PHOTOREALISM VECTOR ILLUSTRATION.

 
100% photorealism vector illustration.

100% photorealism vector illustration.

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.

I first started by taking a photo of a diamond ring. 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.

 
Original photograph.

Original photograph.

Gradient mesh shown.

Gradient mesh shown.

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.

I was the sole designer on the project from beginning to end.