Illustrator’s Course of Drawing Color Low polygon Special Effect Portrait

Come to experience the clearest artistic style! Today’sIllustrator courseThe effect is particularly striking. The color painting style of this kind of portraits originated from the last century completely discards curves, and the models cut by color blocks are full of tension, supplemented by exaggerated and rebellious color matching, which seems to be the bright and colorful heterogeneity in the vast white land, unforgettable. The tutorial is very specific, and it is highly recommended to try it.


Feiwurui UIdesign: In the 1990s, Wedha Abdul Rashid, a traditional print media illustrator from Indonesia, created an alternative style of portrait painting. Until the millennium, this style developed from traditional media gradually became popular in digital art. WPAP (Wedha’s Pop Art Portrait) refers to this kind of painting style. It divides the picture into several geometric figures and creates the outline of the portrait by changing the color of the figures. Generally, the elements appearing in the portrait are consistent with the original picture of the person. This kind of creative form is very artistic, and the color is colorful.

Look at the effect picture first

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Today we are going to learn how to make WPAP portraits with AI. Before that, we need to have a brief understanding of the drawing process of WPAP. The goal of WPAP is to use an alternative style and technique to express the facial details of the characters, so that the facial modeling of the characters is exaggerated but not illegible. The so-called “alternative” here means to be more dramatic, more personalized and more shocking. Of course, if you can, it will also be enjoyable.

Based on this, the creation process is mainly divided into two parts: facial decomposition and embellishment. When I draw, these two parts are carried out at the same time.

1. Facial decomposition process

In the process of facial decomposition, by tracing the original image, we can divide the portrait into several details, which I call “detail fragments” here. These detail fragments are divided according to different light and dark parts on the original picture. You need to carefully observe the light and shadow details in the original picture during the creation process to make a division judgment. This kind of practice is explained in another tutorial. Each detail fragment is a straight line graph, not a curve. I think this is because straight lines are more powerful than curves.

Before the face decomposition process, we need to fake the portrait into a sphere, where the surface is spliced by pieces of rectangles. As shown by the sphere in the figure below.

2. Touch up process

When touching up, I use solid color instead of gradient color, which will make the shape more prominent. Although these colorful colors seem to be out of harmony, they will make the picture show a 3D three-dimensional effect.

Experienced creators will classify colors into groups. You can divide colors into “intense” group, “warm” group and “cool” group. Only the light and shade of the color are considered, and its hue is ignored. Touch up more from highlights, middle and shadows. This grouping will make the picture three-dimensional. No matter what color you use, as long as you use the correct color group, the final effect will not disappoint you. Therefore, this is also an important part of training color matching.

2、 Prepare documents

Since facial decomposition requires copying the original image, the selection of the original image is also crucial. This is about drawing portraits, so we need to choose a high-definition portraitpicture, it should have a relatively significant contrast between light and shade, a greater degree of sharpening, and a more beautiful composition, which are important details in the copying process.

After selecting the original image file, open AI and create a new document. The document I created here is 1024px * 640 px with a resolution of 72 ppi. The length width ratio of the document should be consistent with the original drawing. However, the size requirement in vector graphics is not so strict.

Drag the original image into it, click “Embed”, lock the original image layer, and create a new layer above the original image layer.

3、 The first “detail fragment”

Let’s start from the eyes. Use the pen tool to draw the first fragment on the iris of the eye. Please close the stroke and select and debug the fill color in the color palette (shortcut key F6). Generally speaking, the eyes should be kept in the primary color as much as possible, in contrast with other color tones of the face, so that the eyes look more prominent. Eyes are also the most powerful basis for identifying details.

Use the pen tool to draw other parts of the eyeball. Keep a straight line when drawing, and focus the anchor point at the edge with large radian. The starting selection of anchor points should be consistent with other fragments as far as possible, so that there will not be many “gaps” in the picture for no reason. Find the corresponding color by the color depth in the “Color Reference”, which is also a secret to keep colors in harmony.