In order to learn all the ins and outs of Photoshop, I have been watching and reading lots and lots of tutorials. There are so many fascinating things I can't wait to try. There is one tutorial I came across that I immediately sunk my teeth into; Creating Vector Style Illustrations in Photoshop. Have you ever seen a blog with an illustration (like a woman on a laptop) in it's header? I think those are so adorable. When I went searching for those images, I found out they were for sale...for a pretty penny. Too rich for my ever shrinking budget. So I wondered how hard would it be to make my own. I have zero drawing skills to speak of, so sketching was out of the question. After spending some significant time searching the internet, I found the aforementioned tutorial. Instead of creating the character from scratch or a sketch, you use a photo as your baseline. Genius.
Here is the photo I used:
Here is my first attempt at making a character illustration of myself: