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Self Portrait 2006

Self Portrait 2006

Self Portrait 2006 by TsukiNoNeko
Self Portrait 2006 by TsukiNoNeko


Well well well. It that time of year again? Yes, it is. Time for Allie to post another self portrait.

I've been trying to post one every year now for the past three or four years. This would be Allie Katz circa 2006. I don't think I change much from year to year, but who cares? I think it better exhibits how my skills change. So to you nay-sayers: HA!

This was actually done as the final project for my Digital Illustration II class. I think I'll be okay, and it'll be an A in the hole. But wish me luck anyway. A's are good.

To explain this a little: I wanted to integrate flat vector imaging with gradient mesh to get a nifty stylized look. If you aren't familiar with gradient mesh, it is a vector function that allows you to use a grid to place points of colour that blend seamlessly with each other. That's what creates the soft, painted look. The blocky look is flat vector.

Damn though. This was a tedious one. But it sure takes less thought to do myself. After all, I already know what I look like!

Time Elapsed: 20+ hours
Size: N/A
Programs Used: Adobe Illustrator CS2

General Info

General Info

Category Real People » Self
Date Submitted
Views 5108
Favorites... 25
Vote Score 2
Comments 43
Media Digital drawing or painting
Time Taken 20 hours


Comments (43)

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luckylace222 on June 11, 2008, 6:14:24 AM

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luckylace222xD OMG! Your look wonderful!

TheTangoMaureen on February 14, 2007, 6:37:37 AM

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TheTangoMaureenWow, that's amazing. I have no idea how you did this! Fantastic! *faves*

fruitsbasketfan on October 13, 2006, 11:29:41 PM

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fruitsbasketfanwow,that rocks!!!!!

kairiandsora4ever on October 8, 2006, 10:19:41 AM

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kairiandsora4everTAG YOUR IT!

Vamppz on October 7, 2006, 11:06:36 AM

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VamppzThat's so cool.
I really like how some spots looks real, like the top of the hair, the eye, and the hand; and it's cool how the other parts look like vectors.
It's just really awesome.

ray_lover100 on October 7, 2006, 4:52:32 AM

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ray_lover100whoa tahts frackin good, lol i love how u madethe colors cahnge in the lil white squarres, and i love how good u did gthe hands, lol i drew a portrait of me but it looks liek crap, so i most likely wont post it up, im not that good of a realism artist lol i suck at shading, but neway who caeres bout me!!!!!!! GREAT PIC!! -faves-

SSOD on October 5, 2006, 4:26:05 AM

SSODcool!! ^ ^ your pic is on the main page!! ^ ^ yay!! *runs in circles*

tailslover300 on October 5, 2006, 3:10:22 AM

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tailslover300wow thts pretty good

stippie on October 3, 2006, 10:45:25 PM

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stippieit's really good! *favs*

Touzoku-joou on October 3, 2006, 4:01:21 PM

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TsukiNoNeko on October 3, 2006, 4:08:08 PM

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TsukiNoNekoEhhh, that would be my own fault I suppose. The more points in a gradient mesh, the more realistic the outcome. Since I did each finger individually, there were far more points than in the face, since the face was only split into a few parts. It seems so much more daunting to do that sort of ratio of points on a large chunk of mesh, as opposed to a finger. But I so liked how good the hand came out! I guess I shouldn't have made it so real though. XD

K-Chan on October 2, 2006, 1:14:54 PM

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K-ChanI like the idea and I like the concept. I love the eyes especially because they stick out against everything else. However, I think the photos themselves look a little flat to the rest of the picture. Maybe adding some shading would help pop them out? Also, it would be neat if you could make it so the pictures distorted your face a little; it would give the illusion of photographs instead of three squares with holes inside of them. Great job, and I hope I didn't come off as rude because I really do like this piece.

TsukiNoNeko on October 2, 2006, 1:22:01 PM

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TsukiNoNekoNo, of course not. You're just giving a critique. However, I want to point out that the photographs are SUPPOSED to be flat, that's why it's called flat vector. I've had others suggest the distortion, but I prefer it as is, with the flat vector stylization as the only distortion.

DivineNightshade on October 24, 2006, 5:51:53 AM

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DivineNightshadeNo i Don't Think anybody SHould Critique this! It's perfect! Your an awesome artist!

mickey_da_silver_Rayqaza on October 2, 2006, 5:33:31 AM

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mickey_da_silver_Rayqazawhoa! thats so cool! i wish i could do that....;_;

of_darkness_and_light on October 2, 2006, 3:02:41 AM

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of_darkness_and_lightmeh its pretty kl..but not too convincing...(i think its simply cause all the skin is pretty much the same shade, apart from the orange in the backgrounds. it would make soo mcuh difference if one photo was a slight bit out ^^) anyway, tis cool!

