In the last Sketch Diary, I made decisions about the narrative elements and wardrobe. I still haven’t left Photoshop while I gather reference and photo bash them in where needed. This helps me get a more realistic grounded base for elements like the hair, candles, etc. I use anything that’s useful. For instance, the hair comes from bits of someone’s bangs and at least four different photos of hair. The main pose comes from a set of stock photos I shot myself, which are available for other artists to use here.
These photos are just a guideline and are changed later to suit my needs. I also made a last minute change to her right hand (on our left). The original hand wasn’t elegant enough, so I took a quick photo with my webcam to replace the hand with fingers that are more interesting. The ankles and waist have also been thinned.
Next up, I do a digital color test! That’s right, I still haven’t left the prep phase.
After exploring different options, I find that I like 3 the best. The Lady’s silhouette is the clearest since the warm colors push her forward from the cool background and I like the way the purple and yellow play off of one another in a complementary scheme.
This is the last peek at Lady of February before I move on to putting paint on paper!
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