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Summer Breeze - EvgeniaVonTess Vector by frankwyte81 Summer Breeze - EvgeniaVonTess Vector by frankwyte81
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Still trying to improve my technique on the gradient mesh. I really enjoyed doing this piece. I was a big fan of this model before she joined Deviantart. Before I started, I enhanced the colors of the original photo in Photoshop and I vectored it. I also added some birds to balance it. No blurs or effects were used to create this piece. Enjoy! Done in Illustrator CS5. Tools used: gradient mesh, pen tool. Time completed: About 28 hours

My Deviantart Gradient Mesh Video Tutorial: frankwyte81.deviantart.com/art…

Model :iconevgeniavontess:

My Outline: :thumb198528183:
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Please note: I have written a descriptive comment previous to me gaining a premium membership. However, I will try and go into even MORE detail for the sake of the critique :D.

First of all I would like to congratulate you on such a wonderful result. You have done exceptionally well at replicating the image you started from, in turn you have actually exceeded the quality of the stock photo, that is quite an achievement!

Initial POV(Point Of View):
On first inspection the piece appears to be a wonderful photo taken via a camera. It has been captured wonderfully by the artist, near perfect composition with delightful lighting giving a very sensual feel to the piece.

POV upon further inspection:
It takes a thorough look at the piece to realize the truth of the fact, this is actually vector art! The artist has used the 'gradient mesh' tool throughout the piece to get real-to-life lighting, therefore making the shape and form absolutely spot on. It is amazingly crafted and at times I found that I kept having to remind myself that it truly is vector.

I am in awe at the detail you have implemented on this piece, it truly is utter brilliance. Possibly the most amazing aspect of this piece is the shadow implementation, although you have gotten the major part of the shadow direction and flow from the original, close inspection of both proves to show that you have added little embellishments, giving it more detail and DOF(Depth Of Field) than was originally present, this is one of the many factors that elevate it above and beyond the stock. Getting such details correct truly - no pun intended - is a work of art, even some of the greatest artists cannot do such details without direct stock resources but you have managed to carry it further and have pulled it off!

I must say, the most perfect part of this piece is most surely the face. It is absolutely and unmistakably real-to-life, it could of come straight from the camera! It has perfect lighting, the shading is spot on, DOF...everything about it is perfect, I genuinely have never seen a face quite so well made. I would especially like to commend you on the jawline and the ear, they are such hard subjects to draw but you have, once again, pulled it off extremely well.

I love the subtle touches you have added to the piece here and there, they really do make it shine. This is shown with the addition of the birds to the image, they truly do make the composition just that much better, it really does even out the piece. Similarly, the artist has a more dispersed version of the clouds in the sky, it once again improves the composition by leaps and bounds.

Details that may require inspection(IMO):
The first part I would suggest adding a touch more detail to would be the hair. In the stock photo the hair is well defined, every strand is rather prominent. Where as on this piece the hair is silky smooth, to the point of cartoon-ism. I believe a middle ground between the two is what would be most suitable for this piece.

Secondly is the 'short shorts', I believe in your adaption they are too smooth and lose too much definition for my taste. I believe some subtle work with the grain tool would rectify this problem.

Last of all I would suggest a touch more definition on the 'island' at the bottom of the piece. It may be rather hard to get a perfect balance between a touch more definition and losing DOF but I believe you can do it :).

With the suggested 'fixes' I truly believe it would elevate this piece even further, putting it up there with the best of them.

Conclusion:
The artists has done extremely well in capturing the essence of the human form, managing to add to the piece, improving on the failings of the photo. With some subtle changes this piece will most definitely be one of the greater pieces of vector art ever created. I for one will be following the artist and their progression as they develop there abilities even further. I truly believe that some day =frankwyte81 or QFdesigns will be among the famed `CrisVector and ^ChewedKandi.

Details of the 'Rate this deviation' section:
Vision: 3* for wonderful ability to capture the human body so wonderfully. The two deducted are due to a lot of merit going to the stock photo.

Originality: 2* due to it predominantly being a recreation of a stock photo. However I still accrued two points as this is above and beyond the quality of the stock photo.

Technique: 4.5* due to amazing work with the recreation for the photo, great use of certain tools to create perfect lighting and as a result, simply sublime shape and form. Also is the addition of certain features that improve the composition ten-fold.

Impact: 4* due to a wonderful pose that is both sensual and seductive and the artist has portrayed this well with the correct use of the right tools. One star is taken due to this being ever present in the stock photo.

