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Geisha In Green (Vector Drawing) by eyeqandy Geisha In Green (Vector Drawing) by eyeqandy
Media = Adobe Illustrator

:bulletblack: Some of my other Geisha themed artwork:

Geisha in Black by eyeqandy Geisha Kneeling (digital portrait) by eyeqandy Geisha Reflection (digital portrait) by eyeqandy 

Geisha in Green drawing information:

Features used in Illustrator: pen tool; gradient mesh; standard gradient; pathfinder (divide); transparency panel (including opacity mask - on a flower or two on the gown).

I always start these drawings assuming that the most time consuming aspect will be the face, but that is usually not the case, and that's true with this portrait.

The most time consuming portions of this drawing were the detail areas, such as the the ornaments in the geisha's hair, and some of the flower patterns on her robe.

The entire drawing was created in Illustrator, but I did take the final vector image into Photoshop to make it smaller and save it.

:pointr: :bulletorange: Live Trace and Live Paint were not used on any portion of this image. :bulletorange:

Okay, I give up looking for the reference photo I used. I was going to link to it. I did another web search for it, using the word "geisha," and I didn't see it.

I did, however, come across all sorts of photos having nothing to do with geisha, such as photos of people's pet dogs, a photo of Bob Dylan, and an image of actor Gerard Butler. I've no idea why all these weird pictures would turn up while doing a search of "geisha."

(Edit. I think the background image was based in part on a photo by gnohz, but I originally found the image by doing a web search on a major search engine, and I don't recall it being credited at that time.)

:bulletorange: Please do not use this drawing without my permission.
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:iconladylaryssa:
LadyLaryssa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Beautiful! Especially love the attention to detail in the hairpieces and the shading. If you ever do find the reference image I would LOVE to see it. :+fav: of course. ;)
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Thysania Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist
Great job. She looks eerily realistic.
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :thanks:
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:iconmadgus:
madgus Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So pretty.!
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :thanks: :)
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:iconbluemo0on:
bluemo0on Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow it's amazing work i
I love it :love:
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :thanks: :)
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:iconbluemo0on:
bluemo0on Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :)
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djmsan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful! :love:
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, djmsan. :thanks: :)
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djmsan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Welcome! :hug:
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AsBlackAsCoal Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Very cool ;)
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:iconmoojinator:
moojinator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
gorgeous! :D
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MakeYouSmileDesign Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
very well done :)
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :thanks: :)
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CheriAnnCSW Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
This is lovely.
I do have a question. And I should probably know the answer to it being an artist myself, but I guess I live under a rock: What's Live Trace/Live Paint and what do they do?
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eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
@CheriAnnCSW

Thank you for the kind words about my drawing. :thanks:

I wrote a journal entry about the evils :) of Live Trace ("Adobe Illustrator‘s Live Trace and Its Misuse" - I can't get links to work in my comments, but that's on my front page, in a journal entry), if you’d like to read it.

The key point: Live Trace automatically converts bitmap / raster images (.jpgs, .pngs, etc.) into vector drawings for the artist. Live Paint pretty much works hand in hand with Live Trace. (Adobe Illustrator is not the only graphics software to have such features.)

It takes next to zero skill or talent to use the feature, as it’s just a matter of selecting if from Illustrator’s menu and fiddling with options in the dialog box, and the software applies it to the photograph for the artist in a matter of seconds.

You can usually tell if Live Trace has been used to create a vector drawing, but some artists are not upfront about having used Live Trace.

Such artists allow their viewers to assume they drew the image entirely themselves with no assistance from the software. By contrast, I spend hours, days, or weeks using only (or primarily) the pen tool to create a vector drawing.

I think using Live Trace can be acceptable in some circumstances and if the artist lets people know from the start that it was used.
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CheriAnnCSW Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Thanks for the clarification.
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. :) Sorry about the long, wordy reply, but the abuse of 'Live Trace' is a little bit of a pet peeve of mind :laughing:
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CheriAnnCSW Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
That's alright. Everyone has their own peeves. I'm glad you were so informative with your reply.
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
*mine* not "mind"
(Dang I'd love an edit button for these posts!)
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samantha-runaway Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Student General Artist
this is the trailer I saw [link]
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:iconwillworks:
WillWorks Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   General Artist
Nice work on the vectors. :D
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
:thanks: Thank you, FireWater12!
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:iconwillworks:
WillWorks Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   General Artist
your welcome :)
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:iconsamantha-runaway:
samantha-runaway Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student General Artist
OMG I just saw the trailer today and thought it was hilarious! the art looks great though :D
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Samantha. :thanks:
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dieggonascimento Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Awesome!
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, dieggonascimento :cuddle:
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dieggonascimento Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
U welcomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee^^ :hug:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredible!! Maybe the best one yet!! Love the color choices too!! :clap:
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :thanks:

I can't take 100% for the colors in the Geisha herself, as I was working from a reference photo (I haven't been able to find it again, otherwise I'd link to it, but it's on the web somewhere), but I did choose the colors in the background.

I wanted the background colors to tie in and compliment the chartreuse of the Geisha's robe and hair accessories.

I don't even know what the heck that one green-yellow thing on the top of her head is (a flower? a dead bird?), but it took hours to draw.
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:iconeyeqandy:
eyeqandy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
That should have read "...can't take 100% credit for..." (I wish these messages could be edited after they've been posted, but I don't see a way to do that.)
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