This Geometric Portrait, or Low Fidelity Portrait, was an exercise in furthering my knowledge of Adobe Illustrator tools and features. The tools and features that this project focused on were the pen tool, gradient tool, eyedropper tool, layers panel, and the expand command.
The process of this project was simple in steps but required an extreme attention to detail. First, I chose a photo with an interesting composition. Then, created the lines that would later be filled with color. This process was done by following the areas of light and shadow across my photo. I chose to do more organic shapes opposed to triangles to achieve a more life-like appearance on the face. I chose to create larger, more jagged shapes across my hair to establish a stark contrast between the two areas. The next step was to expand the fill of all my shapes to make all the lines hopefully line up.
Now, by using the eyedropper tool I was able to fill each shape with a corresponding color by referencing my original photo. Through this process I found that there were a few instances where the points of my shape did not sign up, so I had to fix those individually. Finally, I added the blue gradient to the background of my portrait and the project was finished.
Throughout this project I was able to improve my skills in Adobe Illustrator as a whole. Specifically I learned how the expand command can really make a difference when filling in shapes created with the pen tool. This style of portrait is something I have wanted to learn to do for a long time, and I am extremely happy with how easy and fun it was to go through this process!