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Photo Realistic Vector Flower

Posted in Articles on May 12th, 2013 | 3 Comments

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According to Wikipedia vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics. “Vector”, in this context, implies more than a straight line.
Vector graphics are based on vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the work plan. Each point, as well, is a variety of database, including the location of the point in the work space and the direction of the vector (which is what defines the direction of the track). Each track can be assigned a color, a shape, a thickness and also a fill. This does not affect the size of the files in a substantial way because all information resides in the structure; it describes how to draw the vector. Whatever it is in its definition, I am in love with vector arts. For the first time when I saw an art named “Angel” image shown below by Thai artist Ussa Methawiitayakul (aka I-evermind) in deviantart.com about three years ago my jaw dropped down.

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I couldn’t believe it at first time but after viewing some other sample over internet I have to believe that vector graphics are simply awesome.
I researched in internet the ways and techniques to draw such a magnificent art. I found some ideas but not the clear instruction or any tutorial. With the little knowledge, I attempt to draw a flower in a vector format using MESH TOOL in Illustrator. I completed my very first vector art. The image below is the flower I have drawn in vector format for the first time.

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I used mesh tool to draw this flower. This is completely imaginary. I just draw this to learn mesh tool. But it didn’t look like the master piece I was looking for. Then I get back to internet again and got some more ideas.

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Then I again started to draw another flower shown above. This time I took a real photograph for a reference and I tried to put more details in it. So it took many working hour and hard effort. At last I stopped drawing it and head for another art with less details.

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This time I choose yellow lily and start vectorizing it. I manage to complete one flower shown above with less details but couldn’t get it completed due to its complicate structure.
I couldn’t complete above two flowers because I went through the wrong method. After learning from my mistakes and back breaking attempts I finally came to complete another vector art. The image below is my very first realistic vector art.

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This is my fourth attempt. I finally completed it after working about 48 hours. And here is how it looks. I am moderately satisfied with this one.
I have chosen a flower all the time because I thought this will be the best one to start with. Now I want to use my techniques and experience to draw a masterpiece just like my ideal Ussa Methawiitayakul have done.
Here are some snapshots of my vector flower under construction.

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Now I want to experiment with some new and complex flowers but willing to try out some human faces.

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Real Image

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Realistic Vector Image

Written by Ashok Shrestha
Ashok Shrestha is an up and coming graphic designer for both print and web. He is knowledgeable in Adobe C.S. 3/ C.S. 4, Joomla and Wordpress. He likes to experiment with various techniques in both print and web.

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3 Comments

  1. Nicole Reese says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing. I’m wondering if it’s OK to copy some of the text in my site?

  2. Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed!

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