If you follow me on social media, you might've seen some of my recent character portraits. Over the past few weeks I've made custom vector illustrations of people as their favorite pop culture characters such as Rey, Ms. Marvel, Arya Stark, and Liz Lemon. I've had so much fun creating these that I thought I'd share a little about the process that goes into making each portrait and explain how you can get your own!
For those that haven't seen, here are the most recent pieces straight from my Instagram feed.
When you watch your favorite movies or TV shows, do you ever wish you could get in on the action? Does vying for a seat on the Iron Throne seem more appealing than vying for a seat on the train? Or do you think "Millennium Falcon pilot" has a better ring to it than "owner of a 2005 Camry?"
My custom vector illustrations are like digital cosplay - you pick the character, the outfit, the pose, and I make it a digital reality. Afterwards, you can get your picture printed out so you can hang it over the mantle, or you can make it your profile picture on social media. I give you all of the requisite files, so you can use your portrait however you want.
When you need a boost of confidence or you just want to escape reality for a while, you can look at the picture of you as a badass Jedi, a proud Khaleesi or the newest Ghost Buster. No matter what fandom you pledge allegiance to, I can make you the hero you were always meant to be. It's cosplay you don't have to get dressed for!
How Your Custom Illustration Comes to Life
Once you submit your photos and answer a few easy questions, I immediately get to work on making your vision come to life. Using the provided reference photos, I can put together a pose and expression that combines your personality with the essence of your favorite character.
Each portrait represents about 15 hours of work. After matching character poses and facial angles with those of the photos you've provided, I create a hybrid between you and your fictional counterpart. I do my best to leave crucial details like hairstyles, scars, jewelry, and armor intact while ensuring that the character is still clearly you.
With those elements finalized, it's time to add color and shading. This is where your portrait really comes together - action poses take on their heroic tone, facial expressions show their emotions and textures become almost tangible. For intricate pieces like chain-mail armor, I'll even create custom Illustrator brushes to preserve as much detail as possible.
How to Become Your Favorite Character
Ready to transform into your favorite character from a TV series, movie, anime, or book? Just click this link to head over to Fiverr and make a request!