Abstraction Distraction: Part 1


Recently, I had a long time client order 23 abstract illustrations from me for a project. It’s all pix of their execs. Thing is, they always want vector illos, so they can blow them up really big and hold the resolution. I’ve done several of these over the years for them, but never this many at a time. In the past, I’ve tripped, stumbled, and fell my way through the “vectorization” part. Orginally, it was so long ago on the first job, I drew and scanned in my drawings and ran them through an old defunct prgram called Adobe Streamline to vectorize them. Then, I colored htem in Illustrator.

Now, with the later editions of Illustrator, CS2 is the one I have, I have learned to LiveTrace and Live Paint a bit. That’s how I did last time’s batch. THIS time, though, I decided to bite the bullet and start learning to actually draw in Illustrator. These are a few from the job. Eventually, in the vector illos, I was even able to do several different styles.
For obvious reasons, I call this one more of my “Picasso” style.

And this one I like a lot…I managed a twist you wouldn’t necessarily expect, but still retained a pretty strong likeness, I think.

When I get caught up on some more deadlines, I’ll try to post some more.


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