Illustrator Avatar

I’m working on an illustrated storybook-style resumé that tells the story of my career and time off from working in the design field. This is part of the first illustration for the resumé and will be used as a profile photo.

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Reference Photo

(Yep, that’s me!)


Pencil Drawing

I used the photo as inspiration for the pencil drawing. I took care to incorporate some common characteristics of the animated princesses like enlarged eyes and shortened facial length. I wanted to created an idealized storybook character of myself, but to remain recognizable.

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Ink Drawing

I created streamlined outlines in ink and scanned the ink drawing. Here I’ve just begun creating the vector outlines using the calligraphy brush and pen tools.

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Illustrator File in Process

Here I’ve begun colorizing and building volume using gradients and watercolor washes. Look at those organized layers!


More Layers

I’ve used shadows and highlights to create more depth.


Final Avatar

Here is the final princess version of me! It will be worked into a storybook-style design piece that illustrates my resumé.