TsukiNoNeko on October 2, 2006, 3:04:29 AM

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TsukiNoNekoWhat are you not convinced of? That it's me? That it's a vector?

of_darkness_and_light on October 2, 2006, 3:06:00 AM

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of_darkness_and_lightwhat?, i just mean the ..'i'm holding some photos bit'. eek, dont hurt me, i said nice things too O_O

TsukiNoNeko on October 2, 2006, 7:22:15 AM

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TsukiNoNekoHa ha, I'm not going to hurt you. :P I just like understanding a critique. What you meant was that you don't think the concept is that great. That's fine, and you're entitled to your own opinion! I just didn't understand what you meant. :)

ages on October 1, 2006, 12:12:51 PM

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agesi suppose by me just seeing this pic or any of your pics for the first time that you are not very skilled as expertise as say whats his name -snaps fingers-....... i think his name is bryan but im not sure he makes reslotions of pictures that are 50 x larger than his own pc moniter thats some impressive stuff if you ask me, just saying if your a fan of space art he should mostlikely be your favorite withought a doubt....theres this gorgeous one that has the moon and the earth colideing he works on this stuff like spec by spec, as for my brother hes been doing it along while to so he may be able to make more complex one in smalled amouts in time or so i think im not experianced at all and you shouldnt listen to me if im insulting you in any way....

good picture 9/10

TsukiNoNeko on October 1, 2006, 2:45:49 PM

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TsukiNoNekoWhat and who in the hell are you talking about? o_O

ojamajo on October 1, 2006, 12:33:55 PM

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ojamajowuau, sta bonito yo penc q era una foto!!!!

SSOD on October 1, 2006, 8:37:51 AM

SSODwow!! that's awesome!! >< love it!! ^ ^

maisloatt on October 1, 2006, 7:42:03 AM

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maisloattwoa. that is so awesome!

feari on October 1, 2006, 7:15:40 AM

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feariWow.... That's really spiffy. I really like it.

OMGitsmarshi on October 1, 2006, 5:06:21 AM

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OMGitsmarshioh my god, thats really good!

FallenAngel0792 on September 30, 2006, 2:18:38 PM

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FallenAngel0792This is really cool... like one of those Kodak commercials

Firemagic on September 30, 2006, 12:40:19 PM

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Firemagicoooooh pretty and freaky but cool !*Favs it*

disneyfreak478 on September 30, 2006, 9:33:50 AM

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disneyfreak478vry nice job!!! i wish u luck 4 a great grade!!!

Fumie716 on September 30, 2006, 8:14:53 AM

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espiofangirl1 on September 30, 2006, 8:14:18 AM

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espiofangirl1Freaking awesome! *favs*

dancing_thru_life on September 30, 2006, 8:10:23 AM

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dancing_thru_lifewow. Thats beautiful. It's very realistic. Great job.

Twiggi on September 30, 2006, 6:43:02 AM

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Twiggiv good gd luck getting the 'A' ^^

FluffyPuff12345 on September 30, 2006, 5:30:13 AM

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Amaya_LOD on September 30, 2006, 4:16:20 AM

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Amaya_LODbeautiful picture :D

fullnarutoZ on September 30, 2006, 4:14:09 AM

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fullnarutoZwow. thts freaky but kool!

Cartoonz on September 30, 2006, 3:38:40 AM

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CartoonzAmazing. :D

Papercut_Dragon on September 30, 2006, 3:24:56 AM

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Papercut_DragonWhile I think the polaroid picture-over-face-thing is really . . . overdone, I really love the breakdown of colors in the flat vector area (Look! Can it be . . . ? Do I see . . . green??? :P ) This also gives a better (read: very accurate) impression of what you actually look like than your last self portrait.

And you got featured! Congrats. ^_^

DarkPeach on September 30, 2006, 2:40:12 AM

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DarkPeachOmg this is amazing! *faved*

CrescentMOON33 on September 29, 2006, 8:36:23 AM

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CrescentMOON33omg thats so amazing! i love the effects ^_^

Remy on September 29, 2006, 3:42:26 AM

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RemyWhy is there only one comment here? this pic rocks!!! looks awesome!!

Noweia on September 29, 2006, 3:40:54 AM

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NoweiaAwesome XD

Omichi on September 29, 2006, 3:39:24 AM

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Omichiwoow.. fine ^^
very nice