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Case Study – Bleach by Sharon Milne aka ChewedKandi

Hey, my name is Sharon Milne and I go by the moniker ChewedKandi. I have a passion for vector art and have been creating digital art portraits and illustrations for the past decade. I’m self taught in the programs I use and especially love teaching others the benefits and wonders of Adobe Illustrator. All the vector work I produce is 100% vector with no raster effects. I now write tutorials and articles for sites such as VectorTuts+ and produce a variety of pieces for commercial and private clients. I can be found on Twitter, Facebook and deviantART, as well as my portfolio on I wanted to create a vector portrait with some of the facial features exaggerated, specifically the eyes. I had previously created a vector portrait in this style so I wanted to see if I could pull it off again. This time around, I wanted to make the focus the eyes. I picked out a stock image by Dagwanoenyent-Stock, one which I had previously seen and it had stuck in my mind. My tools of the trade are: Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS5, A5 Wacom Bamboo... as well as a large glass of Dr Pepper Zero and the odd cat jumping up on my desk to try and play with my stylus! Step 1 By using the lasso tool to select areas and enlarge and shrink them, duplicating and flipping areas, I got a rough idea of what I wanted the piece to look similar to. My reference images post Photoshop aren’t the most polished of images, but they do what is needed. I get a rough idea of the dimensions of the face and a rough idea of the shadow/light cast on the face. I use the smudge tool to smooth out some of the areas to make the curves of the face seem more natural. Then I go into using colour balance and brightness/contrast to modify the colours slight. Step 2 Now my reference image is ready for Illustrator. Using the reference image I begin with doing some base layers which split the face and the neck/chest in two layer folders. I begin adding low opacity layers to build up on the shading. I use the reference image for each shape to make sure I’m following the curves of the face and lighting. Throughout this step I’m using only 2 colours, the base and the shading colour, no gradients or meshes are used at this point. Step 3 Thankfully due to completing many portraits, I’m able to not need to refer to the reference image now until later on. I begin adding lighter coloured shapes to give the skin shading more depth and to highlight features such as the nose, top lip and brow bones. I’ve now used my 3rd colour and still not using gradients or meshes. Step 4 Now I begin to add transparent radial gradients. I still use the same 3 colours I’ve previously used but changing the blending modes. Due to the neck area and face area being in separate layer folders, the shading is easier to do on the neck to give clear definition to the face/jaw line. I use light transparent gradients to highlight areas on the face, again using the same colours previously used; just changing the blending mode. Step 5 As the skin has a variety of tones and I don’t wish for the portrait to be too porcelain in appearance, I begin add blends within clipping masks to give blush to the cheeks, greys to the corner of the eye socket and more highlights on the chest area. Step 6 As I’m feeling the skin is almost complete, I begin to work on the lips more in detail. Using transparent gradients on a variety of blending modes, width profile brushes and many circles, I add shine and a dash of colour to the lips. In general when I’m shading skin, I see the lips as part of the skin and make the basic contrast while rendering the skin. This is so the lips don’t look as if they are floating on top of the skin. Step 7 I add further colour and some highlighting lines to give the lips a bit more of a shine and gloss appearance as well as a slight light reflection on the tip of the nose. This gives the nose a bit more definition. Step 8 I now refer back to the reference image to get the basic shapes of the eyes and basic details. I lower the opacities of the majority of the shapes so I can get a good idea of the colour effect I want to go for. I don’t copy and paste the eyes as I don’t wish for them to look perfectly identical, however whatever I do to one eye, I do to the other so the effects are balanced. Step 9 I now add transparent radial gradients, brush strokes and dots to add detail to the eyes. I use a variety of blending modes and opacities to give an interesting contrast effect. The strokes within the eyes are of a variety of colours and thanks to the lower opacities and gradients behind, they give a great effect. Step 10 Further transparent radial gradients and a variety of solid colour low opacity shapes to give further depth and detail to the eyes. I use many radial white gradients around the eyes to give a subtle highlight effect. This method was also added around and on the lips to give a highlight/sparkle to them. This also softens any harsh lines. Step 11 Now adding eyelashes to frame the eyes using the same width profile brushes with a variety of weights and colour. Step 12 I want to give a frame to the portrait using plain white hair so I try out a very basic style of hair. I don’t want the hair to be too detailed that it takes away from the eyes. So I use a white stroke rectangle to first frame the vector then build on it with strands of hair. I also add further colour to the lips to give them a little more attention. Step 13 I try adding the eyebrows, however once added it makes the hair look too simple and I feel I need to change the hair. Upon showing it to a friend he confirms this and it’s back to the drawing board! Step 14 After playing around with some sketches of framing hair and adding a few more gradients to give more depth in the skin, I add basic shapes to give a larger frame. With the hair in this style I feel it draws the viewer into the face and onto the eyes... which as I say I want as the focal point! Step 15 I add further details to the hair to make the base layer shape of the hair less chunky and add a beauty spot near the mouth. A lot of my portraits include moles and beauty spots as they have hidden meaning where ever they are situated. Although from time to time in my non-conceptual pieces I place them purely to highlight an area of the portrait. In this case, I want to balance the eyes and lips slightly so I place it on the top lip area. This completes my vector piece.

