This will be fairly quick . . .
So, I wanted to practice drawing some more but decided I would copy something (copy, not trace), specifically . . .
I started by drawing some guides.
At this point, I realized there is a smoothing function available for free-hand drawing, but it was too late. I did, however, remember to use layers.
Notice I’m not following the guides, opting instead to flow the markings a bit more.
Notice also the bit of red . . . I remembered in time and switched to a new layer.
Again, only using the guides as a suggestion and I’m blending colors trying to match the original.
Nearly there. Just have to add some shading and texture . . .
At this point, I’m feeling pretty good and thought the drawing would look better on a black background . . .
Well, crap! . . . what happened? I tried a couple of different backgrounds.
Ah . . . I see what’s happening; I didn’t completely fill the colors and the background color is bleeding through.
Easily fixed, I thought . . .
Well, crap again! . . . that doesn’t look as good. Well, at least the background color won’t bleed through anymore, right?
Well, I should have left well-enough alone. The first finished product looked better and not too far from the actual piece . . . here they are for comparison:
Well, I learned a few things . . . First, it’s not as easy as it seemed to blend colors and get complete coverage. Second, I should draw with a background color other than white so that I can see if the paint I’m putting down is getting complete coverage. Third, changing the background brings out the strokes a bit more than having it as a white or blank background. Fourth and final; leave stuff alone once you like it. Trying to “fix” it often makes it worse.
And now, a gallery of the drawings.
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