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Red Queen - Alice in Wonderland -100% vector by NikaLim Red Queen - Alice in Wonderland -100% vector by NikaLim
Ok what can I tell, it was the hardest work ever I made.
It's 100% gradient mesh work in Illustrator CS6.
NO tormentors was used.
Tools: selection & direct tool, transparency, rectangle tool, ellipse tool, eye drop and one million nerve cells.
Original file weight 65 MB. 130 hours of work between 01.11.12-27.03.13.
It was technical side, now about soul expenses:)
I started to draw it in the middle of my work with Gorillas…
as I decided that I just can't do one work and to waste my time.
So I started to draw Red Queen, my first thought was: "It's seems impossible, but I'll try".
I started drawing pearls on a corset, then the top part of sleeves, face, collar, eyes, hearts, crown, neck, hand and small details avoiding a corset and hair. But when i finished all small parts and get to hair my computer said to me:"no way I can't do it".
And every time I try to draw hair he was starting a hysterics, he refused to show the image in preview, just in outlines, he began to stammer and loudly to puff, refused to save the file in JPG and etc.
So I was compelled to create the separate file for hair and as a result separate file for a corset. When I started drawing hair I began to hate mesh tool, but when I started drawing a corset I damned that day when I started working in Illustrator.
But all the time I made hair & corset in my had was only one thought: "how I will stick together it in one file?"
Yesterday I finished my work and started to stick files together, guys I think that I have a lot of gray hair & my computer too:) Only to stick it together it takes something like 3 hours, and I can't use any other programs in computer. But when I started to save JPG - wow 45 minutes for one fa*** file:))) last thought was:"I really made it?!"

What you tell guys?:)

Certainly I see couple of mistakes, but now I just can't touch Illustrator & damn gradient mesh I need a brake:)))

Few parts of frame:…

In addition screen shoots of the…

Original photo was taken in Google at one of wallpapers stocks, some were here:…

PS: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DD!!!! Unbelievable, thank you very much I really appreciate it:)))) I am dancing here, wow,DD. THX:)

I want to explain that my purpose of this work was to check the limit of the mesh and to make this work not distinguishable from the original and I made it!
I found the limit, I know what exactly this tool limit & what he can't do, but shhhhh, don't tell to Adobe Testers:)))
I completely understand this tool, I don't insist that this work high art piece as artist, but process of doing it which was really improbable & good experience, was very interesting.
I really think that it was my last work with mesh tool. I will never ever involve myself to work like this, but I am glad that made it even if someone considers that it is asenselessly, not for me for 100%, once a life:)))
And by the way it is my 6 work in Illustrator at all, so maybe it's not so bad;)

Many thanks to those who understands complexity of process, I am grateful:)

Canvas you can buy here:…

You can purchase all my works in my online shop by following link:…
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basaloochoa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work with gradient mesh tool. I know this tool. Greetings.Clap 
HurpaDerpaTheKiller Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, when I first saw this I thought it was some kind of screenshot or a cosplay. Great work. :)
redevils1989 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
This is perfect, too much work. =)

KidneyTheft Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sorry for my confusion. but this is a mixture of actual photo and some illustrator painting?
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
No, it's all drawn in vector -Adobe Illustrator - Graphic program from reference photo.
KidneyTheft Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
do u have any process shots? the hair in particular looks like a cut and paste fom the photo?
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
U can see here: [link]
KidneyTheft Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
seen that already. still looks like the hair is a texture copy and pasted from the original. do u have actual process pics? u painting the hair and dress?
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have screen shoots of the process, but I don't sure that it can help u to understand that it vector drawing with out any copy/paste from original, if you after checking of outlines, can't believe it's all drawing.
I offer u to check on this site more works of professionals made with mesh tool in Illustrator.
Few links:
KidneyTheft Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
id still like to see process shots. half of the red queen looks legit, and the other half where itd be hard to reproduce looks grainy and lower resolution as in its copied and pasted. now if u didnt just paste the textures over yur mesh then why is there any low resolution at all?
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