplicity of the portrait, but wanted to provide that extra edge that only detail can bring to a piece. I took one of my original photos of the Pearl district in neighboring Portland, Oregon and converted it to Live trace. I love the way it provides certain “phsycic lines” that hint at the other lens of the glasses, the left chin, and the shirt (I tweaked a few vectors, natch). As the portrait was to be 8″ x 10″, I added the text over the bottom. The featured version (shown at the very top), is an “11 x 17” done subsequently to feature the entire background. I hope instructor Damien Gilley will enjoy it. What do you think?