Archive for the ‘Negotiated Practice Re-Do’ Category

February 8, 2011
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February 7, 2011

Liking this more than the first time I tried it, although I haven’t changed much.

I tried adding hair, as in the other image like it, but it just didn’t work very well.. the hand, as well, I still can’t figure out how to make it look natural.. or as natural as a 2D paper dolls’ hand can look, I guess.

I really do like this kind of shading! I’ve never really done it before, but I think it’s definitely part of my visual vocabulary now.

February 7, 2011

Just messing around with the shading a bit, trying to make it work, but I’m not really feeling it. I really like the simplicity of just having blue, and having to rely more on line drawing and crosshatching to get different effects.

I was also keeping in mind the idea I had about framing.. zooming in uncomfortably on an image. At this stage, I really think it’s more effective for me to show the whole design. It says a lot on its own anyway, and I think that cropping so much of it off only takes away from it.

I have, however, decided that I am going to focus my five images on this drawing, rather than the others. They just don’t work together, although I really like all of them individually. I think the series would have much more of an impact if they have a clear-cut theme, and I think this ones provides that the best.

February 7, 2011

Alright, so, I really do like this colour combination on THIS image, but not the other one. I think it kind of polishes it off.

Also of note is that I finally drew something in her hand, which is the screw to attach her leg. And of course it’s only now that I realise I made her hands way too small.

February 7, 2011

More ideas of orange-ness, not too keen on either. I think the blue/black/white looked much more “print”-y.

February 7, 2011

I’m not really convinced with regards to the orange colour, so I tried incorporating another element from the original drawing; that being, having the sketching layers visible.

It’s got a completely different effect on this image.. it almost looks like a shadow, as though there’s nothing inside the figure’s outlines.

I’m kind of losing hope that I can make these two work in the same set, I think I’m going to have to choose between them, but I really don’t want to!!

New colour: orange!

February 7, 2011

I initially picked blue to be the primary colour for these images because of the sense of artificiality it provides- it’s the most far-removed from the natural spectrum of human skin tones. So, I figured, if I’m going to add another one, it might as well be its’ complimentary.

I don’t know how it works on the paper doll, really… it looks quite thrown-in, to me.

Also of note here is that I made a slight adjustment to the first figure’s thigh-attachment-area; there’s a noticeable gap now, just in case viewers wouldn’t be able to tell what was going on with it. I think it looks better this way, it’s more interesting with varying line weights.

Work-in-progress: cut-out doll

February 7, 2011

This is a continuation on the outline sketch I had on the previous page. I think the last of these is really very effective at conveying the idea of the beauty ideal.

It was a little trickier just to stick with white and blue and black on this one. I used the same shading technique – “markering” in shaded areas and the outlining them in black, but this didn’t stand out from the background enough, so I had to do some cross-hatching to separate the two.

Overall, I really do like it, and it keeps growing on me. The only concern I have is that it doesn’t mesh with the previous two very well. I was hoping that colour similarity would be enough to tie them together, but it doesn’t appear that way.

Maybe incorporate another colour throughout the series as well?

February 7, 2011

More work on this pose, which I really do like – aside from the hand. I can’t figure out what to do with it! Everything I draw seems wrong!! I’ll have to come back to it at a later point. Stylistically, I’m trying to replicate the same feel as the previous drawing, so that they all seem to fit together as a set.

I did settle on having the eye looking back at the viewer, which I think gives the image a bit more of a feeling of.. purpose? I mean: the awareness of being looked at by the viewer.

I don’t like the shading on the back.. that’s something to think about next time, as well as hair.

Further progress..

February 7, 2011

I had initially tried to use grey for the hair, as with the figure in my sketchbook, but it really doesn’t look the same here, it just looks like a bit of a mess. So, I removed that, leaving the outline of the figure’s head as well as all of the highlight and shading outlines, which still allows a sense of fullness to remain while incorporating the loose, sketchy feel that I wanted.

For the shading of the body, I tried to replicate the effect of light blue marker pen by turning down the flow on the brush, which I think worked relatively well, and then outlined each shadow with a much thinner, darker line.

I’m quite happy with how this is looking. It’s messy in an intentional way.