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 [link]
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: [link]
In addition screen shoots of the process:[link]
Original photo was taken in Google at one of wallpapers stocks, some were here: [link]
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
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