See? Practice pays. 😉
I feel pretty content right now. No, it won’t last, but it’s not supposed to. Your good times get spaced out so you can enjoy them.
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!
I’m trying to keep my sanity lately. My usual cycle is to feel better, stop my meds then feel worse. But the good thing about#inktober is that it’s helping me with my perspective.
Inking with brushes takes a lot longer than using pens! Still, I like knowing how to ink the old fashioned way.
Sometimes the backgrounds take me even longer than the main image. My real job puts me in hotels occasionally, so I know what they look like. That means this one was easier.
Oh and it will be nude. Did I mention that? Sorry I’m freshly medicated so my attention span is…off.
While at home Friday, I was watching the news here in Baltimore and noticed something amazing; our weather lady was hot! Yes yes, they put cute heads on television all the time, but this was different. This girl had a porn worthy body and they almost NEVER let women like that on air. (except Galavision and Univision, bless you both)
When I worked out of the DC bureau for ABCNews, we noticed this. Some of the PA’s definitely had custom car bodies, but the producers preferred the more model types. The fact was if you were simply stunning, you probably didn’t get to go on air. Maybe they wanted the women to not be too pretty or sexy, maybe the old duffers upstairs had a type and only picked it. But it was definitely discriminatory towards certain types of beauty.
So here I was staring at someone who met that mold, on air! I guess times are changing. It might be a good sign. After all, for many ethnic women you could only be two types, big mama or beanpole. It’s cool to see an average woman with an adult build make it. A little less hypocrisy is always a good thing.