Our assignment was to place 25 boxes in a uniform pattern and then utilize Illustrator for something in each box. Instead of going about a randomized project, I decided I wanted it to turn into more of an art piece. I turned out better than I had hoped.
I started out with the facial elements. Once those were in place I knew I wanted her to have earrings too. The rest is pretty random, but I think it all marries well. Again I pulled from Charley Harper inspiration, and then used a few different tools like exclude in pathfinder and different gradients.