Last Monday I posted an illustration sketch along with the transferred inked line drawing. I was very excited to get to the coloring-in step, but life intervened and I spent many hours playing ballets in the pit at the David H. Koch Theatre.
This afternoon when I sat down at my drafting table to work on the illustration again, I was instantly swept up in the process and remembered just how much I love it! For those of you who are curious, after transferring the final sketch to marker paper in the form of an inked line drawing, I then start by coloring in the skin and facial features. My reason for doing this is simple. Since the face is where the eye goes first and I take great care with the expressions on my “Josephines”, if I mess up on an element of the features, I can always start over without having to scrap hours of work.
This is what the illustration looked like after I had completed the face, hair and skin rendering:
From there, I “dress” my fashionista. My husband caught me at work inking in her raincoat:
And here she is in all of her glory!
The birthday card version is now available in my shop at Etsy…
(Click here to see the card!)