Having tried my hand at a different bodyshape (see below), the latest hurdle I chose to (try to) overcome was that of widening my palette of facial expressions, away from those of reserve and introspection, and into the realm of brazen extraversion. Initially, however, I had not planned on going all out "bimbo". But somehow I couldn't fit her general attitude (or facial features) into the prim 1950's housewife I had originally conceived. So a retro bikini and heart-shaped sunglasses it was.
mardi 16 octobre 2012
It has been pointed out to me(or more specifically confirmed!) that my drawings are peopled by a rather un-diverse cast (...) With this in mind I have tried my hand at a more voluptuous body shape, while still trying to retain the length in feature and limb of my other characters. It was an interesting exercise, and far more complexe in terms of light and shade than a more slender silhouette. I'm not absolutely satisfied with it, but as I've said I'm trying to keep up a steady output of a character a day. Any comments would be much appreciated!
dimanche 14 octobre 2012
I am tentatively picking up my pencils again. As this work shows, I could not do so soon enough, since things are clearly rusty. If I have the patience I will pick this up and fine-tune it some time in the near/distant future; but for now I am burrowing on.
vendredi 10 août 2012
jeudi 9 août 2012
Creating Eleanore was a bit of a challenge; from the start I had decided she should be based on one of the silent movie starlettes, since I imagined her acting in a similar manner, though not quite so overstated. I began by working from photos of the likes of Louise Brooks to get a base, until I reached something I was more or less satisfied with. The idea was that at first glance she should come across as a frail little thing, put upon by circumstance, a classic, albeit faded, English beauty, the stereotypical colonial wife. Naturally, however, her character could not end there; she needed some bite, some substance, which is were the angles in her face came into play, her pointed chin and defined jawline. In the final tweaks (which occured when the character was more or less fully modelled) I brought her eyes slightly closer together, and lengthened her chin. Minor Hairfarm details such as her rather long, dark eyebrows enabled me to give her more structure, and make her more atypical. The rest was left up to her acting.