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Freckles Gradient Mesh
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Published: June 20, 2012
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Update: I created a Youtube video showing my layers one by one for this artwork. You can find it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejDQcp…

When I started this mesh, I wanted to create realistic skin textures on my gradient mesh work. I wanted to see how far I could push the mesh tool. I wanted to achieve photorealism like I had never done before. I'm happy how it turned out, but I might never push the mesh this far again without someone writing a check for the work. This gradient mesh vector was completed over a three week period. This gradient mesh was done without using the mesh tormentor.

Time: I stop counting after 100+ hours...

Illustrator CS6, gradient mesh tool, a vector hair brush, square tool, and nothing else

Outlines: fav.me/d549s04
Image size
4137x3204px 740.93 KB
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CrashJensenHobbyist General Artist
MIND BLOWN! if I hadn't seen the outline mesh i would have never believed my eyes, I remember when gradient mesh was a new thing in illustrator, this is other worldly stuff here. i vectored a $100 bill and it isn't on the same planet as this is. Fantastic work dude. truly fantastic!
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate you taking out the time to view my work. Gradient Mesh has come a long way and some of the work produced with it can be mistaken for photos, but that level of detail is time consuming. But the results can be amazing and make the whole process worth it.
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otas32Professional General Artist
I just caught your channel on Youtube, thanks for the videos man.
And this is just AMAZING WORK DUDE!!
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure and I'm glad they were of use to you.
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ProjectCornDogProfessional Digital Artist
I love your videos, thank you for the help! 
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure and glad to be of service.
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profvkdHobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work. Is there any way for automatically colouring meshes?
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these are awesome, the amount of dedication man, respect

do you get commissioned for these types of vectors? Companies pay much for these?
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lewandersonProfessional Digital Artist
Hey Frank, Any new tutorials?
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, not at this time, sorry.
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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thayerikiranHobbyist General Artist
amazing. the amount of detail in it !
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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The skin-detail is awesome dude!!!
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate it
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9mmEdProfessional General Artist
This is an inspirational Piece, Frank. Well done, I'm learning a lot from you!
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy to able to help you.
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UrbanGerbils General Artist
As a more traditional artist without the technical knowledge of Gradient mesh techniques, could you tell me, do you work over the original photo or from the original photo? This is definitely the most photo realistic piece of work I've ever seen. Brilliant!
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Madness! I'm really impressed with the work. You da man!
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frankwyte81Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Kahuna
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