Playful Illustrations by Christian San Jose

Christian San Jose is a 21-year old illustrator based in Pasig, Philippines. As an illustrator, he has amassed an incredible body of work that focuses on colorful imagery and playful characters. His client list includes Adobe Systems Inc., Cobra Starship, Forever the Sickest Kids, and Quiksilver Inc. Click here to see more from Christian San Jose

Super Stylish Illustrations by Karl Kwasny

DeviantART is a never-ending source of great illustrations. Most of the best illustrators I know I got to know there, and I still get amazed by the tons of other ones I keep discovering on a daily basis. The latest one is Karl Kwasny, from Australia. He's got an style that I find really dope. Stylish and very detailed, these are a perfect example of the kind of illustration that makes me depressed for not knowing how to do it (lol). Anyways, there are a ton more illustrations at this portfolio and site and I really recommend you to visit him. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Graphic Design Inspiration by YONIL

Jonathan Lax (also known as YONIL) is an illustrator and a graphic designer born 1982 in Holon, Israel. He graduated with honors from the Department of Visual Communication at the Holon Institute of Technology H.I.T. Currently he's working freelance and enjoying every second of it. About Jonathan's main influences he mentions urbanism, music posters, album covers and street arts. I believe that the essence of every artwork is its basic idea, so I would usually devote a great deal of time for an idea to emerge. For more information about YONIL, visit his Web site at Be On The Safe Side A T-shirt design with a statement about our planet. One of the 8 Finalists at the DBH 10K 2010 Competition. We Did This To Ourselves We are responsible for our own fate and for our planet’s fate and yet we seem to be getting tangled with more and more problems we refuse to face. A t-shirt design that is also one of the 8 Finalists at the DBH 10K 2010 Competition. UNTOLD Posters and flyer design for the british DJ Untold. The Knuckle Collision A t-shirt design, winner of the heavyweight championship competition at Loveat Beverages Posters A series of beverage illustrations and poster design for loveat. loveat is an organic coffeeshop. This project was done while I was working at veecee creative partners. May I Rebel Please? Garduation project at H.I.T. An illustrated installation. Expression of the tension between the will to rebel and unleash impulsive anger, as opposed to our society’s behavioral codes. The war between me and my inner monster. One Day You Will See A personal t-shirt design Various Logos Digital Sea An illustration inspired by the song “Digital Sea” by Thrice. The illustration was published in A5 Magazine in their No.9 issue – the “Remix” issue and was also printed as a shirt. MTV Break An MTV break video made for a the art break competition. The video came in 2nd place in the israeli competition. A collaboration with Alteroy. Apparently Cats Only Have One Life Just Like The Rest Of Us A t-shirt design made in memory of my two cats that tragically died at a young age. With love to Griffin and Ike. The Cycle Of Indecisive Living An illustration about my tendency to be tend to be a little indecisive when it comes to big choices to be made. Peep Magazine Peep is an experimental magazine I designed as a school project. 99% of the materials in the magazine aren’t mine, meaning the photos and editorials were all taken and written by pros, while it was my job to design the whole layout for the mag. I used colors to distinguish one article from the other, and also between the photographs. Boring War An Editorial illustration I did during the war in Gaza. The whole thing seemed to me like it was getting so frustrating for all reasonable people on both sides. ClubMad Poster and flyer design for ClubMad – a party line in Tel-aviv.

Colorful Illustrations by Roya Hamburger

Roya Hamburger is an illustrator from Amsterdam, Netherlands and since she was a child her favorite activity was drawing and she wanted to turn that talent into her profession. Starting as freelancer she created illustrations for magazines such as FNV and Flair, major magazines in Belgium. Now she has worked for clients such as Cosmopolitan magazine, Elle, M, Avant Garde, ABN-AMRO, Bruna, British Airways, Man Power, Dutch Railways, Postbank, Deloitte and Touche, Peter Stuyvesant and Martini. When working for publishers and advertising agencies objectives always revolves around communicating a message. This is exactly where my passion and skills overlap. When it comes to commissioned work, the main point is “telling another’s story” After sixteen years being a professional in commissioned work, its time for me to tell my own story as well with chosen subjects and communicating in my own way. I have this long-time dream to create work that “broadens consciousness”, with an idealistic flavour, using graphic design, illustration and animation as vehicles. For more information about Roya Hamburger visit her Web site at deardeer Lost and Found Typographic illustrations The Elbow Room The Only One the Segregation In my work I am always looking for the best possible balance between composition, shape and atmosphere to carry out a certain message. I seek to integrate different images into one by using both graphics and realistic images. So my work gets more depth by merging 2D and 3D. I therefore feel more like a designer then an illustrator per-se. More than once ore twice

