Sharon Isadora
Analytical and purpose-driven graphic designer for branding, print and digital work.
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Illustration

Photorealism Vector Illustration.

The objective.

The objective.

This was a project in recreating an object from a photo reference using solely vector illustration. I chose to tackle illustrating a diamond ring since I find the facets of a diamond incredibly fascinating and complex. (I also love to draw them by hand when I have free time.)

The process.

The process.

I first started by taking a photo of a diamond ring (photo of actual ring shown above). Importing the photo into Adobe Illustrator as a template, I then broke the ring down into five main layers: the band, the setting, the prongs, the stone, and the facets in the stone. From there, I mostly used the gradient mesh tool with a mixture of blend modes and opacity levels to create the photorealistic look of the finished product.

The result.

The result.

The process took hours, but the end result was a realistic replica of the diamond ring, one that most viewers can't tell isn't the real thing!

The role.

The role.

I was the sole designer on the project from beginning to end, using mainly Adobe Illustrator, with a small bit of Adobe Photoshop to clean up the original image used for the photo reference.