Communication Design – Flat Design Cartoon Portraits

For this experiment I wanted to understand more about different types of flat design. Therefore while browsing the web I came across a tutorial on how to create Flat Design Portraits on Illustrator. The idea really excited me as I had never created an avatar of myself before.  I also thought it would a good opportunity for me to get a better understanding of different techniques used when making a flat design.

I used this video to guide me in making my portrait:

Below is the screenshot of how I created my portrait.

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I began drawing the shape of the body, neck and head. I did this with the combination of the shape tool and pathfinder tool to unite and subtract the shapes.

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I then created a shadow underneath the head. This was done using the shape tool and subtract tool. I then decreased the opacity of the black shape that created the shade effect.

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I then began drawing the ears, eyes, mouth and eyebrow using the shape tool.
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I then began drawing the hair with the pen tool.

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I then decided to create a shadow on one half of my face as seen on other flat designs. To do this I grouped the entire portrait and made a copy of it. I then expanded it and united. Using the shape tool I created a rectangle that would cut through the middle of the portrait with the subtract tool. I then aligned the cut out shape on top of the original portrait and decreased the opacity like I did with the shadow on the neck.

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I then created a second outline of the hair with the pen tool. And decreased the opacity to create a shade effect on the hair.


This is the final outcome of my flat design portrait.

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I then wanted to add an accesory to my portrait. I used the shape tool and pen tool to create the beanie.

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This is the final outcome with the beanie.

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