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Triangulated Portrait in Illustrator

R Proffitt
by Richard Proffitt
iopan design

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Squint to see areas of similar tone

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By squinting slightly at the original image, you'll begin to see where certain areas posess a slightly different value to their nearest naibours. You need to reduce the picture to it's basic qualities of hue, saturation and lightness/darkness.

Using the Illustrator pen tool, begin

Map out each tonal area with a triangle

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Build a topography of tone-shade-highlights

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Colour individual triangles with a typical hue for that zone

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Continue geometric 3D web following contours

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Complete geometric skeleton of face

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Take colours from original image

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Put subtle detail into seemingly 'flat' surface

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Frequently flick between your drawing and the original image

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Whole face almost complete

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When forground is complete; make an abstraction of original background

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