I built this illustration of Robert De Niro in Adobe Illustrator. I am beginning to re-introduce tonal changes like gradations into my work after several months of using only flat color. The progression of images below shows the art being constructed beginning with flat color and ending with gradations and textures. I normally paint portraits in full tone using acrylics, but I recently decided to take a break from painting and sharpen my design and color skills by using only flat graphic shapes. This has been a very useful exercise in that I was able to dispense with technique and focus on the design and the use of simple color choices to create dramatic images.