I am using a lot of the line I was thinking about – however it’s competing with my wanting to continue my old style with the soft shadows. I am still working on it – but remember to think about where you’re going: Are you wanting to make this soft? Or dynamic? Are you wanting to make her edges hard or soft? What is the tone or mood? Can you tell what it is supposed to be when you see it from afar?
Here is another one I’m working on. I’ve started adding white chalk to this one to bring out the shape of her face as it turns toward the light on the side. I find many of my reference photos from the stock section of (of all places) deviantart. There is a bunch of crap to wade through, but occasionally there are some awesome costumed or portrait references, and I’ve used many of them (with credit and sent the finals to the original model and photographer.) As long as you’re careful to credit, it’s a great resource since there are so many visions on deviantart. One of the underrated places to find inspiration 😀
I’m really liking the toned charcoal Strathmore 500 paper that I’m using on these, and will post them when they are finished. I will do a proper review as well.
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