Okay…. I’m not sure about the age of my audience. I drew this pretty quickly, so hopefully no one gets upset. Ready? Here we go…
So as much as finished pieces gets all the glory, it’s the ground work that makes it all come together.
I honestly was never one for sketching in the past. If I had an idea, I would just dive right in, no plan, just improvising as needed.
But as I got further along in my career, I learned that having a plan isn’t necessarily a bad thing! It actually helps to know in advance what you’re doing. It helps in a lot of ways.
For instance, I already knew where my light source would come from. It made layering my skin tones a LOT simpler.
Having a good layout helps with the speed I’m able to use here. I can reverse the image to make sure I have the balance needed.
Now that I’m happy with it, I can begin to blend my colors and perform little tweaks that are required for the look I’m after.
Now all I need to do is clean up my Image and give her shadows a little depth by cooling them off.
A lot of these things become easier with time. Give them a try!