Ok, so the question by itself might be a little confusing, but basically, I've been banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to create something like this:
What I want to achieve is to create a texture on an object in Illustrator, so I can blend in the object with the background and give it more depth. In the second example, pay attention to the shadow on the face. It's kind of like a shadow gradient, but it blends with some grain into the full face, and I love that effect but just don't know how to achieve it, or if it has a name to look it up.
Your help will be greatly and amazingly appreciated :D