Val­ues come first

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Val­ues are more im­por­tant than colour and I ad­vise cre­at­ing a black and white adjustment layer that you can flip on and off to check that they’re read­ing cor­rectly. Ev­ery­thing is still very loose: I don’t want to com­mit to ren­der­ing any­thing out un­til I’m happy with the thumb­nail. I still haven’t set­tled on the de­sign and don’t like how evenly spaced the com­po­si­tion is.

Ex­per­i­ment­ing with the draw­ing

This is one of four or five dif­fer­ent ways I try to mix up the com­po­si­tion. I hate how much ‘ float­ing head syn­drome’ is hap­pen­ing and won­der if paint­ing her neck in would help add some ges­ture. I start to wish I’d put more thought into the ini­tial draw­ing. Re­paint­ing ar­eas is te­dious work, but ul­ti­mately good prac­tice if you learn from your mis­takes.

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