Por­tray a strong fe­male pin-up

Takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to the pin-up genre, as she de­picts a beau­ti­ful, con­fi­dent woman in an en­gag­ing fan­tasy set­ting

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or this work­shop, I’m go­ing to show my process in cre­at­ing my Earth Guardian il­lus­tra­tion in Pho­to­shop. I’ll ex­plain how to use colour, com­po­si­tion and pos­ture to help con­vey a feel­ing of beauty, bounty and whole­ness.

I love paint­ing happy and beau­ti­ful women and girls, and when I think of pin-up art, I want to see some­one who’s beau­ti­ful, but also looks like she has a life be­yond sim­ply pos­ing for the viewer. I

Fwant her beauty and at­trac­tive­ness to not rely solely on how much skin she’s show­ing. There’s noth­ing wrong with a lit­tle cheese­cake, but as is the case here, I’ll of­ten want to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

As I brain­storm ideas, I know right off the bat that I want to paint some­thing that feels warm, lush and full of life. I’ll use bright, warm colours, and work on a com­po­si­tion with lots of bal­anced en­ergy and big, rounded fram­ing el­e­ments. I’m keen to give the char­ac­ter a con­fi­dent pos­ture and full fig­ure, and fill the com­po­si­tion with nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

I’ll show how I set up the piece and ex­plain my thought pro­cesses re­gard­ing the char­ac­ter’s de­sign. I’ll de­tail my method of adding colour to a sketch in a way that en­ables you to add vi­brant colour with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the de­tail of your sketch. I’ll also show you that it’s okay to re­work an area that isn’t com­ing to­gether, and why it’s help­ful to keep a copy of your orig­i­nal sketch to re­fer back to.

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