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Nina Simone portrait

Nina Simone Portrait

I have really been enjoying using Adobe Illustrator on the iPad Pro and wanted to create a portrait. Ive always been touched by Nina's voice and emotion and can honestly say her vice and sound drove my color choices. 
I mostly drew the shapes over a sketch with the pencil tool with smoothing turned most of  the way up. Some of the shapes needed more precision so I used the pen tool. Both are really different to use on the iPad, and get very natural feeling with just a little practice. 
I created the sketch in Adobe Fresco, as there are some great guide tools to quickly sketch out ideas, but with some room to be expressive and abstract. 
I also watched this great tutorial by Kendall Plant to start off with the basics and to get some inspiration in abstract minimalism. It's not easy for me. 
Nina Simone portrait