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David Bowie - Vector by Atebitninja David Bowie - Vector by Atebitninja
Another Illustrator CS5 Gradient Mesh portrait, this time of Davie Bowie. I actually started this one about a month ago and finally had time to actually finish it. It probably took about 60 hours...

Tools:
Illustrator CS5
Rectangle Shape Tool
Gradient Mesh Tool
Type tool (for the Watermark)

Link to the Wireframe: [link]

Photo Reference: [link]
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nomjy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Um... wow. This is amazing!
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks!
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sir-rudolph Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is literally the best vector portrait I've ever seen. I can barely even tell it's vector after looking at downloaded. Amazing work.
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks! That's an awesome complement considering the amount of amazing work out there!
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eyeqandy Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
How did you achieve the skin texture in Illustrator, specifically the skin pores?

I know that's possible in Photoshop (e.g., skin texture brushes), but I'm not aware of a way of doing this in Illustrator (outside of pasting in a raster image or raster texture and masking it off).
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
The skin texture is just part of a really complex mesh. If you download the full view, you'll see how hackey it really is...
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AngstromAlliance Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hackey!? There are plastic surgeons who could only dream of being able to reconstruct faces as accurately as you do. I swear if I look long enough I can actually see whiskers growing on this one.
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augenedit Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're great indeed. The way you make the skin texture's awesome. But, I see there's something weird with his eye balls. :iconwhatsthatplz:
Correct me if I'm wrong.. :D
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MTCarpenter Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aaaaaahhhhhh! I LOVE Bowie. This is a defining picture, and you have done a fantastic job.

I'm a huge fan of your stuff.
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AngstromAlliance Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, but I have run out of superlatives. There is way more detail in your rendering than the original source material. Did the photographer supply you with a raw file to work off or do you create the textures and details yourself? Either way, the finished result is simply startling.
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