Software: Adobe Illustrator CS4 for Photo Realistic Illustration
Adobe Photoshop CS4 for only Noise Control and Cropping
Photo Credit & Special Thanks to Theirry Falise, Photo Journalist, Bangkok
Original Photo Link >> http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01498/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi_1498625c.jpg
This portrait was done ONLY in Adobe Illustrator CS4. I had done so far for some Photo realistic portrait illustration especially to Korean Actresses. This time I decided to draw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s portrait. Original idea is for a present for my younger brother Myo Kyaw Htun’’s birthday. But it took so long because of other commercial design projects and I couldn’t concentrate to finish it for his birthday.
It is NOT easy to do Photo Realistic Portrait in Adobe Illustrator. Even people can say “it’s just a copy” .. Yes .. a copy but it’s not that easy.
Then, I looked around some of her photos from Google search. There are variety of photos but I think this one is unique because of her smiles. Then I was curious for who belonged to that photo. I mean a company or a photographer. I found a Photographer name “Thierry Falise” as a credit in some photos. I did search his name and found his contacts. He is well known photographer because of his works in Southeast Asia region. Fortunately, he is living in Bangkok. I called to him for his permission. I explained what I wanted to do for it. I emailed him with my previous portraits to make him impressed for my works. Finally, he gave me a permission.
I took more than a month now to finish it. Anyway, this is the day to show off what I have done for my portfolios.
Hence, I don’t want to mention how much I inspire for Aung San Suu Kyi because I think no need to explain about her because almost everyone on earth knows about her.
Thanks for reading and giving likes and comments.
By the way, I used only MOUSE.
Myo Han Htun (a) Ko Toe
I just finished today (June 23, 2009) for this portrait. I challenged against myself to draw a portrait only at Adobe Illustrator. I had done so far by doing this crazy thing. First of all, I got this Actress’s original picture from Google Search (what we used to call it “Google gave it to me”). Again, first, I thought she was “Song Hye Kyo” (Korean Actress) but my girlfriend told me that she was not, she was “Han Ga In”. Anyway, I hit it again.
I used Pen Tool, Gradient, Transparency, Gaussian Blur and Wrap Tool for the tones and hair. The problem I encountered for this portrait was saving time. Because of many layers and huge canvas size (nearly 4000 in width).
My latest illustration for the portrait of Korean Actress Song Hye Kyo (in Dec, 2008). I was not a fun of that actress and Korean movies. I didn’t even know who she was when working on this picture later I knew from my friend that she was a Korean drama star.
I saw that picture at Internet image search and it’s so fascinating to me. She was so beautiful, smart and look very calm in appearance.
I used only Adobe Illustrator 10 and mouse (I don’t even have a pen tablet in this moment .. may be I will have it soon) to sketch on her photo. It is a little bit difficult for it because it’s much more detail for the tones. I used Gaussian Blur almost all for the tones and Wrap Tool for some windy hair effect.
It took almost 7 days at my late evenings after my office. I still owed to do some of my idea for this illustration and much more will come to be more lively on her picture.
Tool: Only on Adobe Illustrator Version 10
Image Address: http://www.blike.net/en/node/3826