Incredibly Realistic Illustration Portraits

This is something that makes my jaw drop easily. Every week I search for kick butt illustrations, and I think I'm pretty successful finding awesome stuff, but it's been a really long time I don't see illustrations this real. Made by various artists these are some of the top illustrations you'll find in DeviantART. We're talking about ultra-realistic illustration here. Of course I love a more loose approach, but this is something in a whole new level (like the girl pointing by Josiel Souza)... and I sure dig it. I know you do too, right? So, for more of these amazing artists' work, you may check out their portfolio by clicking each image. They'll appreciate your visit. Hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Jordi Joruji Suzanne van Pelt June Hardee June Hardee Innes McDougall Dave G. Hoang Minh Le Suzanne van Pelt Jordi Joruji Josiel Souza Josiel Souza Anastasja Erlenda Irma Y Josiel Souza Jordi Joruji

Stunning Illustrations by Warren Louw

Very often I stumble upon some great artists at DeviantART. There are some amazing pieces of work there, from photography to sculptures and illustrations. For me, there isn't just one good style of illustration, but many. Warren Louw has got one style that I like very much. Most times it has those classic sketch outlines, and a more realistic coloring, which I really enjoy. I really think thesea re fresh, like the portraits at the end, which are amazing. He's got many other pieces at this portfolio, which I recommend you to visit. I hope you all enjoy these, and if you know any other great artists that make illustrations as stunning as these, tell us! Cheers. ;)

Super Detailed Illustrations by Daniel James Diggle

Daniel James Diggle is a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator based in London, United Kingdom. I got to know his work from Behance, I believe it was a suggestion for the Daily Inspiration and I was totally blown away by the level of details he put on his work, especially in the sketching phase, it's really impressive. For more information about Daniel James Diggle, visit his web site at You can also buy his prints at or follow him on Behace at it's definitely worth it. But for now check out some of his works that we selected for you ;) So! I am a creative designer with passion for design, web and bringing a tactile feel to the digital arena. I've experience in web design, illustration and online advertising and have dabbled with motion graphics, animation, creative thinking, and a dash of IA, usability and art direction. No! "typographic illustration/experiment that literally grew as I got rather carried away with layering and building the image." She Walks 5125 The year 2012 signals the conclusion of one of the most ancient predictions ever made. The Mayan's, an ancient and advanced civilisation of South America and experts in astronomy, predicted the end of the great cycle of ages in 2012. Random Got Beautiful Initially, this illustration was due to be a collaboration with another artist with the 'Beautiful' line theirs to interpret. Unfortunately they were unable to do so, thus I moved to finish the piece myself. The result though, was that I rushed the last line and I was entirely unhappy with the outcome. I have however, completely re-drawn the 3'rd line and shall comp it to the original image before the final version is ready to be screenprinted. You can see some of the development and detailing below and a preview of the new 3rd line is at the bottom. "the first typographic illustration exploring the inking technique." Slow Growth

Awesome Watercolor Illustrations by Dmitriy

Watercolor is definitely one of the most awesome techniques of illustration. I find truly amazing of how much control and precision artists have over their watered inks to form precise art. And I'm probably overwhelmed by it because I have no idea how to do it... but yet, I know something beautifully done when I see it, and that's just the case of the work of Dmitriy Rebus Larin, an Russian in illustration that has done some great pieces of watercolor illustrations. Here I've placed some of them, but for more of his great work, you may visit his portfolio at Behance. I hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Ironing the laces British rock Best friends Football fan Drinking Kolomenskoe Art Freedom Rebus & Den Leisan Arina Mary Mastowka Kuzmenkova Mary Mastowka Kuzmenkova

Beautiful Illustrations by Simon Fernandes

Simon Fernandes is an art director, designer and illustrator from Sao Paulo, Brazil with a really cool style, his portfolio has illustrations with different styles, from the very clean vectors of the Agua Viva artwork to the sort of retro style of the Copo poster. We were really impressed with his work and now we are sharing that with you ;) For more information about Simon Fernandes visit his Web site at Planetario MTV Planetário from ODA on Vimeo. Pedaço de coral Plus Ultra Menina Flutívago Agua Viva Copo Paisagem Colorido Buda Doido

