There are two rules I follow when doing these daily drawings. 1) No more than 4 hours on a drawing. 2) It must be submitted before 12 midnight, Eastern time. However, like all rules, they are meant to be broken, and this was a strong example of it. I will update this post later today, but right now, it’s late (as of August 12th, 2018, 1:30 am EST), and I have work in the morning. I will say this: The image was in my head for a long time, and it wasn’t easy to pull out.
Update (August 12th, 2018, at 9:09 pm): This image was inspired on based on a lot of things, including 90s pop culture (film, tv, and animation) and tropical beach setting at the time. I figured I do that last as the grande finale to “Beach” week. However, knowing that this was going to take a lot of time and with Saturday being a busy day for me, I worked on portions of it while doing the other daily drawings.
It was easy at first when I started with the background. Unfortunately, the hair became the most difficult, because I was trying to imagine/remember what it looked like. I ended up searching online of different hairstyles, and choose the parts that best represented my vision. Even after the penciling stage, I found myself having to make some last minute changes.
When I finally finishing it, I looked back and wondered, “Does it live up to my vision?” Yes and no. I personally thought the placement of everything, along with background, and some of the coloring were the strongest parts. Still, I felt the need to improve on this. I did a few minor touch ups to the image, including the face, makeup, and coloring, before I decided to let her go.
- Penciling: 2 hours, 26 minutes
- Inking: 1 hour, 25 minutes
- Coloring + Background: 4 hours, 23 minutes
- Total: 8 hours, 14 minutes
Next Week’s Theme: Simply Anime, mainly the classics.