52 Week Drawing Project- Weeks 7-8

This weeks' prompt: Black and white close-up of face with a silly expression. (For background and all prompts, click here)


Woo boy, y'all, this has been a busy week(s). I did not finish this drawing in one day like the other ones and I didn't have a lot of free time to do any doodles or close-ups of eyes.


I have a batch of shirts coming out plus some xmas stuff going on plus another orangutan fundraiser so yeah, no free time.


BUT WAIT TIL Y'ALL SEE THIS ONE


I'm so happy with it, even with the imperfections. I ended up going with a picture that was not the one I was initially considering. I actually was just going to use this one as a doodle. Test out using the airbrushes and not go so far into the photorealism because photorealism isn't going to be my style, right?


I just cannot help it. I'm too worried about the details, about the picture looking *just right*. So here we are, more photorealism.


The inspiration picture is Gillian as Goddess Media as Lucille Ball, a character from American Gods. I'm not going to lie, I tried to watch the show but it was too confusing so I just googled Gillian's parts. She's the Goddess of Media so she plays characters such as David Bowie and Marilyn Monroe. And she slays, of course.


Since I wasn't going all out on this one (rolls eyes at my own self), I did use the original picture to lightly outline the major features, then I got to working on the details. There was a lot of zooming in and out. When I started in on the hair, I was so happy with how it was looking, especially with the flyaways. Then I zoomed out and realized there's a hole bee-hive of hair.

I started with a black blob of hair and some generic details around the blob. I added flyaways around the edges and used lighter shades of gray to define the curls inside the blob. In between messing with the hair, I was adding shading to her facial features. Once the hair was done, I moved on to her chest and dress. I'm so glad it was just a polka dot dress!


So here you have it! The eyes and nose are a little off, but I still really like it overall. I didn't bother with the background. My favorite parts are the hair and dress. At any rate, it's a huge improvement over last week.


I did make the time for a couple of little doodles of Denise and Amy's pup, Dexter! He's also featured in the model pics for the next shirt design.

I think I used watercolor brushes for the first one. Just a quick little boop of a drawing because he is too cute to pass up. Then I did a little Amy Jo style avatar of him.


So next up (it starts today, actually AHH THERE'S NO TIME) is a black and white close up of face and shoulders which is basically what I just did. That's okay, I'm SURE there is another one out there for me to draw. LOL That's a joke because there are a million+ pictures of Gillian floating out in the world.

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