My little note
I would just like to say, absolutely wonderful job on this. I hope you took something from this critique and I hope it may help you in any way that is beneficial to you. You are an amazing artist and I can tell you have a very VERY bright future ahead of you and I wish you the very best. Cheers

Random side note
Sorry for the extremely long critique but well, thats how I do things :P. I think I should just submit this for my English assignment, all up I have written 984 words throughout the critique, that is essentially a massive essay....and some :P. Who said I wasn't dedicated to supporting artists?!
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nadeemshuja Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Interface Designer
really awesome.....
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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porsamali Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
nice!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it
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gbooker61 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can see the progression in your amazing talent over a 3 year period. Absolutely stunning to say the least....I mainly use Adobe Illustrator for logo design and other graphic design projects. Viewing these amazing mesh tool compositions in your gallery has inspired me to experiment with the tool a bit more in my own artwork.
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use it for logos as well. But when I was in art school, there was this one guy that use to use the mesh tool. I was very impressed by his work and the realized Illustrator was bigger than logos. So I started experimenting with Illustrator and developed y mesh technique. I'm happy you like the work, it was a slow progression. Experiment brother, it can take your art to another level.
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marin6960 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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usm100 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Nice!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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NeroNine Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Franklin Delano !
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you just give me a new name?
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NeroNine Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I lifted it from a commercial. It generally translates to "shazam !" Amazing vector.
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok. Thanks again
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hotanups Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW WOW WOW!!!! this is a great job well am like you i like realistic drawings but somewhere just bend it to show it is a painting, I am a Photoshop guy, but i want to try realistic vector art like this could you tell me how you proceeded layers?? and btw what you meant by your outline_thumb?? thanks...great work!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found my Youtube tuts. When I mention my outlines, it's the wireframe work for my vectors I create. You can find them in "outline mode" in Illustrator, i.e. outlines.
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hotanups Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
am really new to this technique i am not used to illustrator only for logos or deigns... do you have it in your tutorial because i'll be learning this technique completely from your tutorials...hope i get time cz i see it takes a damn lot of time week!!! man! you got patience!!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To create gradient mesh you need to now the basic about Illustrator. But start with this video and keep going with the series [link] Yeah, the patience will come with experience, if you stick with this, you'll develop the patience also.
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hotanups Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
great thanks a lot for you help!!
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kkht311 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Lovely art.

I LIKE!

:-)
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much
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fixer11 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Looks like photo.... Exellent work!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I strive for realism.
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AngstromAlliance Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Every time I study this, the tonal quality of the skin textures still amazes me. We're you working of a very high-res image that retained all the minute details, or have you perfected a method for recreating the look without drawing each individual freckle and pore? Any advice would be gratefully received.
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually work from internet images images of 72 dot per inch. When I take them to Photoshop I make them 300 dots per inch. This allows me to increase the size, but the details aren't as sharp. So from here, I try to replicate the tonal values in the skin that help portray realism. As you know, skin is made up of multiple colors and when they're blended together nicely through the gradient mesh, it is something of beauty. If the person has a distinctive mole or freckles, I usually would create them in my vectors. But for pores on the skin, I haven't done an image that has been close enough to see pores, I might try it soon. With every vector or painting I try new things, new techniques. This goes a long way, having more than one way to create the same part of the body using the different techniques.
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keybladesword Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
you are amazing
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks bro
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AngstromAlliance Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Holy mackerel!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
BOING!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol
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Tonyas-Treasures Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Beautiful!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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sec1973 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
wowsers! u r great at what u do
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me time to learn how to do the mesh. Thanks for the praises and complements. It's cool that my work inspired you to stop drinking beer on Saturdays to work on the mesh, lol
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sec1973 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
wowsers! u r great at what u do
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KingstonWhites Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
How is this not a DD?!?
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know. If you feel it worthy of a DD, suggest it to the people who decides these sorts of things.
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isra-ac Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! Hard to believe it's not a real picture! Impressive :D
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Glad you like.
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isra-ac Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
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Maarel Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bravo!!!!!!!
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow:
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RhexFiremind Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this kind of work is JUST AMAZING!!!! i cant believe what youve done!, really, this is... oh... cant say anything else...
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm glad you find my work appealing. Thanks
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Purser01 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I really enjoyed this photo even though it been photo shopped. The wonderful symmetry of the top contrasting with the even more wonderful curves of her shapely buttocks is superb. Very, very good indeed.
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What was photoshopped? It's no photoshop on this vector piece, straight gradient mesh tool in Illustrator CS5. Read my description and check my outlines for this piece.
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Purser01 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Pardon my ignorance. I thought this was truly beautiful.
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem.
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agwesh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011   Digital Artist
great work !!
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