1.13- Illustrator Self-Portrait

Project Scenario:

We’ve worked a lot with the pen tool and other illustrator tools. This project is a creative project where you will use a picture of yourself to create a self-portrait using illustrator.

Project Objectives:

Draw a self-portrait in illustrator


  • Look at the EXAMPLES!!! Ours as well as theirs (They also have this and this) You’ll need to do at least this good for an “A” on the project!
  • Watch the tutorials on Creating a Self Portrait-(I recommend watching one, doing the step, save your work, then move to the next video, do it, save, etc…) Looking for the old videos??
  • Take a picture of yourself or scan a picture you already have
  • You must create a vector illustration of yourself in Illustrator
  • The image you create can be in any style (cartoon, abstract, etc…)
  • The image must be in color.
  • The image must be created as a letter sized (8.5×11) image.
  • Save the project as in your Folder
  • Save another copy for web with a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels for uploading to the lab. Use “113-username” as the file name so we can always know who’s work that is if it hits the wall or web! (replace username with your online lab login name).


  • Pencil/paper
  • Computer
  • Illustration Software (Illustrator)



  • Pay attention to your main features and trace those large areas.
  • It’s easier to trace the “lower” images first, then the “top” images (draw your head before your eyes, draw your iris before your pupil)
  • Experiment with all the tools, pencil, pen, brush, etc… See what tool feels best for each part
  • Experiment with line, proportion, and color- they’re the major focus on this project.
  • USE AND NAME LAYERS for the different parts you draw… it will help when you have to rearrange things.
  • The wacom tablets should really help here. Use them to make the process feel more natural.


Illustrator document demonstrating mastery of all concepts in specifications. Final Design Image.


  • Create a web page that is a tutorial for other students doing this activity. Explain in detail (with graphics) a specific concept related to this project.
  • Create a portrait of a friend or celebrety
  • Create a still life in the same or different style from your portrait (building, object, famous art, landmark)

State Standards Met:

See Specifications**

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