After looking at that picture a bit more, I'm strongly tempted to move back from the weird glow idea, and maybe just go with a more traditional second light source. I'm also definitely going to go over it and clean up some stuff. Still, it's nice to be basically finished with this image, and able to think about other stuff.
For example, here is a scribble of a cowboy couple.
This is playing around with ideas for what could be called a commission, except I'm not getting paid, so I guess you could call it a gift. It's a good thing I'm not getting paid, actually, because it's many months overdue now, and here I am going back to the thumbnail stage.
More moving things around to little or no effect. I also did some color, trying out darker shadows, which worked well, but somewhere along the way ended up making her look masculine (something about the chin), so I'm not showing you that.
I did some sketching separately today, so I'm feeling a little bit better.
I know that the way I have been treating that picture (see the last month of posts, or so) is wrong. Or, at least, it's wrong from some perspectives.
A picture with energy, which is generally a picture that conveys a sense of being drawn with confidence and economy, is better than a picture which is more accurate or realistic, but doesn't have the energy. Working on a picture continuously, tweaking, is a great way to kill energy. This is why the sketch, waaay back, although it has some problems, is a better picture.
Also, by working on the same picture for a long time I am losing opportunities to practice. I'm getting rusty, I suspect.
So why do I keep at it? Sheer bloodymindedness is part of it. I'm not fond of giving up until I've done the best I feel I can do. I'm learning, too, especially with the color stuff.
About comments: I love getting comments. I admit, being told a picture looks good is a real motivator. I may not always agree that the picture in question looks good, but that's because I'm criticizing, not appreciating. Sitting back and admiring my own work is not conducive to getting the job done, but being reminded that maybe not everyone is so critical does wonders. Keeps me from stabbing my own eyes out with a stylus, sometimes.
Critical comments are good, too. I won't lie and say criticism doesn't sting at all, but it's important (very important) to be able to get past that sting and evaluate critical comments. Advice, even if I chose not to take it, always offers a new perspective.
Have I finally driven everyone away with endless fiddling on this same picture? Well, everyone was about six people, but six people I like. Oh well.
I keep coming back to this picture because, at some level, I like it. I like the image I have in my head, anyway, and this is frustratingly close. And of course, I keep looking at it and thinking, just let me fix that, that doesn't look right, needs a tweak there, oh, now that's gone and f**ked it.
So, after spending hours playing with coloring, I went back and tweaked the line art in what seemed like fairly radical ways, only to end up with exactly the same picture. Either this means the picture I started with was fine, or I can't do any better anyway. Of course actually it has changed, just enough to make the old colors partially useless. So, an opportunity to retry some of the color options from scratch. Yay.
So, "final" line art. The color plans for this are vague, in my head, and considering how much trouble I had getting this far, I'm not expecting to get through to the end without a lot more grapple and struggle.
Still, my little voice is saying, "stop screwing around and finish the goddamn picture." I'd better listen, I think.
Pandora is currently my device of choice for music while I doodle, and sometimes (less often) when I write. It does a pretty good job of finding songs and artists which I like based on the artists I have plugged into it. A case in point: Asian Kung-Fu Generation. I'd seen some of their albums in Japan, and always thought the coverart was quite nice, but I never sought out the music. Pandora served up one of their songs, though, and it turns out I like them quite a bit. Might even buy something, eventually.
Probably this looks pretty funny. Obviously I'm having a hard time coming up with a pose/configuration that I really like. In some ways, I much prefer the "sketch" version of this picture to the way it looks now. I'm hoping that by continuing, I'll get a picture I can live with in the end, or at least learn something.
I haven't fixed the mistake about covering up the boobies, but I have made a lot of medium-scale changes. I'm liking it a bit better. Still, there are bits that I'm still not happy with. And no, it's not the bit about the lack of boobies.
An effort to clean up the lines and fix some stuff. Clean up also involves adding smaller, "sketchy" lines here and there. Maybe it gives some texture. Anyway, it just seems to be something I end up doing.
On the other hand, I'm thinking of going back to a pose closer to the "pencil" sketch. I might keep some of this, and mix in some of the old. Or, you know, abandon it like I have so many others.
Another picture which didn't really turn out to look like the person it was supposed to be. This time I was interpolating (i.e. guessing) based on a number of different pictures. Still, no excuse.
Funny thing about this picture is, I really prefer it zoomed out (see below). This is exactly the opposite of the problem I used to have, where my pictures would look terrible zoomed out, and better close up. How did that switch happen? Mystery!
I'm of two minds. I'm sort of happy, because the picture worked out OK, for a figure drawn from imagination. On the other hand, I don't think this sketch will make its way to being a finalized picture. Well, good practice anyway.