I snuck in another illustration for winter. This piece is titled "Lady Frost," and it's from an idea that has been floating around in my head for awhile. I thought that instead of running my poor sketchbook ragged, it would be better to just get it down on digital paper.
1. I went for a quiet and subdued mood in this piece, opting for colors that weren't as bold. This was the time to gather references. Using some wonderful stock from faestock for the portrait, and pulling some snippets of trees from Google Images, a composition was laid out for step #2...
2. The most freeing part of any illustration is the drawing! I really enjoy the look of a dark drawing over a colored thumbnail, so going with that was a no-brainer. Notice the purple peeking through?
3. Blocks of value are added in to differentiate forms. It made more sense to open her eyes at this point; walking through a winter wonderland with her eyes closed could have eventually made her trip headfirst into a snowbank.
4. Basic colors are laid down over the value next. Initially, I had very clear idea of a red outfit trimmed in grey fur, to go for a Mrs. Claus type character. But with some feedback, it was easy to see that there were more interesting options that lay ahead.
5. Knocking the red back and adding in some frost brought this character out. When working digitally, it's so much easier to make composition changes. After some reflection, it looked like more could be added to the foreground in order to push the depth of the piece. So, cue the snowy branches!
6. One final dash of glam. Snowflakes!
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