I'm working on a portrait of Malala Yousafzai as part of my residency at Planet Labs. The conference rooms at Planet are all named for various contemporary and historical figures that have made a difference in the world with humanitarian and scientific contributions. The plan is for the finished portrait to be featured in the "Malala" conference room.
I started the portrait with a pieced together Photoshop composite to get the pose that I wanted. I basically traced the resulting image in digital pencil on my computer to get the proportions right. I refined the trace with real pencil and then used ink and a brush to lay down the ink lines. The inks were then scanned and prepared to bring into Adobe Illustrator with Cocoa Potrace. In Illustrator, I plotted in the basic tones and shapes.
More process posts from this series can be found at my blog.