Now we will work on the details for the face, the hair and the baseball cap. Again, once you really get a hang of this it’ll be easy for you to work on any picture. Its just a matter of how much details you’d want to put into the portrait. First we’ll work on the eyes, actually just the right eye. As you might have noticed our model is looking and down so not much details will be needed for her eye.

That’s it were done with the eye. Check out the image below of other eyes that I worked on from my other vectors.

You might notice that I do’t put much details on the eyes of my works but don’t let that stop you. You can put a lot of details when you’re working on your own vectors.

To trace the mouth, first trace the shape of the lips. Don’t forget the whole for the mouth, use the steps that we did when tracing the word “Kellogg’s” on her shirt.

Using the posterized layer as a guide, add shadows and highlights on the lips.

The color changes are subtle but when you look at the portrait the details really makes difference.

For the teeth, create a shape layer under the lips layer and fill it up with white then add the shadows to complete the mouth.

The mouth shadow layer is sandwich between the teeth and the lips layers. Here’s what our face currently looks like.

We now move on to the hair. The hair layer should be done on top of the skin layers. Just trace the hair as you normally would. Try to include the as much of the fly away strands as you can.

Here’s what it should look like with the original photo layer turned off:

We need to add shadows and highlights to the hair to give it texture and not flat.

We’re don with the hair. Here’s what should our work should look like now.

Now just finish it off with the baseball cap and create a background and you’re done.

If you need the reference psd for this tutorial you can download it from here.

I really hope that his tutorial was able to teach you what you needed to learn to work on your own vector portrait. Please do visit our gallery section to view more samples and submit any vector that you worked on using this tutorial. You may also email me for clarification or any suggestion on improving this tutorial.

Lastly, let me be the first to say Congratulations on your first vector!


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Update: I have included a supplementary tutorial on working on the eyes. Check it out:

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