Hollywood Henchmen



As a Movie buff I decided to have a little fun with a personal project, to cover some of cinema’s more memorable henchman characters. There are tons of artwork dedicated to the main characters of these movies but very little in regards to the blue collar grunts that are iconic in their own way.

I used Illustrator to create poly portraits of these characters (more to come), because I love the simplistic aspect of being able to break down something complex into more simplistic parts. I find Poly art really helps you visual the concepts of the sum of the parts being greater than the whole.

Design Tools

  • Illustrator

My Role

  • Graphic Designer


  • 2016*
  • *Ongoing Project

My Rationale

I decided to do this project as an exercise to better familiarize myself with Adobe illustrator, its pen tool and shortcuts. Early on in my design work I spent a lot of time creating vector artwork drawings through Illustrator. I felt that further exploring and creating polygonal/mosaic artwork, which I find an interested artistic method, would be an excellent way to better familiarize myself with Illustrators pen tool shortcuts while also letting me create some interesting artwork related to one of my interests: movies.

Design Process

The design phase was relatively simple if not overly time consuming and at time frustrating.

First, I would look over the internet to find a good reference picture of the subject I would want to use. I wanted images that captured the subject fully or at least waist up and would show some of the traits they were culturally known for.

Second, I would bring the image into illustrator and on one layer while creating an overlay layer that would house all the triangles that would make up the polygonal version of the image.

Third I would start creating triangles on the subject. The difficulty here would be to create triangles that would fit the subject, not be too small so that the image wouldn’t look simplified with polygons but also not too large so that he subject wouldn’t be too reduced in detail.

Fourth, after creating a triangle I would make sure the triangle didn’t have a fill (using a shortcut) and then filling it with the triangle with the whichever color, from the picture on the underneath layer, was currently captured within the boundaries of the drawn triangle.

Finally, the fill color was often chosen with the eyedropper tool by selecting the very middle of the triangle so as to get the median color of the part of the image that was within the drawn triangle’s boundaries.

Through the painstaking process of conducting this method across the entire image I was left with a polygonal version of the underneath image to create a cool mosaic effect.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately it can be a pain staking process as each poly quadrant needs to be slightly different in colour then the other poly sections around it or each piece of the whole art won't stand out on its own. It can also be difficult to break down complex parts into triangle sections. But as a puzzle enthusiast I view each project as a puzzle and gain satisfaction of a job well done when all the pieces come together.

Although Ihaven't had the time I would like to have to complete the project, I still have a fair amount of interest and desire to complete a few more posters as there are still a few henchmen characters that I believe would look very good in the polygonal design.