This series of digital portraits celebrates 12 famous people of the twentieth century. Each person's portrait was published on the anniversary of their birth.
The subjects were chosen because they were born on a particular day, approximately one week apart, between May and July. There is no other connection between them, other than they are people who interest me, but I tried to achieve some diversity in terms of occupation, race, nationality and gender.
Creating the portraits
Using several photographs I sketch the subject to capture essential details. Then I import the sketch in to Adobe Illustrator and use it as a guide to start building up the face. Each portrait takes between 6 and 8 hours to complete in Illustrator.