I finished a new piece for my portfolio!
This was a fun one. I've been wanting to do an Illustration of the Firebird for a long time.
I saved a JPEG periodically as I worked, so you can see how the picture progressed. When I was done, it occurred to me that the composition had a sort of twisting shape not unlike the golden section... so I grabbed an images of the golden section from the internet and put it over the picture. It doesn't fit perfectly, but it fits oddly well for something that was not intentional.
Progress photos from sketch to finish:
Lately I've kind of been working through a portfolio overhaul. I've had to sit down and say, what do I like to draw? How do I like to work? What do I need to work on? What are my strengths?
As I've worked through answering those questions, I've created several "Portraits" of some of my favorite characters from my favorite books. I've learned a lot doing this project, and plan to keep adding to this set. So far, I have six portraits. Here they are, in no particular order:
Ani, from The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
This book has been a favorite for a long time. When I first read it, I loved the fact that I looked a lot like the main character, Ani, with long blonde hair and green eyes.
I realized that all of the fanart I've seen for the book shows Ani's long blonde hair. It is an important part of her character and important to the plot of the book. But she spends much (even most) of the book hiding her hair and dying her eyebrows dark to disguise her identity. So I thought, why not do a portrait of her as she would appear for most of the book--not a long-haired princess, but as a goose girl with a scarf covering her hair.
Attolia, from the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
So many pictures of Attolia show her proud, her head held high as she looks down her nose at you. I've drawn some of those. But for this one, I wanted to show her feeling a little less secure--still beautiful and queenly, but like someone who would ask, "Who am I, that you should love me?"
Iselle, from the Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Most of the portraits here are of the main (or at least title) characters in each book, but not this one. I was intimidated by trying to draw a beard on Cazaril and trying to get it to look right. Iselle is such a great character in this book, though, I wanted to try a portrait of her and try to capture her personality--smart and capable.
Lord Peter Wimsey, from the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
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