Top 10 Masters of Gradient Mesh

Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator allows artist to to create photorealism drawings. Below are some examples of the top notch artist showing their works online. All of the illustrations below are made using Illustrator. No photoshop!

Takashi Morisak (Japan)


Yukio Miyamoto (Japan)

Link to old website of Yukio Miyamoto

Ann Paidrick (USA)

Halim Ghodbane (Algeria)

Reggie Gilbert (USA)

Wayne Forest (Canada)

Highside (Japan)

Brooke Nuñez Fetissoff (USA – Chicago)

Henke Svensson (Sweden)

Koji Masui (Japan)

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  1. Are these artists saying they created these photographs, or copied them? Because I have one of those pictures from (it’s a rather old stock photo), and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t created in illustrator. I could be wrong …

  2. now the real question here is why don’t you just take a photo?
    but I guess the answer is gonna be on the lines of because you can

  3. I agree with Tracie… I have the image of the girl that Halim Ghodbane (Algeria)
    posted. It is from an old stock photo from Corel I believe. It does not look different from the original???

  4. Yes, they are really done using gradient mesh. If you visit their website they actually show the gradient mesh wire. However the ai is not available for download.

  5. Man you people are stupid. Of course it looks JUST like the picture, IT’S SUPPOSED TO! Otherwise they wouldn’t be very good at their job, and certainly not on this site. And do you honestly think that the .ai files would be available for download!? If they did that, then ANYONE could say that they drew this. If you don’t know about gradient mesh or Illustrator, then wtf are you doing on this website?

  6. tracing?wow!there are awesome..this it pretty nice list..I am only know Yukio Miyamoto (Japan), but the rest are totally new for me..really amazing..

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