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Sakai Vector Portrait

Hey Go Media faithful! Man, it feels like it’s been years since I’ve posted anything in the Zine. These days all my writing has been focused on my upcoming book Drawn to Business, Designed for Success. I think everyone is going to love the content. It’s all the nitty-gritty details about how we run our design firm, but I digress. This blog post is about a piece of art I created for last year’s WMC Fest. I had this crazy idea of illustrating a portrait of my friend Heather Sakai. I wanted to try and include all of her passions in one single image, from her Japanese heritage to her love of Hello Kitty. I thought it would make a fun subject for a tutorial. Though, I’ve been doing so much writing for my book, that I really didn’t want to write a tutorial. Instead, I thought it might be fun and interesting if I just showed you my process in a series of images. So, without further ado, here is my (nearly) wordless vector illustration tutorial.

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A few sources of inspiration for this design.

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sakai_Right_Hand
sakai_Body
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sakai_face_1-02
sakai_face_2-03
sakai_sword-03
sakai_dragon001
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You’ll notice that it looks like the dragon’s body is snaking back and forth. To create this appearance, I simply copied the body, pasted it and flipped it horizontally.

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sakai_rice_bowl
sakai_coffee
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sakai_vector_pack_19
I grabbed the wings and tail from Vector Pack 19.

sakai_crest
The Sakai family crest provided to me by Heather.

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About the Author, William Beachy

I grew up in Cleveland Hts. Ohio and was drawing constantly. As a child I took art classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art and eventually became known as the "class artist." I graduated from The Ohio State University's department of Industrial Design. I have always tried to blend my passion for illustration with Graphic Design. Go Media was the culmination of my interests for both business and art. I'm trying to build a company that is equally considerate of our designers AND our clients.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/RBucurel Bob Bucurel

    Very Cool, thanks for reminding me how much fun illustrator can be. +1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Mudassar/100002080931951 Muhammad Mudassar

    nice

  • Hope

    Just curious…how long did this take you to make?

  • LoremIpsum666

    Just one word to say: WOW!

  • http://www.freetemplatesonline.com/ Stacy

    this post is full of inspiration