I hate taking pictures of myself, so this started off rough. However, after some time with the pen tool and figuring out which colors were supposed to go where to give the correct appearance, I think this turned out fairly well. I did make the mistake of not including my torso in the tracing, so my floating head is all I have here. The pen tool has long been something I dread using, but I’m starting to warm up to it a little bit – mostly because I’m not completely terrible at it anymore. I’m hoping with some more practice, I’ll be able to do a lot more creative and new things with these programs, especially with the pen tool.
My imitation of Shephard Fairey’s famous “Hope” poster sits to the left. As our first exercise in Graphic Design 2, this illustration was good practice with the pen tool in Illustrator, as well as good practice planning a process and executing it.
I have always been a fan of the Obama “Hope” poster, so I was excited to make one myself. When I took my picture on PhotoBooth, I was unaware that my long, layered hair would be the hardest part to draw. Using the pen tool to draw shapes, instead of how I perceived my face looked, was really challenging. It’s easy to get stuck tracing features I knew needed to be there–a nose, an eye, lips, etc. It was harder to see shapes independently and trace those shapes exclusive from each other. Once I conquered this mind game, I was able to zoom in and really get going with the pen tool. Color-wise, I chose a color palette including cool blues and greens. It was important to choose a color scheme with enough contrast between colors, so that the face shading would look realistic.
I am happy with my finished product, although I think I could have added a little more detail on the hair and shirt. It was hard to accurately layer shapes on the hair, so I shortcut some intricacies. If I could go back, I would clean this up and add more detail to the shirt.
My poster, while technically done by the practice of Fairey’s “Hope,” misses the mark slightly by the choice of colors and the composition of the photo.
While I think the hair and eyes look good, the intense shadow around the eyes is very raccoon like. This is due to a color scheme that contrasts too heavily as well as the shading of the room where the picture was taken. Steps to fix this could be as simple as recoloring, or as complicated as re photographing.
Overall I don’t think this is bad work and I think it conveys a strong understanding of the craft, with room for improvement.
This is my Shepard Fairey-inspired self-portrait. Aside from using Illustrator for the first time, the most difficult part of this project was taking a selfie on a giant Mac, particularly because I don’t like self-portraits. Using the pen tool to outline the different shadings on my face was also challenging. It’s hard to look at your face that closely for that long without getting a little confused about where your line is supposed to be going. I was also concerned that once I colored it I would like an alien and not a human. Once I did though, I discovered my original color palette was not suitable for this project and switched to a variety of purples instead. My favorite part of this project was detailing my hair because I got to be pretty creative with it since the picture didn’t capture any texture since it was so dark.
This is my Shepard Fairey inspired portrait. I began this portrait with a rather terrible image of myself; however, the pen work on this went smoothly. Deciding what sections of the image to shade what color was the most difficult part for me. I wanted to avoid having an all striped face, however, that was the most appropriate shade due to the darkness of my eyes and the light tones on my nose. I am very happy with how my hair turned out. I think the highlights and tones that I chose were very appropriate. Overall, I’m pleased with this portrait and the final result.