Athletics enthusiast Bram Vanhaeren is a digital artist from Belgium. He’s een developing his graphic style since first experimenting with Pen tools in Illustrator around five years ago.

Bram runs creative studio Into1 with his brother Tim. His work ranges from simple illustrations and typography to mixed media artwork.

In this tutorial for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, he reveals how he chooses the right photo to work from, and designs the key shapes that will underpin the style of the portrait – as using different types of shape from smooth to sharp can really affect how the final work feels.

From here he shows you how he has created an environment to find new ways to create his portraits, using a template built within Illustrator to guide his process.

He then shows you how he works up his initial draft into the final work – adding additional lighting and effects in Photoshop.

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