Not long after the return, I decided to make a poster depicting our group and the epic journey we partake.
There are three different jobs I had, three months of depression, two lovers, one broken heart, one broken arm, one ripped muscle, one bursted appendinx, one new sport skill and one addiction abandoned.
Initially I have been studying favorite behance examples for hours, trying to understand the technique.
This image, being the first in the series is clearly the worst.
The shading is inconsistent, the hair is incomplete, there are no eyebrows and by looking at the legs one can clearly see i was bored by the end of it.
I was hoping it would make her happy to know, that it was her, with whom i started the main part of the project.
Bit of shortsighted move on my part, as her image, however good, is still underdeveloped.
The eyes are too dark, the mouth too dense and the hair is just a mess, but i can still remember the excitement, when
Finally, I was getting into the style i intended and the illustration clearly resembled the person i wanted to.
The mouth and the nose were especially satysfying as I introduced a higher contract as an experiment and the payoff was great.
Another suprisigly satisfying moment was the beard. Adam usually wears a very light beard and so is his facial hair. There was no point in creating each hair individually, so a half transparent overlay seemed like a good idea. Turns out it was.
Although the hair in this portrait are far from perfect, I was honestly proud of myself once the illustration was done.
I don't really know why I have chosen him to be "the bad guy" of the poster, as he is one of the nicest and calmest man I have ever met. Full of scholar-like wisdom, he is an empodient of reason and patience and in reality looks very little like this goblin-faced version I have created.
Addig highlight layers to the comoposition created amazing glowning effect on the skin and allowed for creatig nice wrinkles. Further improvment on the hair technique made them silky smooth and pleasing on the eye.
The shading is subtle and smooth. Unless zoomed, it's easy to froget it is a vector image.
Shadows and highlights create nice balance, exposing nose and forehead. The eyes are deep, blue and shine like precious stones.
Once I realized that was the right way, I made oll the rest of the hair like that. Once done, I had to go back and remake the initialy created hair, as they simply did not fit with the rest.