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!)
This past week I was caught up in a whirlwind of work – this time music related. Six performances (4 different programs), 2 rehearsals, and 3 students later, I’m ready to see the work week end! But before I curl up on the couch with my husband, a movie, and some chewy candy, I’m posting the newly outlined (and fleshed out) version of the sketch I posted on Monday. The next step will be the coloring…a step I’ve really come to look forward to ever since I got my new Copic Sketch markers.
I’m still mulling over the greeting. But perhaps that will work itself out after I’ve had a little more sleep! Stay tuned…
One of my personal goals, and, in fact, a big part of the “raison-d’etre” for this blog, is to continue to challenge myself to grow as both an artist and a human being. Even though I have perfectionist tendencies, I’ve learned along the way that the process of learning is far more enriching than just being “there.” I also feel that sharing what you create is the best way to see not only your accomplishments, but where you need to grow and evolve. That said, the process of creating art is a deeply personal one, and as such has to be nurtured with infinite care and compassion.
Lately, as I’ve been working at my Josephine illustrations, I’ve been focusing more on the entire composition, as well as aiming for more dynamic movement overall. In this “naked” sketch (PG, of course), Josephine is teetering on one heel, about to lose grasp of her balloons.
(At least she still has all her marbles!)
I’ll need to settle on the clothes and colors for this illustration, as well as refine the overall composition over the next few days. But that’s the fun part! I hope you’ll stop back soon to see the finished result…
I put the finishing touches on my latest illustration tonight. The markers flowed, but now I’m stumped with whether or not to add a greeting inside the card.
I’m looking for something cheery and encouraging… a “Thinking of You” type message for the woman who handles adversity with grace. Although I’ve created a list of about 44 phrases so far, I’m not blown away (pun intended) with any of what I’ve come up with so far. If any of you readers have constructive ideas to offer, I’d love to hear them!
P.s. For now, I’ve decided to offer the card blank inside. You can purchase it here!
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!