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This Instructable shows how to take a portrait and turn it into geometric art. This process can also be applied to animals, figures, and landscape. The image I am using is a stock photo and I claim no ownership or profit from this photo, I am merely using it a tutorial piece for learning purposes. This complete process was made at Techshop.
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Step 1:

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Before starting in Adobe illustrator, I opened the file in Photoshop. I then chose the 'adjustments' feature, and chose 'levels.' Under 'output levels' use the bar to lighten up the image, making it easier to see the lines versus the shapes and colors of the original image.

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The image has now been opened in Adobe Illustrator. I started with the eye, as a way to start with the main feature of the illustration, and work my way out.

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Slowly broadening out now. I am not solely focused on anatomical correctness. While not straying too far from anatomical features, I also chose to connect certain segments, merely because I thought they were interesting. However this is my preference, and people can enjoy experimenting with different techniques. 

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Continuing to work my way out and around the facial features and face itself. After I am more satisfied with the line work  I go back to certain areas, deleting lines, and or moving them to connect with other segments.  Just until I am satisfied with how the picture looks.

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Once you are satisfied with the line work, you can dispose of the very first layer, the original image. After deletion, flatten the image, converging all the layers. To go further with your illustration, you can also use the Paint Bucket Tool to cover specific geometric shapes, and contrast colors.
paqrat1 year ago
No Photoshop here but I think the work could be duplicated in other graphics programs. Are you using the straight line tool for this?
You lost one of the lines that defines the width of his nose.
ohhello (author)  digitalArtform1 year ago
In your eyes, I did. In my previous statements, I did clarify that I was not being anatomically correct and that I have freedom as an artist.
You had it in step 3. You had it in step 4. You lack it in step 5. No biggie.
ohhello (author)  digitalArtform1 year ago
In steps 3 and 4 I mention that I delete nodes or move them to my liking. I did not 'miss' anything. But thanks for the observation-Your noticing has been noticed.
Oh, okay. I was confused. BTW when someone gives you feedback on something, especially when they are trying to help you improve something, try not to push back.
ohhello (author)  digitalArtform1 year ago
I did not see how you were helping, just picking at what you thought was a mistake. However, you have reminded me to accept feedback more courteously, so I shall.
przemek1 year ago
Alternatively, you could Free vector drawing programs like Gimp and Inkscape. Do Tools/Edge Detect in GIMP, save and import the image to Inkscape, and use Path/Trace bitmap option. After 5 minutes I am getting this:
Nice work. It's a great look and I'll use this in future works for sure. Did you know you can achieve absolutely accurate connection points by using the built in snapping features of Illustrator (Snap to Point, Snap to Grid etc.)? Rather than just leave them on, toggle them on or off as needed as the snapping can drive you bonkers when you don't want it.

My first job in the "biz" was doing production process flow graphics and my supervisor would review my work in artwork mode, checking each and every intersection zoomed right up to a million percent. Made me ridiculously proficient (and picky) about my Illustrator work.
ohhello (author)  AnimattersInc1 year ago
No, but thank you for pointing it out, and providing others options to choose from.
LENDERBOY1 year ago
You don't describe what illustrator tool you are using.
ohhello (author)  LENDERBOY1 year ago
The 'Line Segment Tool'
nfarrow1 year ago
I do the same thing when I cartoon people