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Mila Kunis - Vector by Atebitninja Mila Kunis - Vector by Atebitninja
Another Gradient Mesh Portrait; this time Mila Kunis! She has such prominent eyes so hopefully I did them justice.

This one has been beating me up for a while... I must of re-done certain parts of it 3 or 4 times before I was happy with some of the details.

Done entirely in Illustrator CS5 with the Gradient Mesh tool.

Tools:
Adobe Illustrator
Rectangle Tool
Gradient Mesh Tool

See the Wireframe Here: [link]

I can't remember where I got the original photo, so if anyone knows the source, let me know so I can properly credit.
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:iconcoralulu:
Coralulu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insane.
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:icongiaisazombie:
giaisazombie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student
absolutely breathtaking and amazing.
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vin1968 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I thought it was a picture, amazing.
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:icongirl-in-glass:
Girl-In-Glass Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Spectacular work.
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:iconanooop:
ANOOOP Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are great!!!!!!! i don't know how to express my words.... :onfire:
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:iconpurusottam:
Purusottam Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
AMAZING!! AMAZING!! AMAZING!! TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY MAN!! How??!? AMZAING!!
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:icontapdiv:
tapdiv Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your works are awsome.....even i love to work with gradientmesh tools...but this much detail...i dont know how to capture...:wow:
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:icontaher-painter70:
Taher-Painter70 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
perfect art work!:-o
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:iconniners01916:
Niners01916 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just getting back into using the gradient mesh tool, and am wanting to get my skills. To a level even close to yours. Great job!
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:iconatebitninja:
Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Awesome! I was afraid the GMesh was becoming a lost art...
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:iconniners01916:
Niners01916 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe for some, who don't have the patience....but not for me. As a designer, I want to be skilled in several different styles.
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Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Really like the details you poured in..... Good Luck !
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:icontheyellowcoyote:
theyellowcoyote Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, that literally looks like a photo! So amazed to find out its a vector - WOW!!! :D
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Illustrator has come a loooong way since I started working in it, it amazes my how powerful a tool it has become. If you have CS5 you can check out the mesh for the nose/cheek here: [link]
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theyellowcoyote Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, it is definitely mind-boggling!

Thanks for the link, I will check it out :D
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Maarika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Holy crap, how long this take you? Photorealistic portraits like that are something that I'd never attempt in vector graphics. :iconwthplz:

Absolutely amazing outcome! <3
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks! I wish I could estimate the time. I jump around from file to file (I get 'stuck' a lot and have to start up a new one. Then when I figure out how to do what I do, I jump back!
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DeviantJC Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you got to be shitting me, this is INCREDIBLE
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:iconatebitninja:
Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks!
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:icondeviantjc:
DeviantJC Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
had to look at the wireframe to believe it was vector... impressive!
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconcissy:
cissy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist
GREAT TECHNIQUE(and patience :) !!!
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:iconatebitninja:
Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks!
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janegiraffe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand? It just looks like you've spent 5 minutes on Photoshop with the original photo and just used the smudge tool on some of the shadowy bits?
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:iconernie-parcon:
Ernie-Parcon Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha. kind of. haha
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I used the Gradient Mesh tool with the goal of 'Photo Realism'...

See the wireframe here: [link]
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eyeqandy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can see the wireframe screen shots of some of your work that is classified as vector, but as a long time vector artist myself, and as I said the other day under another drawing of yours classified as vector, I know of no way of reproducing fine details such as skin pores (especially in the highlights on her right cheek) or fine lines on people's foreheads, even by using Illustrator's mesh tool, unless Adobe updated the mesh tool in version 5 some way that I'm unaware of; I could read up on that, I guess.

I know the gradient mesh tool can be used for convincing, photo realistic skin tones, but I don't see how one gets pores and fine lines (skin wrinkles) with it. That kind of detail work is more the province of Photoshop.

I do agree with a previous poster that this looks more like a digital painting or manipulated photo. If you used Photoshop in conjunction with Illustrator, that's fine, but I would think that would be classified as 'mixed digital media,' rather than 'vector'.

Maybe you could provide us with more screen shots of these vector pieces, ones showing the gradient mesh alone, and/or in conjunction with any masks or layers with this drawing, or something like that?

If you're on the up and up about this (and I sure hope you are), I'd like to see how it's done so I can maybe give it a try myself in the future, on future vector drawings. :)
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I've uploaded an .ai file with some of the Pore'd and Wrinkled GMesh sections into my scraps (CS5): [link]

Download the ZIP file

You can also download the Mena Suvari Portrait as well: [link]

I'd actually upload all the AI files but I'd been burned by doing that in the past... I just do this stuff in my spare time for the challenge so the files just sit on my machine after I'm done.

Have Fun! :)
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eyeqandy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the links, but I can't seem to open the first one (I haven't tried the second one).

The zip folder I downloaded is empty, and the file on my desktop that came with that folder is showing up as something called a ".part" file, not an AI file.

I have version 4 of AI, not 5, so I don't know if I could even open a v 5.
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Strange. Other people have been able to download and open the ZIP just fine... Let me know if the second one doesn't work for you. The only thing I'm using in CS5 that CS4 didn't have is the ability to control the transparency of different points on a single mesh. It may open, but if it does, the seams between shapes aren't going to blend well.
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AngstromAlliance Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mesmerising!
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconohemjayy:
ohemjayy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
your detail is amazing. there is no way i could have the patience to make something look that realistic and awesome. this is great.
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks! That's why I started working in gray-scale. It's easier to deal with shades of gray when working in the detail.
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ohemjayy Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
that makes a lot of sense. you could probably still make a super awesome one in color, though. i just find trying to make all of the colors and details go where i want them to so frustrating. how long have you been making meshes?
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I first started using the gradient mesh tool in Illustrator 8, so some time in '99 I think.
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:iconohemjayy:
ohemjayy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
wow, you've certainly had a lot of practice then. how long does it take you to make one?
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:iconatebitninja:
Atebitninja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I have no clue. Sometimes they sit unfinished for several months, sometimes I can get thru them in a few days.
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:iconohemjayy:
ohemjayy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
yeah, makes sense what with how busy you are and how much you feel like working on it. they're all really cool though. i love looking through them.
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
The eyes, and everything else, seems perfect. Amazing
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Atebitninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks!
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