Self Portrait Tutorial
You asked for a lo-poly portrait and I've done. :)
Sure, is a very complex and time-consuming process. I promise you that this is the best way I found to do it, even considering the time that it takes, I think is the best way to have this quality.
Good luck doing is and feel free for post any doubt in the comments!
You don’t need to be an expert in Illustrator or Photoshop to follow this tutorial, as long as you have a good eye – and a good amount of patience. You can watch a video of the creative process of designing a low-poly portrait detailed in this tutorial below.
For this tutorial, I decided to create a self portrait, so I requested a little help from a friend of mine to get the shots. Important tips here are to use perspective to show depth, have a good variance of light and shadow, and try to ensure your model has some hard-edged accessories that will contrast with the softness of skin and clothing (such like glasses, jewellery or a starched collar).
Then open a new document on Photoshop with a black background, and place each of the elements on separate layers.
Erase the unnecessary parts and make a collage of the parts you’ve selected – using masks and blending modes to bring them all together.
You don’t have to stick completely to the reality of the photos – you want to create a reference photo that’s as handsome as I am. For example, I wasn’t liking the way the glasses’ arm was sitting on my ear, so I extended it. I also changed some parts of my hair that weren’t very interesting.
There’s no secret trick to this – you need to do it by hand. Why? Because your brain is better than any script or automated process at determining the contours of the face.
Use a light colour that contrasts with the portrait. I prefer blue or green, since these are are two colours your subject probably hasn’t got in his or her face (unless they have a tattoo of a praying mantis on their neck).