Create a drip-effect portrait in Illustrator

The portrait idea is as old as the hills, and in this competitive digital age it's vital to add your own unique styles and twists to grab attention.
In this tutorial I’ll walk you through how to create an unusual multi-layered, drip-effect portrait. We’ll cover the basics of the Pen tool, using a limited colour palette and effective layering techniques to create an original portrait. Once you've got the basics nailed, you can apply them to create complex, in-depth and individual-looking imagery.

  • Software: Illustrator CS3 or later
  • Project time: 3-6 hours
  • Skills: Manipulate the Pen tool, Use strokes to produce unique results, Work with a limited palette

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