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Ritual Mask by Askhari Ritual Mask by Askhari
This is a little exploration I did at the beginning of the week. Being more and more in touch with Vectors, I got very inspired by some of the awesome Illustration I came across on different blogs, and wanted to try it out.

Never liked Illustrator before, never took the patience to get to know the shortcuts and tools, so I think the only thing that was left to do is try it out! The whole thing took me about 6-7h to complete - since I never bought vector packs I decided to illustrate all the ornamental parts by hand.

For the first more complex Artwork I did in Illustrator I'm pretty happy with the outcome, but tell me, whta do you think about it?

// UPDATE: Well, I was still not comfortable with the colors, so I started tweaking and texturing in PS. So here's the new version which I really prefer.
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:iconmrseb91:
MrSeb91 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dope
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:iconkoncio:
koncio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
this is magical :D
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
thx!
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:iconchiamata-alle-arti:
Chiamata-alle-Arti Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Our compliments!
We would like to publish this work on the next issue of our italian art-zine named CAA -Chiamata alle Arti, themed Mask.
thanks
The team

You can see all past editions here:
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The deadline for this issue is 15 september 2009.
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
I'd love to, I'll send you a mail!
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:iconan1r0n:
an1r0n Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I'm amazed by your gallery! Dont stop : D
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:iconlaron:
laron Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Interface Designer
MEN! THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!!!! AWESOME!
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
thx a lot!
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:iconhusam-elfaki:
Husam-Elfaki Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
It's one of my favourites. Would love to do a collab actually, see how we both mix =)
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Thank you! I know this answer is kinda late, but I haven't been on dA for too long (once again :D). Sounds like a good Idea, let me know when you have some spare time!
I'm very glad you like it, I've got more pieces like that coming up in the next days, so stay tuned ;)
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:iconhusam-elfaki:
Husam-Elfaki Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
I have some spare time already man, just hit me up with a note with your MSN on it or message me it on Behance! =)
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Tushle Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
OMG!!!
I love it; it's both fascinating and scary; it's like a reallyreally old, odd looking man has arrives and is staring me in the face, and I just have to stand there...looking until he is done..erh looking! Freaks me out, kind of!
:heart:
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
that's right he's just... looking *muahahahahaaaa*
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:icontushle:
Tushle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
yes exactly=)
thats the perfect description!!
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:iconveritasgraphics:
veritasgraphics Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Excellent work!
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:iconwintermoon666:
Wintermoon666 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks absolutely faboulus !!!
I like it a lot, definitely worth the 7 hours of Illustrator !!!
:+fav:
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:iconmarvelmax:
marvelmax Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
that's very well done for first try... that's awesome... nice vector :headbang:
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
-YD
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:iconcrystanola:
crystanola Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
OMG this is awesome :wow: !!!!
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:iconzero-:
zero- Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Sehr schönes detailiertes Bild, auch die Farben find ich passend.
Ich wollte mich auch mal mit Illustrator und Vektoren näher beschäftigen, aber irgendwie kam es nicht dazu, einmal ein ganz einfacher Apfel war das erste und letzte Ergebnis, was ich je mit Illustrator erstellt hab ;) obwohl die Möglichkeiten des Programms sehr interessant sind.
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
danke... Mir kommts immer noch vor als würd ich mich mit der hälfte nicht auskennen ^^
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:iconzero-:
zero- Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Kann ich mir denken, ich werkle schon ein paar Jahre mit Photoshop herum und bin immer noch oft überrascht, wie umständlich ich manche Sachen mache, weil ich mich mit manchen Funktionen bisher zuwenig beschäftigt hab ;)
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Satansgoalie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
nice work. very stylish:)
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:iconthelonegunman:
thelonegunman Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
great mask, i love the detail. very stylish.
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:iconstevygee:
stevygee Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Hey cool, was neues!
Krasse Maske, und verblüffend was da für Details zu sehen sind, vor allem wenn man bedenkt dass es alles Vektoren sind! Shading und Farbschema sind auch interessant!

Ich fang jetzt auch grad mit Illustrator an (die FH zwingt mich dazu) und ich merk echt schon wie wenig Photoshop für Vektoren geeignet ist. Hoffentlich hab ich dann auch bald was zum herzeigen :)
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
Cool, ich freu mich!
Danke, dennoch glaub ich noch nicht das optimale farbschema getroffen zu haben :/

Die Umstellung von PS auf Illustrator is oft recht mühsam, grad wenn man viele Vektoren mit PS gemacht hat - man verliert schnell die Lust, aber wenn mans endlich mal verinnerlicht hat zuerst den weissen Pfeil und dann das Pen tool auszuwählen, damit man auf CTRL dann das gewohnte Tool hat, dann is es plötzlich halb so schlimm :D

Ich glaub ich muss mir aber noch ne andre Technik für die Linien einfallen lassen, die sind in wahrheit alles Flächen (ja, ich wahnsinniger hab die Außengrenzen der Linien per Hand gezogen) - wenn ich da mal was hab was gut aussieht, dann is glaub ich ein großteil der Arbeit viel leichter...
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BMUNBAQA Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
cool!
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:iconxx-dan-xx:
xx-DAN-xx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
That is one fantastic vector. It's stuff like this that actually makes me want to get off my ass... er, onto my ass to learn illustrator. Good job!
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
thx a lot :)
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:iconclaw-ravenscroft:
Claw-Ravenscroft Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
wow, that's very cool.
I like the color composition and the background. :)
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
thx, you're serious? When I posted it I thought the colors to be a bit boring
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:iconclaw-ravenscroft:
Claw-Ravenscroft Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
No. Printed on the Cromolux paper pearl champagne it would look very good.
I work with that paper at the moment. (I have to make two designs for postcards with that paper).
By the way... Deutsch wäre vielleicht einfacher...
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Idolum Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
An sich schon mal äußerst stylish :D!
Aber für deine Verhältnisse fast schon "brav", was natürlich positiv zu werten ist, da die Fabren absolut miteinander harmonisieren und die Fülle an Details dadurch nicht aufdringlich wirkt!
Meister bleibt Meister *schleim*
xD
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Naja, brav, sauber, Vektoren halt ^^
Ich glaub meine gewöhnliche Strochführung im Illustrator hinzubekommen wär eine Sache von Tagen :D
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:iconnekroxiii:
NekroXIII Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice! very nice!
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
thx, mate!
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:iconbeachdair:
Beachdair Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
awesome Mate!

especially if this is your first try :thumbsup:

well done!

Cheers :salute:
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
not my first try at vectors, but the first thing in illustrator that wasn't a half-an-hour-job ^^

thx a lot
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:iconppmart:
pPmArt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
boah, thats some crazy piece of good artwork!! since i HATE illustrator and only use freehand for work, thats something, i really appreciate. superb!!!
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Vielen Dank :)

Also mit Freehand hab ich ehrlich gesagt noch keine einziges mal gearbeitet. Ich kann mich erinnern es mal aufgemacht zu haben mit 16, und mich dann gewundert zu haben was das für ein seltsames Programm is, weil ich noch nie was von Vektoren gehört hatte XD

Beim Illustrator is das handling oft recht ungut, hab ewig gebraucht mich auszukennen, aber es lohnt sich!!! Das programm is super!
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pPmArt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
iiih, nee, lang lebe freehand, ich komm bis heute noch nich mitm illustrator zurecht, verzweifel schon an den einfachsten aufgaben, während ich freehand schon fast im schlaf beherrsche
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