Recently, I had the fun assignment to create an avatar for a professional speaker. Here’s the process I followed.
1) The client gave me a photograph taken at her last speaking engagement (courtesy Wendy Hauser Blomseth):
2) From the photo, I created a line drawing sketch. I scanned in the sketch and used it as a guide in Illustrator to create filled shapes:
3) Next, I reduced the amount of information in the drawing—by eliminating fine details—so it would translate well to a smaller size used for online icons. Then, I created for color schemes from which to select:
4) Finally, I presented the client with the final concepts for her to use in her various social media profiles: