this is how i begin with most of my pictures. i carry a sketch book with me all the time so i can sketch pictures when i want to. i have had this idea for god knows how long, but i just haven't been able to draw it for good. i started by sketching on my bigger sketch book, and then used tracing paper to trace this picture onto light pastel green paper.
then i start to colour. i usually start with the head because i feel the facial expression is important and i want to focus on the face. i used watercolour pencils here.
just a close up of the face. using coloured paper is always a bit mystery, how the colours work. this time it worked nice, there's a little pale tone on her face.
a little progress. all the areas are coloured with watercolour pencils, and now it's time to start with the paints. i am so lazy i'm going to paint her torso, instead of using my coloured pencils.
i hate how badly my digital camera works with colours. this is really bright in person. i wasn't really pleased with the paint job and my stupid camera (i don't own scanner, i always take photos of my art and try to work with Photoshop to get them look even a bit like the original). SO i opened Photoshop and started to mess around with it. first i adjusted the colours to be brighter like in the original picture, and then i started to deepen all the shadows and colour balance and contrast and painted the bottom of the picture black.
and here is the final product! as you can see it looks a lot different from the first sketch. i usually don't edit my pictures this much with Photoshop, but sometimes i like to play a little.