so i spent the entire weekend sitting on the floor, hunched over my drawing board, creating another pile of miniature art cards.
the other half, reclining in comfort on the sofa behind me, glanced over while i worked, and made a comment about making a time lapse video.
“we should totally set the video camera up and film you drawing a card from start to finish” he said.
“yes, we should”, i replied, knowing full well neither of us would be arsed.
i was right. we didn’t bother. but for those that might be interested, i did take some photographs of the process – so maybe you can just squint your eyes and scroll the mouse wheel up and down really fast, and pretend you’re watching a video? cool.
i start with a really vague outline:
then begin to thicken up the lines:
and add a few details, like the stitched up scar, her makeup…
nobody loves a toothless zombie, so next i add those, along with falling cherry blossom, and more detailed hair:
then i thicken up the outlines a tiny bit until i’m satisfied, and add the details to her robe:
thicken up and finish off the lettering:
and the basic geisha is done. next stage is usually where i completely ruin all that hard work, by adding colour. a little bit of pink for the cherry blossom, darker reddish pink for her eyes and cheeks:
then i build up some streaks of colour in her hair:
i quite like her still at this stage ^. this is where i should stop. “a good artist always knows when to stop”, they say. well, i never claimed to be a good artist. so next i add more colour: a lovely deep blood-red-ish pink for the obi, dark zombie-grey for the robes, and a paler mixture of the 2 colours for her sleeves.
…and she’s done!
well? are you scrolling? it’s *almost* exactly the same as watching a time lapse video, no?
next up: coming soon: A BIG CHRISTMASSY GIVEAWAY! so, watch this space.