Starting to work on my artistic style. Instead of using live trace in Illustrator like a lot of artists do, I have my own unique style of tracing using color "quilted" together to make the picture. I take a picture of my own (see Photography, African, 00003 for the original picture), and then work on each different color area, "splotching" them together layer upon layer until I get the desired coloration and effect, to where from a distance, it looks just like the original, yet more cartoon-like. I taught myself this while doing a couple projects while in college, and have been steadily "perfecting" it until I like its results. The backgrounds are designed to make the image itself pop more and look more realistic. Be watching for more of these drawings soon. If you'd like to have me do one of yours like this, just shoot me an email, or go to my Facebook page and send me a message.