Hello, here is a portrait after a reference Irakli Nadar used recently.
I must admit I totally fell out of patience with the hair and any detail that would not show on a smartphone with the image fitted to the screen. I feel like I’m working on useless details and then I rapidly begin to sabotage the drawing. So I guess even if it’s nowhere as advanced as Irakli’s, it’s enough for my study.
and here some steps I’ve been through
The original sketch. Every time I see the first pass I do, I wonder how I kept the confidence to continue:
Then I decided to make it tighter so it helps with painting. This is new to me. Usually, I stick with the uglier sketch:
Then the first base of color. At this point I feel fresh even though I know when I’ll see it again later I’ll wonder how I found the confidence to continue:
Here I adjusted the hair contrast after seeing the image on my phone. I was disturbed because she felt like a mouse with a crooked eye. At this point, I felt disappointed, but I could only try and save it at this stage.
With a happy “transform and slap on top of everything” operation, I felt I saved it. Then it was just about adding detail and I ran out of patience (like 20 minutes in I was already bored…)
Here is the first final version. I reworked it after refreshing my sight and mind
Here is the actual final again so you don’t scroll back up