I put all of this up on Instagram as I was working on it, but personally I think it's kind of neat to see the process of a Painting all together in one place.
This is the the first full sketch I did for this illustration. I think I have some roughs somewhere, but those are even worse than this.
Here is the full final sketch I created before I went into colors.
I had a lot of trouble with the Paper
I used. The color was not soaking in and not working right in general! I did get the paper replaced by the company but it was a lot of work to do to start over.
I traced the image and started over. When I trace my own work I'm not just Tracing
. I actually make an effort to change things. Some things I will erase and change completely after moving them to tracing paper.
Here is the drawing on the paper. I transferred it by using a burnt umber pigment on the back of my tracing paper (this can be done with crushed graphite as well). The drawing I did looks lovely right down to the erased bits I forgot to brush away.
I had to go over some of the lines with graphite because I couldn't see the lines Usually I don't need to do this. Before I started painting I put down some masking fluid.
At this point I have a lot of paint on the paper, but I'm not happy with the shadowing at this point so I had to go in later to adjust everything.
This is what the final illustration looked like before I added inks. I'm not as happy as I could be about the clothing, but overall I like it.
I've been told that I should try leaving out the inks, but I think I would miss them too much. I love how different an image looks when it's complete. I'm noticing just now that maybe the colors could be adjusted to see to show off the wings a bit better, but other than that I'm happy with how this turned out.
I don't have a title for this painting yet, so if you have any suggestions visit my Instagram page and give me a suggestion for a title!