Creating a Wild Hair, Pin-up Inspired Portrait

I simply adore 1950s glamour and fashion, specifically the Bettie Paige, pin-up era. Today I’m going to create a pin-up inspired portrait with an over the top wild hair design.

The hair will use an interesting twist to my usual process of hair design, which can help reduce your production time by a considerable amount, while adding an attractive element to your work! View Now

Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3h +
  • Updated: December 15,2013

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Step 1

I?m going to be using a stock image from Photodune.
I was browsing the site for pin-up inspired photography to find the
perfect look. I was excited when I came across this image. Sometimes I
have a general idea of what I wish to achieve (in this case a pin-up
inspired piece) and then the actual stock image can inspire further
elements. In this case I imagined the below mock up I did in Photoshop.

Step 2

Now to start a New Document in Adobe Illustrator and set up my
initial layers as shown below. In the ?BG? layer, there is a white fill
Rectangle (M) with an Opacity of 50%.

Once set up, I?m going to draw my initial base shape for the skin
(C=0, M=15, Y=25, K=5) using the Pen Tool (P). Notice how the shape is
drawn past the hairline because when I come to drawing the hair, you
will see some of the scalp showing.

Step 3

I?m going to start with the skin shading in a similar method I do
with previous tutorials. The first step is to duplicate the base shape
and then remove from it using Pathfinder > Minus Front shapes that
are the lighter areas of the skin. This is so you?re left with only the
shadow and darker areas. These shapes will have a fill color of C=0,
M=25, Y=30, K=10, Blending Mode Multiply, and Opacity 5%.

Step 4

As the Opacity for darker areas increases, the smaller the shapes you
create to represent the shading. Here are the additional shadow shapes
around the skin with the same fill color, however with Blending Mode
Multiply and Opacity 10%.

Step 5

Continuing the same process, I?ve added some shapes with a slight
pink hue (C=0, M=26, Y=20, K=4) set to Blending Mode Multiply and
Opacity 20% to add some additional tones to the skin.

These shapes have a bit more of a brown hue to them (C=6, M=33, Y=38,
K=29) and are set to Blending Mode Multiply with Opacity 15%.

…and that’s the end of the preview!

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