This is not a photo. It’s entirely created using Adobe Illustrator in vector art using a technique called Gradient Mesh.
Gradient mesh is an extremely difficult technique to master. It requires the patience of an artist and the the vision of a 3d modeler to pull it off correctly. Ruslan Khasanov has a gift for this style as you can see here. Take a closer look at this series of wireframes and finals and pay close attention to the fabrics and hair. Amazing.
Want to learn how to do this?
Using only the Mesh, and the rudimentary 3D tools in Adobe Illustrator CS3, Gregory VanDenBerg has created a stunning vector illustration of a concept car. Check out this video displaying it’s final reveal. Wow:
There are certainly several 3d applications out there. Even though the limited range of dimensional tools don’t give you allot of power, you can see that in the right hands, it can do marvellous things.
Check out these vector cars.
Vector mastermind Highside has “kicked it up a knotch”. Her vector illustration has a sense of realism that is just incredible. Take a close look at the details on this Rawlings glove. The colour is spot on, but it’s the creases in the leather and the texture of the laces that have us baffled. How did she do it?
Take a look at her process here:
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KOJI MASUI is one of the world’s greatest ultra-realistic vector illustrator. He is a master at handling complex gradient mesh techniques to create vectors that are photo realistic. Here is an example of his work in the form of a French Horn. Notice the way the makes polished metal seem so easy.
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Ahmed Alrefaie is a 22 year old student from the Middle East with a great deal of patience. Each of his incredibly detailed pieces take about a month and are produced in Adobe CS3 the old fashioned way – clicking one point at a time using the pen tool.
He’s got a great handle of color using several gradient mesh techniques. You can see strong examples of this in his skin tones and fabric textures. This example really impressed us: