Vector Gradient Mesh Illustration

This was my first attempt at doing a full portrait using only the gradient mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator. Before this, I'd never really used meshes in any of my work so it took a little long to get the hang of it.

Vector & Mesh Combo

Original Photo by Thomas Traylor

The only paths used were to make the hair strands. There are 5912 individual paths of hair.

The original photograph was taken by Thomas Traylor, and the model is Shonda Mackey

I'm happy with the outcome, what do you think?

Vector Illustration using gradient mesh

Gradient Mesh Outlines

Gradient Mesh Outlines