Super Stylish Posters by Protesto

There are all kinds of posters out there. B movies posters, gigs posters, and many others... and I truly dig a good poster design. Yesterday one of our readers, @henriquepetarli, suggested the work of Protesto. Protesto is the Brazilian designer Michel Diniz de Carvalho, who's been living in Norway doing some freelancing. He's done some great, stylish work, really worth checking out. Here I've chosen some of his best pieces, and I know you guys gonna like it. So, enjoy, and don't forget to check his portfolio out for more great works of his. Cheers! ;)

One Hundred Project

The ONEHUNDRED Project is an experiment from the German Kid Grandios that started back in 2009 with the idea of creating posters that would include landscape and grunge elements. One Hundred posters later the project is done and it's amazing, check it out! ONEHUNDRED Project I started the project in fall 2009. The idea was to create a poster which includes landscape and grunge elements. Therefore I commenced collecting some images. Not all photos are taken by myself but some friends helped me. The landscape moves from the green mountains in argentina to the cold icefields at the northpole.For the most part I tried to capture the characteristic color of each terretory and apply a grunge effect that matches. Also I wanted to achieve a huge vareity of different color schemes. For these effects I used Photoshop. It really took some time to create 100 different patterns.About 20-40min for each pattern. A major aspect of the project is the connection between nature and the numbers. This represens the calculated beauty of natural elements and how they get destroyed. Here are a few samples - Click here to see entire ONEHUNDRED project

Case Study: Isolation Abstract Illustration

In this case study Ali Al-Zahrani show the entire process of how he creates his abstract works from beginning to the end. It's really amazing to see how people create their work and this process it's totally different from what I have seen before. Check it out! For more from Ali Al-Zahrani visit

Stunning Girls Illustrations

I feel like it's been a really long time since we had a post with some illustrations of beautiful girls. I not being sexist or anything, but illustrations look so much better when there's a beautiful girl in it, don't you think? And all of these are great... the cute ones, the nerdy ones, the warriors ones... every single one of them got their share of awesomeness. I love these artists for making these pieces, seriously. I totally recommend you guys to visit their portfolio by clicking each image, 'cause you're gonna find much more great illustrations there. I really hope you enjoy these as much as I do... and you can bet I REALLY enjoy these (I'm kinda intense today). Cheers! ;) wakkawa Yasmine Putri Artgerm Adonihs Matteo De Longis BENQWEK Wen-Xi Chen Keron Grant Nekro Erik Jones Lokman Lam Lois van Baarle alex deadbear Matteo De Longis Anastasja Erlenda Irma Y Serge Birault Serge Birault Serge Birault Jana Schirmer

Retro Illustrations by Janée Meadows

Janée Meadows is an award-winning freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Los Angeles, California. It's hard to peg her style, as it runs the gamut of photorealism to retro cartoons. Like the mockingbird, known for mimicking the songs and sounds of the animal kingdom; Meadows is known for her ability to authentically mimic various illustrative styles of the art world. But whatever her style may be, let's just say it's rockin'. Her glossy 80's airbrush coverart for The Donna's 2008 release Bitchin' was declared the #42 Best Album Cover of All Time by UGO Entertainment. Like the mockingbird, known for mimicking the songs and sounds of the animal kingdom; Janée is known for her ability to authentically mimick various illustrative styles of the art world. For more information and full portfolio visit Janée Meadows' Web site at

365 Days Project: The Alphabet Series

Grafikas is the non-commercial work website of Drew Europeo, that's where she keeps all the works for his 365 days projects that includes this awesome Alphabet Series. Everyday is a different style, different colors and different letters. Check it out! 365 Day Project? A 365 day project is a project where you decide to create something different for everyday of the year during the entire 365 days. Not a lot of people are able to pull it through so if you have some ideas you may stick to something simple. This type of project is great to keep your creativity going all year round. The Alphabet Series For more work, visit

Interesting Compositions by Markus Baier

Markus Baier is a 21 year old student of communication design at the Institute of Design in Hamburg. His work is quite unique mixing abstract elements with photos. Sometimes it reminds me of David Carson like the bUTTER bEI dE kITCHEN cookbook, however darker. I don't know how to explain but that is why we are featuring his work here on Abduzeedo. For more information about Markus visit his Web site at bUTTER bEI dE kITCHEN cookbook An extraodinary cookbook for ordinary people. Duration: 6 months. Size of one chapter: 1.40m x 0.20m .Size of all Chapters: 1.40m x 1.00m Needs I made five new illustrations which are dealing with the needs of human beings. The issues are OBSESSION, DESIGN, LOVE, PASSION and SIN. Original Size DIN A1, 300ppi, CMYK. Ambition Is Wicked Nike Football Never hide Blackout Handmade