While the blog isn’t officially live yet, I can still blog.
This is a sketch I decided to do at 2 in the morning. I don’t know why, but I felt spontaneous. It took a little less than 45 minutes to do this one, though I think that if I tried, I could work faster. Unfortunately, this was one that I didn’t think to record a video of, since I figured it would be just a quick little sketch.
Advice for those of you who want to do this sort of thing: Record ALL your work to video. You can always delete it later if you don’t like it. I think I’m going to make a habit of doing that…
But, to outline the process quickly, I did a quick underlying sketch at 8×10, 72dpi. When I actually found that I liked it, I upped it to 600dpi, and started a new layer with a more refined lineart. Still somewhat sketchy though.
I set the underlying sketch to about 40%, and keeping it there kept the “soul” of the illustration, which I found the cleaner lineart had lost.
The rest was just filling in with more black, for the hair especially. I used a 75% opacity brush, and switched it to white to get some of the highlights.
To get the sort of fuzzy look, I did a Ctrl+Shift+C to copy all layers, pasted it down, Gaussian Blur, and then set the blend mode to Screen. I added a Levels adjustment layer to bring the exposure back down.
I’d like to know from you – what do you think of this picture?
When you look into her eyes and see her face, what thoughts cross your mind?
There isn’t any hint of a situation, other than the almost non-existent hint of a collar. What do you suppose is going on in the picture?
I’d love to hear your comments!