When I’m creating a new illustration and need a reference for a particular pose, I often find Google Images to be of vast help. Case in point, this week I wanted to draw Josephine in a crouching pose. Google image searches for “woman crouching” yielded many great results and lots of inspiration!
Based on studying the poses, I created a preliminary rough sketch…
However, when I imported the sketch into my photo-editing program so that I could “mirror” it to check my lines, I decided it needed an overhaul. My next version is a better drawing, yet it lost some of the playfulness of the sketch above. This is one I’ll sleep on for a while before I decide my next move!
In case you’re curious, my illustrations always start from a concept. Like…
From there I search the web to find photos that will help me create realistic-looking poses for my fashionista, Josephine. In today’s sketch, I wanted Josephine to look ladylike (but still sexy) as she battled a sudden gust of wind. The following two images helped to shape my composition:
While this great image gave me the idea to insert a male element to inject a little whimsy and humor as well.
Here’s the pencil sketch that evolved…
While the composition is still “in-progress”, I’m liking where it’s headed so far. I’ll be posting the final rendered illustration later this week. Stay tuned!