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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 niko4ka2484.deviantart.com/art…
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:)))
But....my 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: niko4ka2484.deviantart.com/art…

In addition screen shoots of the process:nikalim.deviantart.com/art/Red…

Original photo was taken in Google at one of wallpapers stocks, some were here: www.google.co.il/search?q=red+…

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: fineartamerica.com/featured/re…

You can purchase all my works in my online shop by following link: www.etsy.com/il-en/shop/NikaLi…
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:iconfiroru:
Firoru Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow! I'm impressed! I love it!
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:iconbasaloochoa:
basaloochoa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work with gradient mesh tool. I know this tool. Greetings.Clap 
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:iconhurpaderpathekiller:
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. :)
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:iconredevils1989:
redevils1989 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
This is perfect, too much work. =)

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:iconkidneytheft:
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?
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
No, it's all drawn in vector -Adobe Illustrator - Graphic program from reference photo.
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:iconkidneytheft:
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?
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
U can see here: [link]
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:iconkidneytheft:
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?
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:iconnikalim:
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:
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:iconkidneytheft:
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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Vixan1187746 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm...I think see proved to you enough...
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:iconvin1968:
vin1968 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Awesome as usual
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:iconmagp:
magP Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist
very impressive !
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:iconannamnt:
annamnt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Goegeous!
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:iconzakumy:
zakumy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great JOB! .... x...x I'm in shock!!
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:iconamayaangeline:
amayaangeline Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really I thought that this is a photo @_@
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:iconnnufergs:
NNUfergs Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I never seen this kind of work come out of a vector graphic editor. This unbelievable! You defiantly deserve the DD and much more.

I have had a very hard time figuring out how to use the gradient mesh tool effectively. Do you have any tips or tutorial you have used to learn? Thanks!
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi, thx. I can tell u that I learned this tool by hard way of trying & mistakes. To understand which shape u need for each part of drawing & how to build it correct. What I can offer to check some videos on Youtube. For example lesson of "basic shape" of Franky(one of DA members) can really help u, as I found it already after I learned this tool, I thought that pity I didn't find it in start of my way:) This video can help u to understand how to build mesh in correct shape:[link]
This video, can help u to understand how to move/change points and create the necessary forms up to u needs in drawings:[link]
After u can check all rest videos of Franky, how he create faces, hair and etc.:[link]

And his official page here on DA: [link]

Maybe one day I also will do video, as I have my one techniques:) But the way Franky do it is very similar to how I'm doing it:)

Good luck:)) Hope it will help u:)
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Cooldot- Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is insane! <3
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:iconmetal-jam:
Metal-Jam Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
WOW.... O__O
I lack of words
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:iconmoonmystery:
moonmystery Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is downright amazing---extraordinary!!! I bet you are now temporarily sick of working on this picture. The result is beautiful and looks identical to the original to me!!! It must've been painstaking.
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thx:) It was my last work in mesh & I don't sure that I will ever do some work in mesh:)))
Already 4 month pass from ending of this work & only thought about new work in mesh make me feel not good:)))
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:iconiastartov:
IAstartov Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Only vector? Amazing, very impressive!
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:iconorioncreatives:
orioncreatives Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My eyes popped out and are rolling on the floor right now!!!!!
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thx it's biggest complement for me;)))
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:iconyarroaroon:
YarroAroon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work)
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Спасибо:)))
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:iconflobelebelebobele:
Flobelebelebobele Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
You have been featured here [link]
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thx:)
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:iconzadesumagu:
zadesumagu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP YOU MUST HAVE WORKED ON THIS FOR MONTHS BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
By the filling it was half of my life:)))
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:iconeehcoli91:
Eehcoli91 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I can't even freakin comprehend the process of doing this in Illustrator... o.o
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
To tell u the true, most thing I love in mesh it's process & for sure more than result:)
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:iconeehcoli91:
Eehcoli91 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Really? I guess I feel that way about my work too. It's really satisfying when you completely dive into your work and work out every little detail possible even if a lot of it doesn't really come out in the end product.
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Packwood Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible! I'd be interesting to see a step by step tutorial for those of us who aren't that good at Illustrator, how you got every hair and every weave of the corset 100% exact to the original photo... with a gradient mesh now less. I'd say it'd be impossible for me to achieve that if I tried painting it :p
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Are u kidding me, tutorial? Maybe after a loooong break I can handle a little tutorial with explanation of the hardest parts as hair & global understanding of mesh tool to do any work u want, but for now I'm really hate her and can't touch:))))
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
THX:))
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
It's my pleasure! :)
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RipperBlackstaff Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daaaaamn *impressed* Jeez you rock
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:iconmaniacfls:
maniacfls Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo! I never taught you can do that in illustrator.
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:iconchronophoenix:
ChronoPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks like a photo... it's umbelievable.. i wouldn't believe that's vector
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:iconryanisnasty:
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD! :heart:
:huggle:
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank's:)))
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:iconryanisnasty:
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Your welcome :)
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:iconyumakun556:
YumaKun556 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist
MISTAKES?!?! ARE U KIDDIN ME.
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:iconnikalim:
NikaLim Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
No really, as I see at some places not exact shapes and not 100% identity:) I am crazy perfectionist, can't do nothing with it:)
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